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EU starts legal action against Hungary.

The EU Commission is to launch a legal probe into Hungary's attack on a Soros-funded university, but Hungary's Orban was unrepentant the he faced MEPs.

- EU Observer - EU

Despite recent bloopers, the polls have got it right on Corbyn.

Polling companies have taken a bit of kicking in recent times, after failing to predict the outcome of several major political events. The Conservative majority in 2015 was unexpected, as was last year’s vote to leave the European Union. Across the pond, the shock election of Donald Trump as US President also defied ...

- City AM - UK

Johnson stands by £350m claim made in Brexit campaign.

Boris Johnson has insisted he stands by his controversial claim that Britain sends £350 million a week to the European Union that could otherwise be spent on the NHS.

- RTE - IE

Far-Right Leaders Loathe the European Parliament, but Love Its Checks.

For right-wing lawmakers who attack the European Union, a perch in Parliament can mean a lucrative sinecure, easy news media exposure and immunity from criminal prosecution at home.

- International NY Times - US

NATO Secretary General to participate in the Informal meeting of EU Ministers of Defence.

The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit the Republic of Malta on 26 and 27 April 2017 to attend the informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Defence in Valletta.

- NATO - INT

EU launches process to lift Le Pen's immunity over misuse of funds.

The European Parliament began a procedure that could lead to the lifting of France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's immunity for alleged misuse of European Union funds, the president of the legislature said on Wednesday.

- France24 - FR

EU Struggles to Reset Ties With Turkey.

European Union officials are struggling to figure out how to improve vital economic and security cooperation with Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid a widening political rupture that threatens the relationship.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Britain's May tries to warm atmosphere with EU before Brexit talks begin.

The British Prime Minister said she wanted a 'deep and special relationship' with the European Union

- The Globe and Mail - CA

EU hurries to fill Trump trade void with Pacific partners Japan, Mercosur.

Europe's claim to be the global champion of open trade and a counterweight to the threatened protectionism of U.S. President Donald Trump risks ringing hollow if it cannot sign a new Pacific free trade deal by the end of 2017. As part of the process, the European Union needs to persuade an EU public wary The post EU hurries ...

- The Japan Times - JP

EU green light for tougher controls on firearms.

EU ministers gave the green light Tuesday to a revision of the firearms directive, which provides for more rigorous controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms.

- EUbusiness.com - UK

Deutsche: Brexit risk to up to 4,000 UK jobs.

The warning is the latest from a financial firm since the UK voted to leave the European Union.

- BBC - UK

May repeats hope for 'special' link with EU post-Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has had "constructive" talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on the Brexit process, Downing Street said.

- RTE - IE

'Have a little swagger', CEOs tell PM May in bid to make Brexit pay

By Kylie MacLellan and Huw Jones LONDON - Global chief executives and investors had some sharp advice for Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday: Make Brexit a success by looking beyond the European Union and adopting a little swagger about the benefits of the world's fifth largest economy. While repeatedly calling for a ...

- Sify - IN

EU to promote cooperation between European, Indian cities

New Delhi, April 26 European Union -funded International Urban Cooperation programme was officially launched in India on Wednesday. According to a statement from the EU, IUC will consolidate city-to-city pairing cooperation among Indian and EU cities which will work together to develop Local Action Plans in urban ...

- Yahoo! News - US

EU's Juncker, Britain's May discuss Brexit ahead of EU summit | Reuters

LONDON European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May had a constructive discussion in London about the Brexit process on Wednesday ahead of an EU summit on April 29, a Commission spokesperson said. May hosted Juncker and chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier for dinner at her Downing ...

- Firstpost - IN

Britain's May tries to warm the Brexit atmosphere with EU | Reuters

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday she wanted a "deep and special relationship" with the European Union, trying to warm the atmosphere before Brexit talks begin.After a dinner at her Downing Street official residence with the EU's main Brexit ...

- Firstpost - IN

Britain's May tries to warm the Brexit atmosphere with EU

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday she wanted a "deep and special relationship" with the European Union, trying to warm the atmosphere before Brexit talks begin.

- Reuters - US

The road to Brexit and beyond

The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. But how did it get to this stage? And what happens next? As the negotiations fast approach, familiarise yourself with the all-important dates and events.

- EurActive - UK

Free trade deals and their crucial role in EU agri-food exports

Names like CETA, TTIP and TTP now dominate the global trade agenda. They are inescapable factors in our globalised world. But what is their effect on the European Union's agri-food sector? EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

- EurActive - UK

App economy jobs come under Commission scrutiny

The European Commission will change an EU law on employment contracts by the end of the year in a move to create standards for precarious jobs created by online apps like Uber and Deliveroo.

- EurActive - UK

EU sets out principles for a social dimension

The EU Commission set out its 'Pillar of Social Rights' Wednesday, setting out principles relating to labour markets and welfare systems and aiming at improving working and living conditions in Europe.

- EUbusiness.com - UK

European Commission Takes First Step In Infringement Proceeding Against Hungary Over Lex CEU

The European Commission has just announced that it is taking the first step toward launching an infringement proceeding against the Hungarian government over its modifications to the higher education law, better known as Lex CEU. According to the Commission, a letter is being sent to Hungarian authorities to notify them ...

- The Budapest Sun - HU

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

BRUSSELS - Leading European Union lawmakers called on Wednesday for a formal halt to Turkey's long-stalled EU membership talks, citing President Tayyip Erdogan's plans to assume much greater powers after a referendum this month backed a constitutional overhaul.

- Reuters - US

Hungary's Orban fights back after EU case over Soros university

BRUSSELS - The European Union opened a legal case against Hungary on Wednesday over a threat to close a Budapest university founded by the liberal U.S. financier George Soros, an accusation the country's leader rejected as unfounded.

- Reuters - US

An exiled leading Turkish journalist is calling on the EU to confront Erdogan's 'oppresive government'

© POOL/AFP/File Maurizio GambariniBrussels - The exiled former editor-in-chief of Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet urged EU leaders Wednesday to stand up for their principles and confront President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Can Dundar, who fled to Germany last year while appealing against a near six-year jail term for ...

- Business Insider - US

JPMorgan is looking to set up a big office in a surprising destination

ShutterstockWARSAW/LONDON - US bank JPMorgan Chase is zooming in on Warsaw as a destination for its new back office operations center which could eventually employ several thousand people supporting the bank's European and Asian business, sources said. As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, and banks and other ...

- Business Insider - US

EU Launches Legal Action Against Hungary Over Higher Education Law

The European Commission has launched legal action against Hungary over a law on higher education which could lead to the closure of the Budapest-based Central European University

- Radio Free Europe - US

Hungary's Orban defends education law in Brussels, calling EU outrage 'absurd'

Hungary's prime minister lashed out at George Soros, founder of the embattled Central European University. The PM's remarks came after the EU Commission sent a "letter of formal notice" to the Hungarian government.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

EU Commission unveils 'pillar' of social rights protection to fight populists

Protective "social pillars" for the EU's 508 million residents to deflate populist jibes have been unveiled by the EU's executive. Measures include work or training rights for young jobless and EU-wide paternity leave.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Britain faces having to pay EU until 2020

Britain will have to continue paying billions into the European Union budget after it leaves to secure a "transition" trade deal with Brussels, senior Whitehall sources say.Brexit will leave an 8 billion -a-year black hole...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Hungary PM Orban dismisses fears about Soros-founded school as EU takes action

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis says that the EU's executive arm has sent a 'letter of formal notice' to Orban's government

- The Globe and Mail - CA

UK leader meeting top EU officials for Brexit working dinner

Britain's prime minister is taking time out from her election campaign to meet the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator and head of the bloc's executive.

- FOX News - US

Brexit negotiator may be invited to address Oireachtas

The European Union's chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, could address a joint sitting of the Dáil and Seanad next month.

- RTE - IE

EU Commission launches probe into Hungary's university law

The European Commission on Wednesday launched an infringement procedure on Hungary's higher education law, which critics say targets Central European University founded by Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros. The EU executive said the law is "not compatible with the fundamental internal market freedoms", mainly with ...

- EU Observer - EU

Eurozone deficit hits post-crisis low

Eurozone deficit hits post-crisis low...

- MENAFN - JO

EU ambassadors support visa waivers for Ukraine

On April 26, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU member states supported the move to grant the Ukrainians a visa-free travel across the EU, the Council of the European Union told an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.

- UNIAN - UA

EU Launches Legal Action Against Hungary Over Education Law

The EU launched legal action against Hungary on Wednesday over a law that could shut a university founded by US billionaire George Soros, the European Commission said, AFP reported. "We have decided to take legal action on the higher education law by sending a letter of formal notice to the Hungarian government," EU vice ...

- Novinite - BG

Europe 2020 education indicators in 2016 - Ever greater share of persons aged 30 to 34 with tertiary educational attainment in the EU… - … and ever fewer early leavers from education and training

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 26 April 2017 The share of persons aged 30 to 34 in the European Union who have completed tertiary education continued to steadily increase, from 23.6% in 2002 when the series started to 39.1% in 2016.

- EU - EU

Remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis at the College Readout of 26 April

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 26 April 2017 Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, At today's College meeting we had several important issues. First, we adopted a major social package. I will elaborate on the reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe and the European Pillar...

- EU - EU

Opening remarks of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans in the European Parliament debate on Hungary

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 26 April 2017 Recent developments in Hungary have got many people worried in the EU but also in the outside world. We share those worries and concerns. Questions have been asked about the compatibility of certain actions of the Hungarian authorities...

- EU - EU

Speaking points by Commissioner Thyssen on the European Pillar of Social Rights and accompanying initiatives

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 26 April 2017 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very glad to present to you today the European Pillar of Social Rights. This is a crucial moment for this Commission, and, more importantly, this is a crucial moment for Europe.

- EU - EU

Daily News 26 / 04 / 2017

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 26 / 04 / 2017 Brussels, 26 April 2017 Commission presents European Pillar of Social Rights and launches reflection on the social dimension of Europe by 2025 Today, the European Commission presents the European Pillar of Social Rights.

- EU - EU

The European Pillar of Social Rights - Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 26 April 2017 Where does the initiative on a European Pillar of Social Rights come from? Building a fairer Europe and strengthening its social dimension is a key priority for this Commission, as indicated in the Political Guidelines of July 2014.

- EU - EU

Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights - Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 26 April 2017 Which initiatives accompanying the European Pillar of Social Rights is the Commission proposing today? A number of principles and rights included in the Pillar will require further legislative or non-legislative initiatives to become effective.

- EU - EU

Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights – Commission adopts first concrete initiatives

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 April 2017 Making the European Pillar of Social Rights a reality for citizens is a joint responsibility. © European Union 2017 Director: Diana Cioponea While most of the tools to deliver on the Pillar are in the hands of Member States, as well...

- EU - EU

UK leader meeting top EU officials for Brexit working dinner

LONDON " Britain's prime minister is taking time out from her election campaign to meet the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator and head of the bloc's executive.Theresa May is due to hold a working dinner Wednesday at...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

May hosts EU leaders as Brexit positions harden

LONDON, April 26 — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday holds her first talks with key EU Brexit negotiators, as the bloc hardens its position ahead of a summit to lay down its red lines'. May hosts European Commission...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Deutsche Bank weighs moving thousands of jobs from London after Brexit

FRANKFURT, April 26 — Deutsche Bank is considering whether it needs to move thousands of staff from London to Frankfurt following Britain's decision to leave the European Union, one of its top executives said. After Britain triggered Article...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Europe begins process of lifting Le Pen's immunity over misuse of funds

BRUSSELS, April 26 — European Union lawmakers began today a process to lift French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's immunity over alleged misuse of EU funds, although they will not summon her before next week's run-off vote. French...

- The Malay Mail - MY

EU to assist Baluchistan govt in providing basic educational facilities to schools

  QUETTA: The European Union in collaboration with UNICEF will provide basic educational facilities, teacher training programs, better sanitation and other facilities to 1,000 government-run primary schools in Balochistan under the Balochistan Education Support Program . BESP launched in Quetta on Wednesday will be ...

- Geo.tv - PK

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