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MEP demands Welsh vote on UK Commissioner

While the bargaining goes on over who will become the new unelected President of the European Council, European governments are also putting forward their nominees for members of the new 27 strong European Commission. Before being approved by the European Parliament, each one who has been proposed h...
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Bluefin tuna

After nine days of backroom negotiations, the EU put forward a fishing quota proposal for bluefin tuna that is set to continue its slide towards extinction. Greens/EFA Vice-President Raül Romeva commented from the meeting in Recife.
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Kosovo

Kosovo's first local elections as an independent state were a democratic success.
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EU-US bank data agreement

The Swedish Presidency of the EU has been negotiating an EU-US agreement on sharing 'SWIFT' bank transfer information, due to be concluded on 30 November, the day before the Lisbon Treaty is expected to be ratified. German Green MEP Jan-Philipp Albrecht, a member of the European Parliament's civil...
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EU-Russia

The European Union must not stand back and allow its cooperation with Russia to be based on pure pragmatism. Instead, the EU must firmly insist that the independence of the Russian judiciary is respected and call for the strengthening of democracy, freedom of speech and human rights.
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Western Balkans

The European Parliament has shown its support for visa-free travel for citizens of Western Balkans countries. However, while Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia are set for an early Christmas present, Bosnia-Herzegovina will be left behind despite meeting the same criteria. Kosovo and Albania are trailing further.
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EU must stop allowing exploitation of Western Sahara

The European Union must stop allowing the exploitation of Western Sahara's natural resources.That was the conclusion of a hearing held at the European Parliament in Brussels this week and hosted by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans. Fishing in Western Sahara's waters without the consent of the Saharaw...
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Zdanoka welcomes EU Commissioner's intervention

Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka has welcomed an indication from EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia that he will remind the Latvian government of its responsibilities to its citizens as it deals with the economic crisis.The Commissioner was responding to an oral question tabled...
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Air travel security

Security checks for liquids are costly and inconvenient for airport authorities and passengers alike, and their effectiveness is unproven. With an end to these measures due next year, the EU Commission is however proposing we continue the restrictions and use new, expensive machines to enforce them.
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MEP Joins the 65,000 Cyber Marchers

Make Animal Testing History  More than sixty five thousand people have joined a 'cyber march' calling for an EU ban on unnecessary experiments on animals.  Organisers of the protest met Plaid MEP Jill Evans in Brussels to discuss a new and stronger European law. More than tw...