• EU chief unveils plans to avoid ‘Brexit’

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    BRUSSELS: EU president Donald Tusk unveiled proposals to keep Britain in the 28-nation club on Tuesday, firing the starting gun for two weeks of tense negotiations to reach a deal at a summit later this month. The proposals include a four-year “emergency brake” on welfare payments for EU migrant workers, protection for countries that do not use the euro and a “red card” system giving national parliaments more power. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tusk’s plans showed “real progress” and made it likely that he would campaign to stay in the European Union in a referendum expected in June. But euroskeptics in Britain dismissed the proposals as worthless, and they could be a hard sell ahead of the February 18-19 summit for some EU states, who fear that Cameron is winning too many concessions.

    AFP

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