EU Affairs

White House vows to stand with UK under no-deal Brexit scenario

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The White House will place the UK "first in line" for a comprehensive new trade deal with the United States in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit, according to US National Security Advisor John...

CDU alone in defending Germany’s zero-deficit policy

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The German Christian Democrats (CDU) are under pressure both by their coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), and by the opposition Greens to abandon the zero-deficit policy amid signs of a recession. German Finance Minister...

Italian opposition split over the prospect of elections

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The Italian Senate votes on scheduling a no-confidence vote against the government, with the opposition less than united on how to deal with the political crisis that started after Matteo Salvini’s Lega withdrew its...

Uber looks to the Netherlands to reduce its tax bill by $6,1bn

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Uber is moving its intellectual property arm from Bermuda to the Netherlands to save $6.1bn from its tax bid, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Uber is resorting to an accounting practice known as a “Double-Dutch,” popular...

Strike pushes Portugal to fuel rationing

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The Portuguese government announced on Friday that refuelling will be rationed for as long as a strike by tanker drivers continues. The strike begins on Monday and rationing was introduced on Saturday evening. Rationing is...

Political volatility weighs on the Italian economy

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Italy’s League party tabled a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday, initiating a new phase of political risk weighing on the Italian economy. However, the news triggered a 25bp surge...

Salvini’s Lega presents Italian PM Conte no-confidence motion

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Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini's League presented a motion of no confidence in prime minister Giuseppe Conte in the Italian Senate on Friday. The motion comes after Thursday’s quotes from Salvini that the ruling...

UK announces post-Brexit fast-track visa scheme for researchers

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Amid concerns that leaving the EU will hurt the UK ability to recruit top talent both from the EU member states and third countries. London’s plans to fast-track visas for researchers wants to allow "the...

EIB finances 21 new wind farms in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €385 million in financing to wind energy company Alfanar to support its plans to construct 21 new wind farms in six autonomous regions in Spain. According to the...

Britain’s Rail Delivery Group to stay in EUrail and Interrail scheme after U-turn

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UK’s Rail Delivery Group (RDG) train company has decided to reverse exit from the EUrail and Interrail scheme, after public affairs backlash The company has decided to reverse Wednesday’s decision, according to which the arrangement...

UK economy shrinks in second quarter, first since 2012 and ahead of Brexit deadline

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The UK's economy shrank for the first time since 2012 in the second quarter according to fiscal data made available by Britain’s Office for National Statistics. With Boris Johnson’s British government committed to exit...

EU’s Copernicus satellite maps to assist Turkey’s Civil Protection Services after 5.7 earthquake

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Following a request by Turkey after the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, the European Commission is providing Turkey with Copernicus emergency satellite maps, according to the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. The...

Sweden’s Johansson tapped as ninth woman nominated for EU College of Commissioners

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The Swedish government has decided to nominate its Labour Minister Ylva Johansson as the country's candidate to be a part of European Commission President-elect Ursula von Der Leyen’s incoming College of Commissioners. Johansson is one...

Government future at stake as Italian PM Conte visits President Mattarella

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The Italian premier Giuzeppe Conte had a 30-minute face-to-face meeting with the Italian Head of State Sergio Mattarella, to take stock of the tensions between the 5 Stelle and the Lega. The meeting became a...

Interrail no more – the UK drops membership from 1 January 2020

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The UK Rail Delivery Group announced Wednesday that its membership of the Eurail and Interrail cooperation, allowing unlimited train travel throughout Europe, will end next year. Following a decision go the Dutch Eurail group, to...

Pentagon says ISIS is moving to reconstitute itself in Syria

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ISIS is making a comeback in Syria at a time when the United States is largely drawing down its troop presence in the country, according to a Pentagon report. "Although it has lost its territory,...

UK could face food shortages in no-deal Brexit scenario, Britain’s food and drink lobby...

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UK to experience shortages of some fresh foods for weeks or even months if a disorderly no-deal Brexit leaves perishable produce rotting in lorries at ports, Britain’s food and drink lobby warned on Wednesday. Leaving...

EU integrates geographic indication registry for food and alcohol products

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The European Commission has launched eAmbrosia, the EU's Geographical Indication Register, which will give easy access to information on all geographically indicated products regardless of whether they have published or registered. First launched by the...

EU expects from Turkey to prevent forced Syria returns against non-refoulement principle

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The European Commission appeared “confident” on Tuesday, that Turkey will "take any appropriate action" if allegations are true that Syrian refugees had been sent back to the war-torn country. Amid reports in EU media that...

Bosnia’s authorities draw cautious praise from Brussels after agreeing to form Council of Ministers

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Nearly 10 months after Bosnia and Herzegovina's last round of elections, the leaders of country's three main ethnoreligious groups finally reached an agreement to form a central government on 4 August, news that the...

China’s Yuan plunge worries global markets

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European shares fell to two-month lows on Monday amid U.S.-China trade frictions and worries that drove the bloc’s investors shifting towards government bonds and other traditional market products. Following growing economic tensions between the USA...

EU diplomats hint no-deal Brexit as Johnson’s central scenario

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s central scenario is a no-deal Brexit, meaning that he has no intention of renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement, according to EU diplomats. “It was clear UK does not have another plan,”...

UK seeks to boost post-Brexit trade ties with the Americas

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Plans of British foreign minister Dominic Raab will travel to Canada, the United States and Mexico this week to seek to boost ties with non-European countries ahead of Brexit, were made public on Tuesday Ex-Brexit...

China’s currency falls as more US sanctions look likely

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The exchange rate of China's yuan to the dollar hit the symbolic threshold of 7 to 1 at the start of the week, fuelling further speculation about a deliberate move by Beijing to boost...

EU directive on parental leave enters into force challenging fathers to share family burden

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The enter into force of the directive on work-life balance for parents entered into force on 1 August, aiming to allow couples to share parental leave. Since the entry into force, the EU member states...

EU Commission warns of significant disruption from hard Brexit

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The European Commission reiterated its openness and readiness to hold talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to avoid a hard Brexit that would cause significant economic disruption, of a larger extent to the...

World Bank CEO Georgieva picked as Europe’s nominee to lead IMF

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After tapping IMF chief Christine Lagarde to head the European Central Bank, the EU has put forward another powerful woman's name to take the reigns at the International Monetary Fund with the official nomination...

Czech PM pushes for Jourova to remain as EU Commissioner

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During a meeting between Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and future EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the former continued to push for Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,...

Von der Leyen visits Zagreb as she vows to back Croatia’s euro and Schengen...

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Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission's President-elect, is continuing her tour of the bloc's capitals has visited Zagreb to meet with Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. "Following my visits to Berlin, Paris and Warsaw...

German prosecutors investigate Eritrean accused of murdering child and mother

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German prosecutors are investigating an Eritrean man who pushed an 8-year-old boy and his mother into a train while the two were waiting at a railway platform in Frankfurt. Federal Police President Dieter Romann said...

Japan and Europe jointly launch three Erasmus Mundus graduate programmes

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Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the European Commission have teamed up to offer three Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships. "I am confident that the three Joint Master Programmes...

President-elect von der Leyen meets Orban in Brussels

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The President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen met with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Brussels where the two discussed her plans for climate protection, economic, migration policy, and the role...

Germany is the top beer producer; Dutch are number 1 in terms of exports

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According to data by Eurostat to coincide with international beer day, Germany is the biggest producer of the much-loved beverage, with production hitting 8.3 billion litres in 2018, figures that represent 21% of the...

When an independent competition authority becomes politicised – The troubling example of Greece

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In recent months, the Greek Competition Authority (HCC) has been in turmoil over the appointment of Vassiliki Thanou at the helm of the Agency, amid heavy criticism that her selection was politically-motivated. And while...

East Med Gas Forum wants worldwide upgrade

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Energy ministers of the East Med Gas Forum (EMGF) met in Egypt on 25 July, agreeing to access the possible upgrade of the forum to the level of an international organisation, the first of...

Eurozone members’ economic sentiment declined in July

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The European Commission’s monthly sentiment survey showed the overall index for the 19 member states of the Eurozone at 102.7 points in July, down from 103.3 in June and 105.2 in May. The summer’s expected...

Johnson to apply additional pressure to negotiate a “better Brexit deal”

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to pressure Brussels to actually negotiate a better, a Brexit deal, while hinting that no talks would take place if the EU won't accept the pledge for...