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19/01/2017

May promises UK will have ‘control over borders’ after Brexit

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UK & Europe 19-01-2017

Shadow Brexit spokeswoman: Easy to understand why some voted Leave

Theresa May’s 12 point plan has put some meat on the bones of “Brexit means Brexit”. Baroness Dianne Hayter spoke to EurActiv Slovakia before the prime minister’s speech about a number of issues, including freedom of movement, the next step for the Labour Party and how a post-Brexit UK will look.
Global Europe 19-01-2017

Gurría: 'The Brexit damage is only beginning'

British Prime Minister Theresa May will address the World Economic Forum today (19 January) to convince the global elite of the soundness of her plan for the UK's future outside the EU. A staunch critic of Brexit in the past, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría now offers his support to the British government to minimise the damage caused by the break-up.
UK & Europe 18-01-2017

Squabble over Boris Johnson’s World War Two jibe 

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson compared Brexit negotiations to World War Two “punishment beatings” on Wednesday (18 January), just 24 hours after Theresa May had warned about “hyped up media reports making it harder for us to get the right deal for Britain”.
Future EU 18-01-2017

EU won’t punish Britain for Brexit, claims Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (18 January) said that the executive was not looking to punish Britain in EU-UK negotiations over Brexit.
UK & Europe 18-01-2017

Europeans ask May: Where is the give for all this take?

European leaders applauded Theresa May for providing clarity by finally outlining her plan for a clean break with the EU, but said she needed to be realistic about the price Britain would pay for leaving.
Agriculture & Food 18-01-2017

EU proposes to halve food waste in Europe by 2030

People are being urged to support calls by a major pan-European group to halve ‘farm to fork’ food waste in Europe by 2030, on the eve of a landmark vote later this month. EurActiv's partner The Guardian reports.
Future EU 18-01-2017

Pick-and-choose populism and the EU elite

EU leaders cannot exploit populism when it suits them and then complain when things do not go their way. We need strong leadership from the political mainstream to turn things around, write Petroula Nteledimou and Nikos Lampropoulos.
UK & Europe 17-01-2017

May unveils UK government’s '12 point plan' for Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May declared the start of two years of Brexit negotiations today (17 January) with a landmark speech setting out the UK’s 12 priorities, including leaving the single market, a new negotiation on the EU customs union and a parliament vote on any final deal.

Rajoy outlines 2017 plan, hopes for minimal Brexit disruption

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told the presidents of Spain's autonomous communities that improving the country's welfare state could be possible but will depend entirely on getting back to pre-economic crisis levels. EurActiv Spain reports.
UK & Europe 17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.
UK & Europe 17-01-2017

The four possible Europes after Brexit

Brexit's impact on business will depend on which Europe emerges in the aftermath, writes Ilaria Maselli.
Trade & Society 16-01-2017

New Zealand PM pushes for quick start to EU trade talks

New Zealand aims to begin talks on a free trade deal with the European Union as soon as possible, Prime Minister Bill English said today (16 January) after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who endorsed the idea.
UK & Europe 16-01-2017

Commission 'interested' in Trump's talk of crumbling EU

The European Commission today (16 January) said it had “read with interest” comments made by President-Elect Donald Trump that predicted the crumbling of the European Union.
UK & Europe 16-01-2017

Britain threatens to undercut EU if Brexit plans fail

Britain warned on Sunday (15 January) it might undercut the EU economically if it cannot obtain both single market access and immigration controls, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared her big Brexit strategy speech.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

NATO, Russia, Merkel, Brexit: Trump unleashes broadsides on Europe

NATO is "obsolete", Germany's Angela Merkel made a "catastrophic mistake" on refugees, Brexit will be "great" and the US could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides on Sunday (15 January) in interviews with European media.
Future EU 12-01-2017

Védrine calls for ‘EU Plan B’ post-Brexit

Which direction should the European Union take after Brexit? Experts are split over how best to steer the EU through stormy waters. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 10-01-2017

Russian central bank governor voted best in Europe for 2017

British monthly magazine The Banker has voted the governor of Russia’s main financial institution as Central Banker of 2017, after the Russian economist halved inflation in 2016. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.

UK & Europe 10-01-2017

Northern Ireland faces elections, raising fresh uncertainty over Brexit talks

Northern Ireland's deputy leader, Martin McGuinness, resigned on Monday (9 January), a move likely to further complicate Britain's process to leave the European Union.
UK & Europe 10-01-2017

Oxford English Dictionary: The man who coined 'Brexit' first appeared on EurActiv blog

The word ‘Brexit’ was coined by EurActiv, according to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, way back in 2012, in a blog post by Peter Wilding.
Elections 10-01-2017

One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.
UK & Europe 10-01-2017

Merkel speaks out: No 'cherry picking' for Britain in Brexit talks

The European Union must consider limiting Britain's access to its market if London fails to accept the bloc's 'four freedoms' in Brexit negotiations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday (9 January).
UK & Europe 09-01-2017

May denies UK heading for ‘hard Brexit’, as sterling falls

Theresa May denied Monday (9 January) that the UK was heading for a ‘hard Brexit’, in the wake of the resignation of the UK ambassador to the EU, and her own core focus on controlling immigration.
Future EU 09-01-2017

5 Star Movement's vote to join ALDE could cost UKIP millions in EU cash

Beppe Grillo’s Eurosceptic 5 Star Movement today (9 January) voted overwhelmingly to join Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Liberal group in the European Parliament in a move that could cost UKIP millions or euros.
UK & Europe 09-01-2017

May promises UK will have 'control over borders' after Brexit

UK Prime Minister Theresa May insisted on Sunday (8 January) that Britain will have "control over our borders" after Brexit, suggesting she would be prepared to quit Europe's trading zone to achieve it.