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Hungary's ruling party wants to stay in European People's Party despite criticism

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party wants to remain in the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), it said on Tuesday, despite growing pressure within the European Parliament's biggest grouping to suspend or expel it.

Orban has long been at loggerheads with Brussels over his hardline stance on immigration and other issues and their feud is escalating ahead of European Parliament elections in May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of wanting to “cherry pick” European Union benefits in her speech setting out her Brexit priorities.

While she stressed Britain will quit membership of the EU single market when it leaves the bloc, she also said she’d seek the greatest possible access to to European markets via a separate trade agreement.

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The EU’s Brexit negotiator,Guy Verhofstadt was far from impressed saying May was creating an “illusion” after she outlined her plans.

EU migrant quota plans hit rough water

European Union plans to cope with the vast numbers of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean to get to Europe appear close to collapse.

A quota system to be imposed on member states stipulating how many refugees each country should accept is rapidly losing support with France now joining the “No” camp.

French President François Hollande made his comments while visiting Germany:

Paris Supermaket Attack Hero Lassana Bathily to Get French Citizenship

PARIS — A Muslim immigrant was set to be granted fast-track French citizenship on Tuesday after he hid several Jewish shoppers in a kosher supermarket during a deadly terrorist siege. Lassana Bathily, who was born in Mali, was working at a Hyper Cacher store on January 9 when it was attacked by Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly. Four hostages were killed before police shot Coulibaly dead.

Kremlin: Ukraine talks ‘full of misunderstandings and disagreements’

Putin, Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who all attended the meeting, plan to hold their own talks later on Friday (October 17).

Simona Volta, euronews correspondent reported: “In Milan it’s another day of bilateral and multilateral talks. Putin and Poroshenko’s positions remain different. Perhaps another day with no solution to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.”

José Manuel Barroso tweeted this image of him with Van Rompuy and Poroshenko before the meeting.

Spain court suspends Catalonia independence referendum

Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended Catalonia's planned independence referendum.

The court said it first needed to consider arguments whether the 9 November vote breached the country's constitution.

It acted on a request from the Spanish central government in Madrid.

The leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a decree on Saturday calling for the referendum. Many in the wealthy north-eastern Spanish region back him. 

But Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters that the vote was not "compatible with the Spanish constitution".

Leaders of UK and Iran meet for first time since 1979 Islamic revolution

The British prime minister, David Cameron, met the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, in New York on Wednesday in what marks a milestone in the long-strained relations between London and Tehran.

The meeting - as the two leaders attended the UN general assembly - was the first encounter between an Iranian president and a British prime minister since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Manuel Valls wins German praise for plan to reform French economy

Manuel Valls has used his first visit to Berlin as French prime minister to try to convince Germany that his government is serious about making its economy more competitive, declaring that France “is not the sick child of Europe”.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, praised the reforms he outlined, but said it was up to the European commission to judge whether Paris should be granted yet more time to bring its public deficit down to EU treaty limits.

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