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Macron to slash France's MPs by a third as part of political shake-up


President Emmanuel Macron on Monday promised a "profound transformation" of French politics, proposing to slash by a third the number of MPs, and telling lawmakers he would call a referendum if they do not agree.

Brexit: British officials drop 'cake and eat it' approach to negotiation


British officials have quietly abandoned hope of securing the government’s promised “cake and eat it” Brexit deal, increasingly accepting the inevitability of a painful trade-off between market access and political control when the UK leaves the EU.

Finland rape case: Cuban volleyball players' jail terms cut


A Finnish court has cut the jail terms of four members of Cuba's national volleyball team found guilty of rape, and released a fifth.

France's Macron sees slowdown in approval rating: poll


A poll released Thursday showed that the popularity of President Emmanuel Macron, France's youngest head of state, suffered a slowdown a month after he occupied the Elysee Palace.

EU to reform key information-system management body for interoperability


The European Commission proposed Thursday to strengthen the mandate of the EU Agency for the operational management of large scale IT systems (eu-LISA), enabling the key management body to develop and roll-out technical solutions to make the EU information systems interoperable.

Greece on track to exit bailout in 2018: ESM chief


Greece is on track to exit the current third bailout in mid-2018 and focus should now shift to growth, European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Managing Director Klaus Regling said on Wednesday.

Cyprus showdown talks seek fix for decades-old crisis


Rival Cypriot leaders meet on Wednesday to resume efforts to solve one of the world's longest-running political crises in what the island's UN envoy billed as the "best chance" for peace.

Queen to receive £6m pay increase from public funds


The Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income from public funds, after the Crown Estate's profits rose by £24m.

'Powerful' cyberattack on Ukraine goes global


A "powerful" cyberattack that started in Ukraine has spread across the world, hitting banks, government IT systems and energy firms.

Sturgeon put Scottish independence referendum on hold until after Brexit


Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday the government will not seek legislation for a second independence referendum immediately until the terms of Britain's EU exit are clear.