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Trump, Democrats keep their distance as GOP moderates face crucial impeachment votes

White House advisers warned Trump that outreach would not help his cause, while Democrats say there is no serious effort to privately lobby the key Republicans.
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Trump, Democrats keep their distance as GOP moderates face crucial impeachment votes

White House advisers warned Trump that outreach would not help his cause, while Democrats say there is no serious effort to privately lobby the key Republicans.

Impeachment trial live updates: House managers focus on alleged abuse of power as they begin second day of opening arguments against Trump

The Senate reconvened Thursday afternoon for the historic trial — only the third against a sitting president.
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Impeachment trial live updates: House managers focus on alleged abuse of power as they begin second day of opening arguments against Trump

The Senate reconvened Thursday afternoon for the historic trial — only the third against a sitting president.

Sanders tells supporters to cool it — but they don’t always listen

Bernie Sanders has apologized for one backer’s comments and urged supporters to pipe down. But not all of his raucous followers are heeding the call.
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Sanders tells supporters to cool it — but they don’t always listen

Bernie Sanders has apologized for one backer’s comments and urged supporters to pipe down. But not all of his raucous followers are heeding the call.

At a Glance - Roma and Sinti Holocaust - 23-01-2020

On 27 January 1945, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. Held on this date since 2002, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion to commemorate the Jewish, Roma and Sinti victims of Nazi terror. Th
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At a Glance - Roma and Sinti Holocaust - 23-01-2020

On 27 January 1945, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. Held on this date since 2002, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion to commemorate the Jewish, Roma and Sinti victims of Nazi terror. The Roma and Sinti Holocaust is still largely unknown to the public. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

At a Glance - Jewish communities in the European Union - 23-01-2020

The Jewish population in the EU has been diminishing in recent decades, and has witnessed an increase in acts of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish violence in recent years. In defence of its values, including respect for minorities, the EU undertakes and funds ac
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At a Glance - Jewish communities in the European Union - 23-01-2020

The Jewish population in the EU has been diminishing in recent decades, and has witnessed an increase in acts of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish violence in recent years. In defence of its values, including respect for minorities, the EU undertakes and funds actions to counter anti-Semitism. This is a further updated version of an 'at a glance' note published in January 2019. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

The Cybersecurity 202: Bezos hack reveals dangerous escalation in use of commercial hacking tools, experts warn

Saudi Arabia hacked the world’s richest man with tools likely bought off the shelf.
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The Cybersecurity 202: Bezos hack reveals dangerous escalation in use of commercial hacking tools, experts warn

Saudi Arabia hacked the world’s richest man with tools likely bought off the shelf.

Impeachment trial live updates: House managers to focus on alleged abuse of power as they begin second day of opening arguments against Trump

The Senate is scheduled to reconvene Thursday afternoon for the historic trial — only the third against a sitting U.S. president — focused on President Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine.
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Impeachment trial live updates: House managers to focus on alleged abuse of power as they begin second day of opening arguments against Trump

The Senate is scheduled to reconvene Thursday afternoon for the historic trial — only the third against a sitting U.S. president — focused on President Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine.

Democrats scale back language as Trump and GOP press ahead with attacks on Senate impeachment trial

The Republican barrage was led by Trump himself, who called the top House managers “sleazebags” while denouncing his impeachment as a “hoax” and “disgrace” to his presidency.
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Democrats scale back language as Trump and GOP press ahead with attacks on Senate impeachment trial

The Republican barrage was led by Trump himself, who called the top House managers “sleazebags” while denouncing his impeachment as a “hoax” and “disgrace” to his presidency.

In-Depth Analysis - How flexible is the EU budget? Flexibility instruments and mechanisms in the multiannual financial framework (MFF) - 23-01-2020

The 1988 introduction of multiannual financial frameworks (MFF) in the European Union (EU) budgetary system has improved financial predictability and facilitated the development of multiannual spending programmes, but has had to be balanced by measures that p
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In-Depth Analysis - How flexible is the EU budget? Flexibility instruments and mechanisms in the multiannual financial framework (MFF) - 23-01-2020

The 1988 introduction of multiannual financial frameworks (MFF) in the European Union (EU) budgetary system has improved financial predictability and facilitated the development of multiannual spending programmes, but has had to be balanced by measures that provided some flexibility and ability to react to unexpected situations. Over the years, these flexibility instruments and mechanisms have developed and proved to be useful. Occasions to use them were frequent, as the crises and challenges faced by the EU required actions that could not be financed under the tight expenditure ceilings of the agreed MFFs. Experience of implementation of the 2014-2020 MFF demonstrated that, with neither relevant flexibility mechanisms nor the possibility to revise the MFF in the mid-term, achieving policy goals and reacting adequately to unexpected events and crises, especially in the area of migration and security, would be impossible. The flexibility of the EU budgets has already featured as an important issue in the negotiations of the 2021 2027 MFF. The views of the main actors – the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council – on enhancing and designing such flexibility instruments diverge. It has yet to be seen if the issue, following the pattern of the 2014-2020 MFF negotiations, will play a key role in reaching an agreement. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - The European Union and Holocaust remembrance - 23-01-2020

The term Holocaust refers to the mass murder of 6 million European Jews, Roma and other persecuted groups, whom the Nazi regime and its collaborators sought to annihilate. The expropriation, state-sponsored discrimination and persecution of the Jews by the Na
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Briefing - The European Union and Holocaust remembrance - 23-01-2020

The term Holocaust refers to the mass murder of 6 million European Jews, Roma and other persecuted groups, whom the Nazi regime and its collaborators sought to annihilate. The expropriation, state-sponsored discrimination and persecution of the Jews by the Nazi regime began in 1933, followed by pogroms and their mass incarceration in concentration camps. Ultimately, this policy was extended to all Nazi-controlled European territories and countries during World War II, culminating in mass summary executions ('Holocaust by Bullets') and extermination in death camps. The perpetrators were prosecuted at the Nuremberg trials in 1945-1946; however, the tribunal preferred to indict them on charges of crimes against humanity rather than genocide. It was not until 2005, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz that a United Nations resolution designated 27 January the day for international commemoration of the Holocaust, to be known as 'International Holocaust Remembrance Day'. In the European Union, numerous programmes seek to preserve the memory of these tragic events in the history of the continent. Since 1995, the European Parliament has adopted resolutions drawing attention to the obligation to remember not only through commemorations but also through education. In November 2018, the EU became a permanent international partner of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This is a further updated version of a briefing from January 2018. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Senate hears opening arguments making the case against Trump

Earlier Wednesday, Trump told reporters at a news conference in Switzerland that he “can live either way” with the Senate’s decision on whether to call witnesses for his historic impeachment trial.
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Senate hears opening arguments making the case against Trump

Earlier Wednesday, Trump told reporters at a news conference in Switzerland that he “can live either way” with the Senate’s decision on whether to call witnesses for his historic impeachment trial.

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses

The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses

The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The Technology 202: Amazon, Facebook and Apple spend record-high amounts on Washington lobbying in 2019

The eye-popping sums come amid increased antitrust and privacy scrutiny.
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The Technology 202: Amazon, Facebook and Apple spend record-high amounts on Washington lobbying in 2019

The eye-popping sums come amid increased antitrust and privacy scrutiny.

Senate adopts ground rules for impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings

The vote sets the stage for opening arguments by House impeachment managers and President Trump’s legal defense team beginning Wednesday at 1 p.m.
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Senate adopts ground rules for impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings

The vote sets the stage for opening arguments by House impeachment managers and President Trump’s legal defense team beginning Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Study - Research for REGI - Visibility and Communication of Cohesion Policy in Online Media - 15-10-2019

This study evaluates the visibility and communication of cohesion policy in online media. It employs a mixed methods approach to investigate media coverage, representation and user perceptions of cohesion policy in online media. The research draws on an origi
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Study - Research for REGI - Visibility and Communication of Cohesion Policy in Online Media - 15-10-2019

This study evaluates the visibility and communication of cohesion policy in online media. It employs a mixed methods approach to investigate media coverage, representation and user perceptions of cohesion policy in online media. The research draws on an original dataset of over 60,000 news articles and 100,000 user-generated comments. It also analyses social media – over 11,000 Facebook posts and over five million tweets on Twitter – and 13,000 EU press releases. The key conclusion is that cohesion policy visibility is relatively low in online media. Policy recommendations are provided to improve cohesion policy visibility particularly through citizen engagement. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

White House calls for Trump acquittal in ‘rigged’ impeachment as Senate prepares for swift trial

The president’s lawyers argued in a brief filed Monday that the articles against Trump are “deficient on their face,” while Mitch McConnell released proposed ground rules for the trial.
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White House calls for Trump acquittal in ‘rigged’ impeachment as Senate prepares for swift trial

The president’s lawyers argued in a brief filed Monday that the articles against Trump are “deficient on their face,” while Mitch McConnell released proposed ground rules for the trial.

McConnell lays out ground rules for Trump’s impeachment trial and compressed schedule to consider the charges

The president’s lawyers argued in a brief filed Monday that the two articles of impeachment against Trump are “deficient on their face.”
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McConnell lays out ground rules for Trump’s impeachment trial and compressed schedule to consider the charges

The president’s lawyers argued in a brief filed Monday that the two articles of impeachment against Trump are “deficient on their face.”

Briefing - Representative actions to protect the collective interests of consumers: A new deal for consumers - 20-01-2020

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a new directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers. Currently, consumer organisations or independent public bodies can bring actions in the n
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Briefing - Representative actions to protect the collective interests of consumers: A new deal for consumers - 20-01-2020

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a new directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers. Currently, consumer organisations or independent public bodies can bring actions in the name of consumers in courts or before administrative authorities to stop infringements of consumer legislation. According to the proposal, they would be able to demand compensation for consumers as well. The European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on 26 March 2019. It added safeguards to protect companies against abusive litigation, and deleted a precondition that consumers should wait for a final injunction order establishing the existence of an infringement before being allowed to demand compensation. The Council adopted its general approach on 28 November 2019 and proposed to distinguish between domestic and cross-border representative actions. Member States would decide the criteria for designation of qualified entities for domestic actions by themselves, while the criteria for cross-border actions would be common across the whole of the EU. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - New EU rules on labelling of tyres - 20-01-2020

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and rein
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Briefing - New EU rules on labelling of tyres - 20-01-2020

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and reinforcing most of its key provisions. The proposed regulation would increase consumer awareness of the tyre label, and improve market surveillance and enforcement of TLR provisions across the EU Member States. Suppliers would be obliged to display the tyre label in all forms of purchase, including where the tyre is not physically shown in the store and where it is sold online or on a long-distance basis. Whereas the tyre label is currently applicable to passenger and light-duty vehicles, in future it would also apply to heavy-duty vehicles. The new label would include visual information on tyre performance in snow or ice conditions, and could be adjusted by means of delegated acts to include information on mileage, abrasion or re-studded tyres. Tyre labels would be included in the product registration database being set up as part of the revised EU framework for energy efficiency labelling. On 13 November 2019, successful trilogue negotiations resulted in a provisional agreement on the content of the new regulation. Council and then Parliament need now to formally adopt the new TLR, which would allow its provisions to become applicable from 1 May 2021. Third edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

At a Glance - 'From Farm to Fork' strategy on sustainable food - 20-01-2020

The 'Farm to Fork' strategy is one of the initiatives announced in President Ursula von der Leyen's political guidelines for the new Commission, as part of the European Green Deal. It aims at creating a sustainable food value chain through legislative and no
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At a Glance - 'From Farm to Fork' strategy on sustainable food - 20-01-2020

The 'Farm to Fork' strategy is one of the initiatives announced in President Ursula von der Leyen's political guidelines for the new Commission, as part of the European Green Deal. It aims at creating a sustainable food value chain through legislative and non legislative actions to be presented in spring 2020. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

With two weeks until Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidates are getting aggressive — with each other

A race that was once largely issue-driven grew personal over the weekend.
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With two weeks until Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidates are getting aggressive — with each other

A race that was once largely issue-driven grew personal over the weekend.

House Democrats say Senate must ‘eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security’

In their 111-page brief, released Saturday, the seven managers laid out their case for impeachment.
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House Democrats say Senate must ‘eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security’

In their 111-page brief, released Saturday, the seven managers laid out their case for impeachment.

‘Shove it,’ Rep. Ted Lieu tells GOP colleague Devin Nunes in response to lawsuit threat

Lieu alleged last month that his fellow California congressman conspired with Lev Parnas, a former associate of President Trump’s personal lawyer, to undermine the United States.
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‘Shove it,’ Rep. Ted Lieu tells GOP colleague Devin Nunes in response to lawsuit threat

Lieu alleged last month that his fellow California congressman conspired with Lev Parnas, a former associate of President Trump’s personal lawyer, to undermine the United States.

Trump expands legal team to include Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr as Democrats relase new documents

The House impeachment managers and Trump defense team face deadlines for briefs over the holiday weekend before the historic trial resumes next week.
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Trump expands legal team to include Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr as Democrats relase new documents

The House impeachment managers and Trump defense team face deadlines for briefs over the holiday weekend before the historic trial resumes next week.

Trump expands legal team to include Kenneth Starr, Alan Dershowitz for impeachment trial

Four additions to Trump’s defense will bring celebrity credentials, unvarnished support for the president and professional baggage.
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Trump expands legal team to include Kenneth Starr, Alan Dershowitz for impeachment trial

Four additions to Trump’s defense will bring celebrity credentials, unvarnished support for the president and professional baggage.

At a Glance - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, January I 2020 - 17-01-2020

January highlights included statements on ongoing hearings on the rule of law under Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union (EU) regarding Hungary and Poland; bushfires in Australia and climate change consequences; cross-border organised crime and its im
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At a Glance - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, January I 2020 - 17-01-2020

January highlights included statements on ongoing hearings on the rule of law under Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union (EU) regarding Hungary and Poland; bushfires in Australia and climate change consequences; cross-border organised crime and its impact on free movement; a common charger for mobile radio equipment; the gender pay gap; and the 'Housing First' approach to address homelessness. Parliament also debated statements on the situation in Iran and Iraq, in Libya, and in Venezuela following the illegal election of the new National Assembly Presidency and Bureau. Members voted on annual reports on implementation of the common foreign and security, and foreign and defence policies. Members debated citizens' rights provisions in the UK Withdrawal Agreement. They also voted on a resolution on the European Green Deal, following their debate in December's special session – on the day on which the Commission had itself adopted and presented its plans. In addition, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan addressed a formal sitting of Parliament. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Study - The role of national fiscal bodies - State of play (January 2020) - 16-01-2020

This briefing provides an overview of the advisory role played by independent national fiscal bodies in the preparations of the budgets of the EU Member States. The briefing is updated regularly. The objective of the analysis is twofold: 1) to give an overvi
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Study - The role of national fiscal bodies - State of play (January 2020) - 16-01-2020

This briefing provides an overview of the advisory role played by independent national fiscal bodies in the preparations of the budgets of the EU Member States. The briefing is updated regularly. The objective of the analysis is twofold: 1) to give an overview of the set-up and functioning of these independent fiscal bodies based on the most recent assessments by the European Commission. 2) to give an overview of the extent to which the latest Stability or Convergence Programmes and the Draft Budgetary Plans contain information about the involvement of independent national fiscal bodies in the preparation of these programmes/plans. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - Using technology to 'co-create' EU policies - 17-01-2020

What will European Union (EU) decision-making look like in the next decade and beyond? Is technological progress promoting more transparent, inclusive and participatory decision-making at EU level? Technology has dramatically changed both the number and quali
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Briefing - Using technology to 'co-create' EU policies - 17-01-2020

What will European Union (EU) decision-making look like in the next decade and beyond? Is technological progress promoting more transparent, inclusive and participatory decision-making at EU level? Technology has dramatically changed both the number and quality of connections between citizens and public administrations. With technological progress, citizens have gained improved access to public authorities through new digital communication channels. Innovative, tech-based, approaches to policy-making have become the subject of a growing debate between academics and politicians. Theoretical approaches such as ‘CrowdLaw’, ‘Policy-Making 3.0’, ‘liquid’, ‘do-it-yourself’ or ‘technical’ democracy and ‘democratic innovations’ share the positive outlook towards technology; and technology is seen as the medium through which policies can be ‘co-created’ by decision-makers and stakeholders. Co-creation is mutually beneficial. Decision-makers gain legitimacy by incorporating the skills, knowledge and expertise of citizens, who in turn have the opportunity to shape new policies according to their needs and expectations. EU institutions are at the forefront of experimentation with technologically innovative approaches to make decision-making more transparent and accessible to stakeholders. Efforts in modernising EU participatory channels through technology have evolved over time: from redressing criticism on democratic deficits, through fostering digital interactions with stakeholders, up to current attempts at designing policy-making in a friendly and participative manner. While technological innovation holds the promise of making EU policy-making even more participatory, it is not without challenges. To begin with, technology is resource consuming. There are legal challenges associated with both over- and under-regulation of the use of technology in policy-making. Furthermore, technological innovation raises ethical concerns. It may increase inequality, for instance, or infringe personal privacy. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point

Trump instructed the vice president not to attend the new Ukrainian leader’s inauguration a day after Lev Parnas said he failed to extract a promise that Kyiv would announce a Biden investigation.
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Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point

Trump instructed the vice president not to attend the new Ukrainian leader’s inauguration a day after Lev Parnas said he failed to extract a promise that Kyiv would announce a Biden investigation.

Senate impeachment trial begins with rancor over witnesses and new evidence about Trump’s Ukraine dealings

The partisan kickoff to the trial that will determine Trump’s fate came amid new allegations by a Trump associate who has tried to implicate the president more directly in an alleged plot to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.
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Senate impeachment trial begins with rancor over witnesses and new evidence about Trump’s Ukraine dealings

The partisan kickoff to the trial that will determine Trump’s fate came amid new allegations by a Trump associate who has tried to implicate the president more directly in an alleged plot to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.

At a Glance - Escalating US-Iran conflict: The EU's priorities - 16-01-2020

On 3 January 2020, a United States (US) strike outside Baghdad killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the al-Qods force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), and arguably the second most important man in Iran after Supreme Leader
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At a Glance - Escalating US-Iran conflict: The EU's priorities - 16-01-2020

On 3 January 2020, a United States (US) strike outside Baghdad killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the al-Qods force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), and arguably the second most important man in Iran after Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The assassination was a reaction to an escalation in the growing conflict between the USA and Iran. Iran retaliated on 8 January 2020, by attacking two US bases in Iraq with missiles; luckily – or intentionally – without casualties. Although both the USA and Iran have refrained from any further action, few expect this to mark the end of tensions between the USA and Iran in the region. The EU reaction to the assassination has been to try to de-escalate the situation to prevent all-out war, to focus on stabilising Iraq, and to limit damage to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

At a Glance - Bolivia: A test for democracy - 16-01-2020

Bolivia's Evo Morales was probably the most successful among the presidents belonging to the left-wing movements that swept across the Latin American region in the early 2000s. However, his insistence on clinging to power in defiance of the Constitution and t
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At a Glance - Bolivia: A test for democracy - 16-01-2020

Bolivia's Evo Morales was probably the most successful among the presidents belonging to the left-wing movements that swept across the Latin American region in the early 2000s. However, his insistence on clinging to power in defiance of the Constitution and the will of the majority of Bolivians, including many of his former supporters, ultimately led to his demise and sparked political conflict. Nevertheless, the agreement reached between all parties to call new elections gives hope for the future and could be an example for other countries in the region to emulate. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Impeachment trial live updates: Historic impeachment trial of Trump begins in the Senate

John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, has been sworn in to preside, and the senators are being sworn in as jurors.
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Impeachment trial live updates: Historic impeachment trial of Trump begins in the Senate

John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, has been sworn in to preside, and the senators are being sworn in as jurors.

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