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If there’s one thing the Brexit debate has so far lacked – and the internet certainly doesn’t – it’s kittens.

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Following a raid at the Vienna house of Ukrainian oligarch Dmitro Firtash on Thursday (21 April), the future of the Ukrainian edition of Euronews appears uncertain. Firtash bought the Ukrainian service last year. Firtash was arrested in March 2014 in Austria on US charges. He was then released after being ordered to pay €125m bail,… » read more

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EurActiv’s Founder Christophe Leclercq has written a short story about unintended consequences in European politics. Set nearly two years from now, after a close ‘no’ to remaining in the EU. And several other events… All fictional. Well, not quite… 10 Downing Street. The year is 2018. Friday, March 16, at 5 pm GMT. It is… » read more

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The European Commission has too many Human Resources specialists, communication advisors and event organisers. At the same time, the refugee crisis and the stubborn economic slowdown show that the Commission needs more muscle to deal with these pressing issues. In order to gain an extra pair of hands in times of (post)-austerity, on 4 April,… » read more

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International Women’s Day has a bit of a translation problem. In men-dominated France, it has long been denied any plural. People call it “Journée de LA femme”, referring to the abstract idea of womanhood, whatever that is. “Women are concrete and real, but the woman is vague” as Najat Vallaud Belkacem, the education minister puts… » read more

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