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  1. UK previews offer on EU nationals' rights
    EU nationals in the UK could get almost the same rights as British people after Brexit, but an EU deal might not happen, the British government has said.
  2. [Ticker] Merkel on collision course with US at G20 summit
    Germany signalled that climate change, free trade and migration management are key themes when it hosts next week's G20 summit in Hamburg. The agenda will likely pit German chancellor Angela Merkel against US president Donald Trump, who rejected the Paris climate agreement. It will also be the first time Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin meet as world leaders. The G20 countries make up around two-thirds of the world’s population.
  3. [Ticker] Schulz outlines German election strategy, hits out at Merkel
    German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz hit out at chancellor Angela Merkel, accusing her of “arrogance” and for “systematically refusing debate on the future of the country” at a special party election congress Sunday. Schulz also pledged to secure gay marriage rights in any new coalition government. Polls put Merkel 15 per percent ahead for the elections on 24 September, which could secure her a fourth term as German chancellor.
  4. EU approves rescue of Italian banks
    The European Commission gave the green light to a €17-billion plan by the Italian government to save Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca.
  5. [Opinion] Cohesion policy for a stronger Europe
    City partnerships and other new initiatives are good examples of how EU cohesion policy funds benefit European citizens.
  6. [Ticker] Berlusconi's party sees comeback in Italian local votes
    Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party and the Northern League did well in mayoral elections in 110 municipalities on Sunday, according to exit polls, whereas the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement performed very badly. The vote is an important test ahead of national elections due to take place in the next nine months. "We have clearly lost these elections," said lower house leader Ettore Rosato from Italy's ruling PD party.
  7. [Ticker] Low turnout in Albanian election set to mandate EU future
    Only 44.90 percent voted in Albania's elections on Sunday, according to exit polls, marking the lowest voter turnout this century. Religious festivities at the end of Ramadan and hot temperatures reaching 39 degrees are among the reasons thought to have discouraged voters. The Socialist Party gained the most votes, exit polls said, based on election pledges to push judicial reforms vital for membership of the EU.
  8. [Interview] Cheap meat is a bigger problem for climate and health
    A leading scholar of sustainability issues has called on the EU to introduce protectionist food policies that impose tough health and environmental standards in order to stop the imports of cheap and poor quality meat.
  9. Ministers to reject minimum parking spaces for electric cars
    The EU commission wants to increase the number of charging stations, to convince consumers to switch to electric cars.
  10. Macron’s investment screening idea watered down by leaders
    EU leaders have put the brakes on a proposal by French president Macron to hand the EU more powers to screen Chinese and other foreign investments into strategic sectors in Europe.
  11. Leaders unimpressed by May’s offer to EU citizens
    Leaders await further details about British prime minister Theresa May's offer for EU citizens' rights, as they express concern over possible "pitfalls".
  12. New Irish PM praises unscripted nature of EU summits
    Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar had his first EU summit this week, and said it was much more informal and dynamic than expected.
  13. [Ticker] Merkel and Macron hold symbolic joint press conference
    German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron held a joint press conference at the end of the two-day EU summit on Friday, emphasising the restart of Franco-German leadership in EU integration. "When France and Germany speak with one voice, Europe can move forward. Sometimes it is not enough, but it is a necessary condition. [...] It is more than a symbol, it is a work ethic," Macron said.
  14. [Ticker] Juncker has 'no' clear idea of kind of Brexit UK wants
    European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker was asked by press on Friday whether he was getting a clear idea of the kind of Brexit the UK government wants. His answer was very short: "No." He told another journalist that May's offer on citizens' rights, presented on Thursday, was "a first step, but this step is not sufficient".
  15. [Ticker] Belgian PM calls May's proposal on EU citizens 'vague'
    British PM Theresa May's presentation on how EU citizens' rights will be protected post-Brexit was "very vague", according to Belgian PM Charles Michel. He spoke to journalists on Friday, the second day of the summit in Brussels. "We don't want to be sold a pig in a poke. The rights of EU citizens should be safeguarded in a sustainable manner," Michel added. The UK will reveal more next week.
  16. EU extends sanctions on Russia
    German chancellor Angela Merkel said that Russia hadn't done enough to implement the so-called Minsk peace process, a condition for lifting the sanctions.
  17. [Ticker] UK lacks support of EU countries in UN vote
    The United Nations' General Assembly on Thursday referred Mauritius' claim that Britain illegally maintains sovereignty of the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean to the International Court of Justice. Cyprus voted in favour of the referral and 22 EU nations, including Germany, France and Italy, abstained. Only Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Lithuania supported Britain. The loss for the UK comes as the country begins negotiations to leave the EU.
  18. [Ticker] Spain to command anti-smuggler Mediterranean force
    As of September, Spain will be in command of the EU's Operation Sophia, which fights human smuggling in the Mediterranean, diplomatic and military sources have confirmed, according to Spanish daily El Pais. Italy, in charge of the operation since its launch in 2015, had asked all 25 participating countries to contribute a command ship. Spain was the only country that responded to the request.
  19. [Ticker] Estonia confirms opposition to Nord Stream 2 pipeline
    Estonia remains opposed to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany, economic affairs and infrastructure minister Kadri Simson told press after a government meeting on Thursday. As of 1 July, Estonia will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. The country wants the European Commission to get the mandate to negotiate the gas project.
  20. [Focus] UK's universities set 'Brexit wish list'
    British academics want to guarantee residency and work rights for their EU staff, as well as "enhanced mobility opportunities" for UK and EU students, mostly by keeping British participation in EU funding programs.