The EU to launch trade dispute against Colombia over frozen fries | AFP

The European Union is preparing to launch a case against Colombia at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the country’s anti-dumping measures on imports of frozen fries from three European countries. SOUNDBITE

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Macron meets Merkel ahead of crucial EU week | AFP

Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany’s Angela Merkel for a dinner at the Elysée palace Sunday evening ahead of a crucial week in Brexit negociations between the EU and the UK. IMAGES.

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski casts his vote in Poland’s parliamentary election | AFP

The leader of Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party Jaroslaw Kaczynski casts his vote in Warsaw in the country’s parliamentary election. According to the latest polls, his party is set to win. While critics say the PiS’s judicial reforms violate the rule of law, pushing Poland away from its EU partners and ushering in a creeping authoritarianism, supporters hail its welfare measures, including a popular child allowance, pension and wage hikes, all aimed at creating an effective social safety net. IMAGES

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EU’s Tusk slams Erdogan threat of new refugee surge | AFP

EU Council President Donald Tusk condemns as attempted “blackmail” a threat by the Turkish president to allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticises Ankara’s offensive in Syria. SOUNDBITES

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Fears over Brexit effect on UK-Ireland border

A small ferry connects the hamlet of Greencastle in Northern Ireland with the village of Greenore in the Republic of Ireland. But if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, this local boat could find itself plying an international border. (Oct. 9)

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Greece: 4 years later migrants plead freedom from “hell”

Four years after the start of the biggest migration crisis in the history of the European Union, migrants crossing to Greece are starting to pick up again. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced that arrivals by sea from Turkey to Greece, mostly Afghan and Syrian families, increased to 10,258 in September. It said this was the highest monthly total since 2016, when the EU reached an accord with Turkey to stem the flow of arrivals.