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08/12/2016

Balkan candidates hope to reinvigorate EU bids with new strategy

Location: United Kingdom


UK & Europe 08-12-2016

Professor Tony Travers: ‘There’s probably a majority for soft Brexit’

Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics is one of the UK’s leading constitutional and political experts. He was in Brussels to address the LSE’s “Towards Brexit?” event. He spoke with EurActiv.com’s Matthew Tempest.
Security 08-12-2016

Firearms Directive dispute continues, no compromise in sight

The supporters and opponents of the EU's weapons law reform are seemingly entrenched in irreconcilable positions. After more than a year of negotiations and talks this week, there is still no agreement on the horizon. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 08-12-2016

May wins parliament vote to trigger Article 50 by March 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit late last night (7 December) after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin the EU exit talks by the end of March - although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.
UK & Europe 07-12-2016

Verhofstadt will step down as Brexit boss if he wins European Parliament presidency

Guy Verhofstadt will decide whether to run for European Parliament president next week, he confirmed today (7 December), a choice which could lead to him stepping down as the institution’s chief Brexit negotiator.
UK & Europe 07-12-2016

British lord says Brexit 'stupidity' should not block child refugees

A member of Britain's House of Lords rescued from the Nazis when he was six years old, told AFP the anti-immigrant sentiment behind Brexit should not prevent child migrants being welcomed to Britain.

Malta looks to guide Europe on social issues in upcoming EU presidency

Slovakia’s time at the helm of the EU rotating presidency has not been completely smooth sailing and its successor, Malta, will hope to guide the bloc’s agenda controversy-free. Recent successes in social issues point towards a presidency quite different from the last.
UK & Europe 06-12-2016

EU Brexit boss sets October 2018 deadline for end of UK divorce talks

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator today (6 December) set an October 2018 deadline for the end of divorce talks with the UK, shortening the time for EU-British negotiations by five months.
UK & Europe 06-12-2016

Brexit: Future of the European Arrest Warrant in question

With Brexit and two recent controversial cases of extradition requests made this year by Romania, the future of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is re-emerging as an issue of particular concern, not only in the UK but also in other EU member states, writes Willy Fautré.
UK & Europe 06-12-2016

275% increase in UK lawyers registering in Ireland after Brexit

A record number of solicitors from the UK registered in Ireland this year after the Brexit vote, the Law Society of Ireland said yesterday (5 December).
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UK & Europe 05-12-2016

#Brexit50 ranking unveiled in Westminster

A EurActiv event in Westminster revealed the 50 most influential people shaping Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Transport 05-12-2016

Airbus chief calls for soft Brexit, higher German military budget

Airbus is pushing the British government to opt for a "soft Brexit" in which Britain stays in the European Union's single market, its chief executive said on Sunday, warning that the future of the aerospace group's investments in the United Kingdom hinged on it.
UK & Europe 05-12-2016

May's Brexit plans face British Supreme Court test

Prime Minister Theresa May's government launches a challenge today (5 December) against a court ruling that it requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, a decision that could upset Britain's Brexit plans.
Development Policy 02-12-2016

Plan to align UK aid with trade policy could sideline poor countries

UK aid will be more closely allied with trade policy after the British government signalled a new approach to development assistance that may risk sidelining poorer countries.
Agriculture & Food 02-12-2016

Denmark cuts food waste by 25%

The Scandinavian kingdom has cut food waste by 25% in just five years, thanks to a new approach to damaged and out-of-date food. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
UK & Europe 02-12-2016

Pro-EU candidate wins London ‘Brexit by-election’

The UK’s ruling Conservatives have lost a seat in London dubbed the ‘Brexit by-election’, seeing the pro-EU Liberal Democrats overturn a 23,000 majority.
Future EU 01-12-2016

Emily O'Reilly: Europe could face a 'Marie Antoinette moment'

EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly warned that the bloc needs to create jobs and restore citizen confidence in order to stop a "wave of populism" in the West. EurActiv Spain reports.
Development Policy 01-12-2016

SDG implementation tops Kenyan development meeting

Over 3,000 delegates from 150 countries have gathered in Nairobi to share experiences of managing development cooperation, as well as how best to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 01-12-2016

Charles Goerens: Associate citizenship for Brits is ‘an offer, not an obligation’

Many fear that the UK's decision to leave the EU will strip British citizens of their right to free movement around the bloc. EurActiv Germany spoke to the MEP trying to protect that right.
UK & Europe 01-12-2016

EU ambassadors claim Boris Johnson privately supports free movement

Britain's pro-Brexit foreign minister, Boris Johnson, has told at least four European Union ambassadors that he personally favours free movement with the bloc, UK media reported yesterday (30 November).

Rights groups expose flaws in EU counterterrorism directive

The European institutions reached an agreement yesterday (30 November) on a directive that is aimed at better equipping the EU with instruments to counter terrorism. But civil rights groups warned that it risks undermining fundamental freedoms.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

In an exclusive interview, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EurActiv’s partner Ouest France that Europe urgently needs to improve its defence cooperation and better defend its economic interests.
UK & Europe 30-11-2016

Women top EurActiv’s ‘Power List’ of Top 50 Brexit influencers

Despite Britain’s referendum on the EU being called by a man, and both the Leave campaign and the Remain campaign being led by men, women now hold most of the cards when it comes to negotiating Brexit, a panel of experts for EurActiv.com has concluded.
Future EU 30-11-2016

Aspaker: Norway wants to be included in Brexit negotiations

Norway would like to help forge a solution to the UK’s single market dilemma, says Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Norwegian minister of EEA and EU affairs, in an interview with EurActiv Slovakia.
Enlargement 30-11-2016

Balkan candidates hope to reinvigorate EU bids with new strategy

Enlargement has fallen off the EU’s list of priorities and the Union is more than likely to shrink before it grows again. But the Western Balkans are still aspiring EU members and a new strategy has been developed that hopes to put them back on Brussels’ immediate agenda.