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Trade & Society 21-10-2016

CETA deadlock complicates EU efforts to relaunch trade policy

A Canadian minister left Brussels in tears on Friday (21 October) as Wallonia's staunch opposition to the EU-Canada agreement puts the future of new trade deals at risk.
Development Policy 21-10-2016

Oxfam: Our 'red lines' on securitisation and conditionality of EU aid

The EU is in the process of reviewing its entire framework for development cooperation, to incorporate the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change - but there must be 'red lines', Oxfam tells
Future EU 21-10-2016

#EUCO Summit Live: Migration, trade and Russia top the agenda

EU leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday (20-21 October) to discuss the still ongoing migration crisis and the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA. Follow our live feed for all the latest developments.

The Brief: Brexit is humbling footnote at EU summit

EU leaders had far bigger fish (and chips) to fry than Brexit at the European Council summit in Brussels.
UK & Europe 21-10-2016

May defends EU response to Aleppo bombing, as Russian warships sail in English Channel

British Prime Minister Theresa May today (21 October) insisted that EU leaders’ response to Moscow’s bombing of Aleppo was a success, as Russian warships passed through the English Channel on their way to Syria.

CETA collapse scuppers Bulgaria and Romania visa deal

Bulgaria and Romania agreed today (21 October) that their deal to obtain visa-free travel would be part of the CETA agreement, answering the concerns of the Belgian region of Wallonia. A couple of hours later they realised that they made the wrong decision.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Netherland's Rutte still mired in Ukraine referendum aftermath

At the EU summit overnight (20-21 October) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte obtained little support for his proposals for a way forward following the referendum in which his compatriots rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

Commission wants fast internet in schools to fix digital illiteracy problem

The European Commission has been coaxing EU countries to improve technology education in an effort to cut unemployment and help companies as they rely more on internet-connected programmes and machines.
Health & Consumers 21-10-2016

Andriukaitis: Health Technology Assessment will make EU healthcare ‘sustainable’

EXCLUSIVE / National healthcare systems should embrace the digital era and use Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to become truly sustainable and cost-effective, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told in an interview.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, declares Tusk at summit

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, Council President Donald Tusk said following a five-hour summit discussion on the Union’s relations with Moscow, described as “tough” by diplomats.
UK & Europe 20-10-2016

May sets down summit marker on future meetings of EU-27

UK Prime Minister Theresa May last night (20 October) told EU leaders that Britain would not just rubber-stamp agreements made between the other member states when they meet as 27.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

CETA crisis deepens as Wallonia rejects new offer

The government of Wallonia last night (20 October) rejected the latest offer made by the European Commission in a bid to unblock the stalled ratification process of the EU-Canada free trade deal before the ‘hot potato’ passes to the EU leaders later on Friday.

The Brief: The chances of anything coming from Mars

The chances of any signals coming from Europe’s Mars lander are a million to one, they said.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Belgian professor: What’s wrong if CETA is signed in December?

Belgian Professor Jean-Michel de Waele slammed the European Commission for twisting the arm of Wallonia over CETA, the  Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.
Euro & Finance 20-10-2016

Commission’s top advisor championed market 'discipline' in crisis years

Niels Thygesen, the new chair of the European Fiscal Board, called for “ambiguity” in the eurozone’s rescue mechanisms in order to let investors “impose discipline” on national governments.
Future EU 20-10-2016

Soul-searching social democrats issue a mea culpa and mull rebirth

In a move to reinvent themselves, social democrats vowed on Wednesday (19 October) to set in motion a reform that would make space for young people to take centre stage.
Enlargement 20-10-2016

Navracsics voted against the Commission, but his EU commitment remains 'unshaken’

The Commission told EurActiv today (20 October) that Hungarian Commissioner Tibor Navracsics had clarified with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that his commitment to the EU remains “unshaken”, despite the fact that he voted against the Commission’s policies in the Hungarian referendum.
UK & Europe 20-10-2016

ASEAN's first priority is EU, not Brexit Britain, diplomats say

EXCLUSIVE/ EU and Asian diplomats have poured cold water on the idea that developing economies of the ASEAN bloc are queuing up to do trade deals with a post-EU UK – a major policy plank of the British Brexit ministers.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Schulz makes a plea to back EU-Canada trade deal

European Parliament President Martin Schulz made a plea on Wednesday (19 October) to back the EU-Canada trade deal insisting it has the power to shape globalisation.
Global Europe 20-10-2016

Sanctions off the table as EU holds ‘strategic discussion’ on Russia

European Union leaders will review the whole range of their “selective” cooperation with Russia – including on the Syria conflict – when they meet in Brussels today (20 October). Expanding EU sanctions on Moscow is off the table at this stage.
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Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Commission calls for tougher EU trade defence measures

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is pushing for EU leaders to back stricter trade defence instruments against countries such as China at their summit in Brussels today (20 October).

The Brief: The Brexit break-up talk

Nothing spells the imminent break-up of a relationship like the words, “We need to talk.”
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Greek minister: EU needs to ‘deepen’ dialogue with Russia

Moderate voices about the future of EU-Russia relations should prevail at a summit this week (20-21 October), Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs, Nikos Xydakis, told
Elections 19-10-2016

Bulgarian presidential elections explained… by one of the candidates

Former MEP Ivailo Kalfin, a familiar face in Brussels where he comes regularly as member of the Monti group of the future EU budget, told EurActiv about the upcoming presidential elections in Bulgaria on 6 November, where he is one of the 21 candidates.