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EU countries split over copyright overhaul

Bruxelles, Belgium | AFP | Divisions between EU countries could delay or derail plans to overhaul copyright law, an ambition that has set up a battle pitting media firms against internet giants like Facebook and Google. The European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission had planned to meet …

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Brexit: the Irish backstop issue explained

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Keeping the Irish border free-flowing has proved to be the toughest issue to resolve in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Brexit deal between London and Brussels — overwhelmingly rejected last week by British MPs — contains a so-called backstop provision ensuring …

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What next for Brexit? Four main scenarios

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May presents her new approach to Brexit on Monday, following MPs’ crushing rejection of the divorce deal agreed with the EU. Lawmakers have their chance to submit amendments, which could indicate whether opinion in parliament is shifting towards alternative routes. Here …

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France nears implementation of digital tax

Paris, France | AFP |  France will push ahead with its own tax on large internet and technology companies by introducing a bill that would be retroactive to January 1, its finance minister said Sunday. The move comes as the European Union tries to finalise an EU-wide levy. “We are …

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May calls EU leaders on ‘next steps’ for Brexit

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk by telephone on Friday to discuss where to go next on Brexit. May had previously been in touch with Brussels only by text message since Tuesday, when the British parliament rejected the divorce deal she signed …

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UK PM May seeks Brexit fix in talks with rivals

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to put together a new Brexit strategy on Thursday after MPs rejected her EU divorce plan and demanded that she rule out a potentially disastrous “no-deal” exit. May held individual talks with MPs from rival parties after narrowly surviving a confidence vote triggered …

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UK PM May reaches out to rivals after winning confidence vote

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May reached out to her opponents on Wednesday after narrowly surviving a confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat in parliament of her Brexit deal. After a tumultuous 24 hours which she admitted voters might find “unsettling”, she conceded the …

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How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | The EU and European governments have warned that the British parliament’s rejection of a Brexit deal heightens the risk of a disorderly withdrawal from the bloc. Following are some of the key reactions to Tuesday night’s huge defeat for British Prime Minister Theresa May. – European …

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