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Russia is threatening to prohibit the import of Dutch flowers saying they carry pests, but the Dutch farmers' federation thinks a ban would be politically motivated. Russia is opposed to a Dutch push for an international tribunal to bring the perpetrators of the shooting down of flight MH17 to justice.
Centre-right opposition MPs in Greece want Greek PM Tsipras to answer questions about a plan by former finance minister Varoufakis to create a parallel currency system in the event of a eurozone exit, reports Kathimerini. The 24 law-makers want Tsipras to detail how much he knew of the plan.
Hungarian PM Orban Monday said people increasingly see multiculturalism as a problem. Referring to other EU countries that have welcomed "masses of people coming from places with different civilisational roots," Orban said: "All we can say is that we do not want to repeat this experiment on our country."
The EU Monday said it is taking France to court for failing to recover nearly €10 million in illegal state aid received by low-cost airlines Ryanair and Transavia. The legal move comes a year after the European Commission asked Paris to recover the money saying it represented unfair competitive advantage.
French economy minister Emmanuel Macron Monday said that non-euro countries need "a fair set of rules" amid talks in Berlin and Paris of further integrating the eurozone. "We need a fair treatment of the 'out' countries," said Macron, after meeting UK finance minister George Osborne in Paris.
520,325 citizens have said in a public consultation that the EU should not change the Birds and Habitats Directives, after environmental NGOs had rallied them to do so. The EU Commission had asked for public input on current nature legislation., An analysis of the consultation will be published in autumn.