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Chinese academic suspected of espionage banned from Belgium

Belgium said on Wednesday it denied a residence permit to the director of the Confucius Institute in Brussels, Xinning Song, who told Reuters he had been banned from entering the country because he was..
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Brussels court postpones extradition hearing on ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

Catalonia's pro-independence former leader Carles Puigdemont said on Tuesday that a Brussels court had postponed to Dec. 16 a hearing on an arrest warrant from Spain for his extradition.
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EU27 needs UK reply on three-month Brexit delay, then 24 hours for consensus

EU member states will wait for Britain's reply to its offer of a 3-month delay to Brexit before launching a "written procedure" whereby governments will have 24 hours to accept or reject the agreement..
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EU to decide on Brexit delay on Friday - or not, officials say

European Union envoys to Brussels will discuss on Friday the length of another delay to Brexit, with an official from the bloc saying the choice was between 3 months and a "two-tier" lag but warning..
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Pentagon chief to focus on Turkey, Syria at NATO, but short on options

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is expected to focus on Turkey's offensive into Syria and the fight against Islamic State when he meets NATO partners in Brussels this week, but he has limited options..
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Britain will have to send a commissioner to Brussels: incoming Commission head

Britain will have to propose a candidate for a commissioner in the next European Commission if it still is a member of the European Union after October 31, incoming Commission head Ursula von der Leyen..
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Ireland to await developments from UK and EU on possible Brexit delay

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday he would await further developments from London and Brussels about a possible extension to Brexit after his British counterpart lost a crucial vote in..
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Brexit in chaos as parliament refuses fast decision on Johnson's deal

Britain's departure from the European Union was thrown into chaos on Tuesday after parliament rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's swift timetable to ratify his exit deal, prompting him to halt the..
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UK PM Johnson's spokesman refuses to answer any questions on next Brexit steps

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to answer any questions on Saturday about the government's next steps on Brexit, including when or if Johnson would write to Brussels..
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EU leaders: united over Brexit, divided over much else

Summits are usually a chance for European Union leaders to discuss problems and try to strengthen their union. But after two days of talks in Brussels, the only issue they could agree on is the very..
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Brussels court to hear Puigdemont arrest warrant case on October 29

A Brussels court, which will rule on whether to accept an arrest warrant issued by Spain for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, will convene on October 29, the Brussels prosecutor said.
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UK heading for 'fairly hard' Brexit if Johnson deal passes

Britain will be on course for more distant economic ties with the European Union, making the country poorer, if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wins parliamentary backing for the Brexit deal he clinched..
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UK Brexit deal points to more distant trade ties with EU

Britain will be on course for more distant economic ties with the European Union, making the country poorer, if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wins parliamentary backing for the Brexit deal he clinched..
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Johnson told EU leaders he was relatively positive about Brexit deal passing UK parliament: official

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his fellow European Union leaders that he was relatively positive about their new Brexit deal passing the House of Commons, an EU official said after the British..
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UK Labour leader Corbyn says 'unhappy' with Brexit deal

Britain's main opposition party is "unhappy" with the new Brexit deal, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in Brussels.
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Brexit deal clinched in Brussels, Johnson still needs backing at home

Britain clinched a Brexit deal with the European Union on Thursday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, just a few hours before the start of a summit of the bloc's leaders in..
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Brexit scramble looms over fraught EU summit, Merkel says deal possible

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a deal on Britain's exit from the EU was still possible as EU leaders headed to Brussels on Thursday for a two-day summit dominated by last-gasp negotiations.
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VAT remains an outstanding issue in UK-EU talks: UK source

Talks between Britain and the European Union were continuing in Brussels on Thursday, with the issue of what VAT sales tax will be applied to Northern Ireland after Brexit yet to be resolved, a British..
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Pompeo will travel to Jerusalem, Brussels after stop in Turkey

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Jerusalem and Brussels after his visit to Turkey on Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence, the State Department said on Wednesday.
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Last-gasp Brexit deal set to dominate fraught EU summit

European Union leaders' two-day summit in Brussels starting on Thursday will be dominated by last-gasp efforts to seal a deal on Britain's exit from the bloc despite a raft of other pressing issues,..
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UK PM to go to Brussels early Thursday for 'useful' Brexit meetings: Sky News reporter

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will go to Brussels early Thursday in a move to have some useful meetings for a Brexit deal, Beth Rigby, Sky News political editor, said in a tweet on Wednesday.
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France's Macron says Brexit deal can be found in coming hours

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday a Brexit deal could be found between Britain and the European Union in the coming hours and endorsed by EU leaders at a summit in Brussels on Friday.
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EU Brexit briefing delayed again to 1700 GMT: diplomats

A debriefing for EU states on the latest on Brexit has been delayed for a second time on Wednesday to 1700 GMT, three diplomats with the bloc said, as last-ditch talks between Brussels and London on..
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EU-British Brexit talks to resume in Brussels: UK spokesman

Talks between British and EU negotiators on Brexit will resume in Brussels after a lunch break, a UK spokesman said as last-ditch efforts dragged on to seal a divorce deal this week before Britain is..
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At best, EU summit can grant tentative approval of any Brexit deal

Any approval by European Union leaders at their Thursday-Friday summit in Brussels of a last-minute Brexit deal could only be conditional on the British House of Commons approving it later, three..
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Not guaranteed ERG Conservatives and DUP would vote same way on Brexit deal: lawmaker

It is not guaranteed that pro-Brexit ERG Conservatives and lawmakers from Northern Ireland's DUP would vote the same way on any Brexit deal, a senior eurosceptic lawmaker said on Wednesday as talks..
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Spain seeks arrest of Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont in Belgium

Belgium has received a third arrest warrant request from Spain's Supreme Court for Catalonia's former pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said on..
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Spain sends Belgium arrest warrant request for Catalan leader Puigdemont

Belgium has received a third European arrest warrant request from Spain's Supreme Court for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said on Wednesday.
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Brexit talks to resume after 'constructive' negotiations into the night

Brexit talks will resume in Brussels on Wednesday morning after "constructive" negotiations that went into the night on Tuesday, a British spokesman said.
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Factbox: Brexit to budgets - the key themes at this week's EU summit

EU national leaders will meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss some of the biggest issues facing the bloc, including the prospect of a member state leaving for the first time and two..
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Brexit talks continue, still work to do: UK PM Johnson's spokesman

Talks aimed at reaching a Brexit deal with Brussels are continuing but there is still work to do, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Tuesday.
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Too soon to say if Britain's parliament will sit on Saturday: parliament leader

It is too soon to say whether Britain's parliament will need to sit on Saturday, Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the lower house of parliament, said on Tuesday, in a reference to ongoing talks in Brussels..
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France holds firm against EU talks with Balkan hopefuls

France stuck to its hard line against European Union membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, setting up a showdown between French President Emmanuel Macron and fellow EU leaders..
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Ireland says Brexit legal text needed today to be ready for EU summit

Britain must put its proposals for a Brexit deal with the European Union in the form of a legal text on Tuesday if EU leaders are to approve an agreement at their summit in Brussels on Oct 17-18, Irish..
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Enough support from UK lawmakers to pass Brexit deal: parliament leader

There is enough support among British lawmakers to pass a Brexit deal, the leader of the lower house of parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Tuesday as talks continue in Brussels to thrash out a divorce..
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Poland's ruling nationalists win majority in parliament

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party won a majority in Sunday's parliamentary election, securing a second four-year term to continue reforms that have put it on a collision course with Brussels.
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EU, British negotiators hold 'constructive' meeting on Brexit deal as departure date nears

The British and European Union chief Brexit negotiators held a "constructive" meeting in Brussels on Friday, both sides said, as efforts to secure a deal by Britain's scheduled departure date of Oct...
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UK says Brexit meeting in Brussels was 'constructive'

The British and European Union chief Brexit negotiators had "constructive" talks in Brussels on Friday, Britain said, as both sides seek to reach a deal before the Oct. 31 deadline.
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Irish finance minister hopeful of Brexit progress in Brussels

Ireland’s finance minister said he was hopeful talks between the chief Brexit negotiators of the European Union and Britain would yield a positive outcome on Friday.
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EU has no breakthrough Brexit offer, sources say after Times report

European Union officials denied on Wednesday that Brussels was preparing a major concession to Britain to secure a Brexit deal.
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Irish foreign minister to meet Barnier for Brexit update

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney will meet the European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier later on Tuesday for an update on the ongoing negotiations in Brussels and believes a deal is still..
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Britain says Brexit talks at critical point, movement needed from EU

Britain has "moved a long way" in negotiations on a deal for its departure from the European Union, with talks now at a critical point and for the other 27 member states of the bloc to give ground, a..
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Explainer: Why the UK's Brexit proposal falls short for the EU

Britain's latest proposal for an agreement on the terms of its divorce from the European Union has been widely rebuffed in Brussels because it does not meet the objectives of the so-called Irish border..
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Proposals offer chance for Brexit deal, says UK PM Johnson's spokeswoman

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson views the Brexit proposals he sent to the European Union as offering a "broad landing zone" from which a Brexit deal could emerge, his spokeswoman said on Friday,..
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UK's Brexit proposal rebuffed in Brussels as 'no basis' for a deal

Britain's proposals for a Brexit deal were widely rebuffed in Brussels on Thursday, with a European Parliament group saying it was not "a basis for agreement" and a senior EU official saying it took..
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UK Parliament would back Johnson's Brexit plan: Gove

A new Brexit plan from Prime Minister Boris Johnson would likely win enough support to be approved by Britain's Parliament, senior minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday, adding that Brussels should..
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EU's Verhofstadt says initial reaction to UK proposals 'not positive'

European lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt said his initial reaction to Brexit proposals set out by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were not positive, and thought they were possibly designed to shift blame..
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UK PM Johnson pitches 'final' Brexit offer to EU but warns of no deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday made a final Brexit offer to the European Union but said that if Brussels did not engage then Britain would leave on Oct. 31 without a deal.
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