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Netanyahu formally named next Israeli PM

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EU green lights trade talks with Washington to defuse tension

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UK takes legal steps needed for European Parliament elections

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Parliament approves rules to reduce risks to EU banks and protect taxpayers

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MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

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German big business dives into politics with pro-EU message

German big business dives into politics with pro-EU message German big business dives into politics with pro-EU message
It's not often German big business openly dabbles in politics, but many companies are urging their employees to reject eurosceptics and right-wing...
Read More...

Netanyahu formally named next Israeli PM

Netanyahu formally named next Israeli PM Netanyahu formally named next Israeli PM
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday formally handed Benjamin Netanyahu his letter of appointment to start building a coalition government...
Read More...

European voters urged to mobilise behind child climate activists

European voters urged to mobilise behind child climate activists European voters urged to mobilise behind child climate activists
Sweden's teenage activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday urged Europeans to vote in next month's elections on behalf of young people like her who...
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EU green lights trade talks with Washington to defuse tension

EU green lights trade talks with Washington to defuse tension EU green lights trade talks with Washington to defuse tension
European Union countries on Monday overruled France and gave the green light for Brussels to open trade talks with Washington as soon as possible...
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UK takes legal steps needed for European Parliament elections

UK takes legal steps needed for European Parliament elections UK takes legal steps needed for European Parliament elections
The British government said on Monday it had taken the necessary steps required by law to participate in European Parliament elections in May,...
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Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles
Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from...
Read More...

Parliament approves rules to reduce risks to EU banks and protect taxpayers

Parliament approves rules to reduce risks to EU banks and protect taxpayers Parliament approves rules to reduce risks to EU banks and protect taxpayers
Parliament adopted a significant step towards reducing risks in the banking system and establishing the Banking Union, on Tuesday.The rules...
Read More...

MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy
MEPs approved minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, such as Uber or Deliveroo, in a vote on Tuesday. The...
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Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called Monday for unity among Europe's far-right parties ahead of European parliamentary elections.

Italy's hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini gathered a handful of European far-right parties in Milan on Monday in a bid to forge an unlikely alliance of nationalists ahead of next month's European parliament elections."We're broadening the community, the family. We're working for a new European dream," Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister, told journalists.Salvini heads the anti-immigrant League party and was flanked by Joerg Meuthen of Alternative for Germany (AfD), Olli Kotro from the Finns Party and Anders Vistisen of the Danish People's Party.Despite their shared dislike for immigration, multiculturalism, the left and the EU, Europe's populists remain divided on many other key issues."Today for many citizens and peoples, the European Union represents a nightmare," Salvini told the meeting in a luxury Milanese hotel held under the slogan -- "Towards a common sense Europe... Peoples rise up.""We're making work, family, security, environmental protection, the future of youth, central again (with) alternative movements to those that have governed for decades," Salvini said.The new bloc hopes to be the largest in the 751-member European Parliament after the May 23-26 elections, Salvini said.>> Will Europe’s nationalists welcome Bannon’s attempt to unite the right?Notably absent from Monday's meeting were Marine Le Pen of France's National Rally (NR), Poland's governing PiS (Law and Justice party) and Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party.Orban has voiced admiration for Salvini but his party currently belongs to the European parliament's centre-right European People's party (EPP) group -- although it has been suspended after it ran a campaign accusing European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker of plotting to flood Europe with migrants.'Identity and tradition' Most of Europe's right-wing nationalists are currently divided into three blocs and a tangled web of alliances in the European Parliament, which they would like to overhaul if not destroy.They are the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group -- which includes Salvini's League and NR as well as Austria's Freedom Party and the Netherlands' Party for Freedom.Then comes the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group and the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD).The dream of Salvini -- and of Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump's former strategist -- has been to unite these disparate forces and form an "international of nationalists".Salvini admitted that the various nationalist movements "have differences" but "they meet on questions of identity and tradition."The group hopes to expand before the May elections to become "a force of government and change in Europe"."Those who are undermining the European dream (are) the bureaucrats, the do-gooders, the bankers, who have governed Europe for too long. We want to bring the people back to governing Europe," he said.A rally of European populists is planned for May 18 in Milan, which Le Pen should attend, he added.Salvini met Le Pen for talks in Paris on Friday, amid questions about who would lead the new populist bloc.Among the key policy differences between Europe's populist parties, the AfD and their Scandinavian allies tend to believe in the market economy, while the French NR favours a more protectionist approach.While Italy's League, Poland's PiS and Hungary's Fidesz highlight Europe's Christian cultural roots, the NR has shied away from taking a similar stance in a country where the majority is in favour of secularism.Salvini and Le Pen have both praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, a view not shared by PiS in Poland or the Finns Party.Denmark's Vistisen said on Monday that "this project is about defending nation states' rights to find their own path.""If you let our opponents divide us, you will see more Brussels (EU), less security, and the multiculturalism and the identity of Europe's policies taking over the national identities of the 27 European countries," Vistisen said.Monday's meeting came as the coalition government of Salvini's League and the Five Star Movement of fellow deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio which won elections a year ago appears increasingly jittery.The League has doubled its popular standing from 17 percent to over 30 percent since last year's parliamentary elections, but its ascendency has started to falter along with the Italian economy.The anti-establishment M5S, which is ideologically opposed to many League policies, has meanwhile fallen behind in the polls after winning 32 percent of votes last March.Di Maio on Friday said he was worried by the League's "alliance with Holocaust-denying forces", a charge Salvini and AfD's Meuthen were on Monday again forced to reject.(AFP)

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