French president meets freed Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov during his visit to Strasbourg to mark the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. Sentsov is the highest-profile prisoner released during a recent swap with Russia. Sentsov was arrested in 2014 and was serving a 20-year sentence in a Russian Arctic penal colony for planning “terrorist attacks” in Moscow-annexed Crimea. His jailing sparked a star-studded international campaign calling for his release and he became a symbol of Kiev’s resistance. IMAGES

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Juncker: UK has put forward no “concrete and operational” alternatives to backstop

Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet made any concrete proposals to replace the backstop.

EU Parliament plenary session opens in Strasbourg | AFP

The European Parliament plenary session opens with the new MEPs elected in May and presided by David Sassoli, the EU parliament’s new president. IMAGES

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EU nominee von der Leyen faces sceptical parliament | AFP

Was an intense two-week political operation to woo European lawmakers long enough to win German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen the top job in Brussels? The 60-year-old conservative will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission if she secures a majority in the Strasbourg assembly. IMAGES

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Ursula Von Der Leyen ‘honoured’ by EU Commission nomination | AFP

Ursula Von Der Leyen says she is ‘honoured’ and ‘overwhelmed’ to hear that she has been nominated by the EU council as Head of the EU commission. SOUNDBITE from Ursula von der Leyen in Strasbourg

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Protest at European Parliament in support of elected Catalans | AFP

A demonstration in support of the three Catalan separatists elected at the end of May to the European Parliament but who will not be able to take up their seats has taken place in Strasbourg as the new parliament holds its first session. IMAGES

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‘Yellow vest’ protesters rally in Strasbourg

Hundreds of “yellow vest” protesters begin to march in Strasbourg with screams of “Macron, resignation”. The Bas-Rhin prefecture has banned demonstrations in certain areas of the city’s historic centre, on the station square and in the vicinity of the European institutions. IMAGES

RAW: Toulouse police fires tear gas at Yellow Vest protesters

Sporadic clashes with police marred Yellow Vests protests in Toulouse, the city chosen as the ‘capital’ of this week’s anti-government marches in France. Act 22 is the first since a controversial anti-rioting law took effect.

This Saturday marked the 22nd consecutive week of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement as France once again saw anti-government protests, which were held in cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and Strasbourg. In the French capital of Paris alone, some 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets, according to the French Interior Ministry.

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