MEPs urge Russia to be ‘part of the solution’ in Ukraine crisis

A pro-Russia separatist in Ukraine

MEPs have called for an end to “fighting and bloodshed” and for immediate arms restrictions as the conflict in Ukraine shows little sign of de-escalation.

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Downing of flight MH17 marks ‘point of no return’, warns Ukraine foreign minister

Workers clearing debris from the MH17 plane wreckage

The foreign affairs council and parliament’s foreign affairs committee have both met to discuss next steps following the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in which 298 people, most of which were European, died.

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EU energy efficiency proposal ‘devoid of true ambition’

Günther Oettinger speaking at a commission press conference

The European commission has proposed a non-binding 30 per cent energy savings target which “aims to strike the right balance between benefits and costs”.

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MEP tells Europe to ‘wake up’ following Ukraine air crash tragedy

Debris from the Malaysian Airline plane crash in Ukraine

MEPs have expressed their “deepest sympathy” and called for a response to the MH17 plane crash in which 298 people died in Ukraine.

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MEPs strongly defend maternity rights

Picture of a pregnant woman

MEPs have criticised the European commission’s decision to withdraw the maternity leave directive having failed to reach a compromise with the council.

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MEPs call on EU governments to step up efforts on youth unemployment

Young people protesting about unemployment

MEPs have criticised the efforts of EU member states for their failure to respond effectively to the ongoing problem of youth unemployment across the bloc.

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MEPs wary of commission’s approach to TTIP negotiations

The European commission’s TTIP proposals could lead Europe “down a regulatory race to the bottom” and there is “a growing sense of unease and concern” surrounding the negotiations, say MEPs.

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