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28/09/2016

Nigel Farage cedes power after realising Brexit dream

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UK & Europe 27-09-2016

Labour’s 'Red UKIP' MPs add to confusion on party’s line on Europe

Labour could be at the forefront of exposing these inconsistencies and incoherence of Brexit. But first, the party has to overcome its own confusion and mixed messages, writes Denis MacShane.
Security 27-09-2016

Defence minister: Britain 'will oppose any idea of an EU army'

The UK will oppose all EU plans for increased military cooperation that could interfere with NATO, despite being about to leave the union, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Tuesday (27 September).
Development Policy 26-09-2016

More than 25% of UK aid budget will be spent by other ministries by 2020

More than a quarter of UK overseas aid will be spent by ministries other than the Department for International Development (DfiD) by 2019/20 - according to figures that have sparked renewed concern about changes to Britain’s aid policy.
UK & Europe 26-09-2016

Preventing Brexit is still possible: Here’s how

The only realistic solution to avoid a UK exit from the European Union would be to go back to the British people after the conclusion of the UK-EU negotiations in 2019 and argue that they should have the final say on the deal, argues Fraser Cameron.

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Governments can play a role in innovation by formulating problems and linking people up so that innovators can come up with solutions, says Richard Miller.
UK & Europe 25-09-2016

Divided UK Labour struggles with Brexit, despite Corbyn's re-election

Distracted by a bitter leadership contest, Britain's main opposition Labour party has struggled to present a vision of Brexit to challenge the ruling Conservatives – and many fear the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn will do little to change this.
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

Commission calm in face of UK government's conflicting Brexit messages

The European Commission insisted Friday (23 September) it was patiently waiting for the UK government to trigger Article 50, in the face of a spate of mixed messages coming out of London about the shape of a Brexit deal, or even its own objectives.
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

Bernie Sanders' brother to run for Cameron's old seat

The brother of Bernie Sanders, the defeated US democratic presidential candidate, is standing for election in the seat of former British prime minister David Cameron.
UK & Europe 22-09-2016

5,500 UK-based finance firms could lose EU 'passporting' rights

The 'passport' rights allowing 5,500 British-based financial firms to operate freely across the European single market are at stake in the fallout from Brexit, posing a 'significant' risk to the finance sector, the country's financial watchdog has revealed.
Transport 21-09-2016

29 million vehicles exceed EU NOX limits

One year on from the revelation of Volkswagen's fraudulent emissions testing, a study has revealed that 29 million diesel vehicles in Europe exceed the legal limit for nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 21-09-2016

How to make Europe’s airports safer

It might sound counterintuitive for an industry – especially in the UK – to call for it to be regulated by the EU. Yet this is what British ground handlers are calling for, writes John Geddes.
UK & Europe 21-09-2016

EU's Barnier builds Brexit negotiation team, plans European tour

Michel Barnier, the French politician who will lead EU negotiations with London on Britain's exit from the European Union, plans to tour member states once he takes office on 1 October, EU sources said yesterday (20 September).
Future EU 19-09-2016

Freedom of movement: Non-negotiable

The Bratislava summit yielded very little in tangible results. As the EU struggles to deal with pressures from all directions, freedom of movement of people, one of the four pillars, has come under scrutiny. Ulrike Guérot asks if the EU is still for people or merely for trade.
UK & Europe 19-09-2016

Switzerland and EU head - politely - for the rocks

As all eyes focus on Brexit - where everything has changed but nothing has started - there is another proud European democracy which would like to shut its doors to immigrants but keep open the EU’s doors to its goods and services – Switzerland, writes Denis MacShane.
UK & Europe 16-09-2016

Farage hands post-Brexit UKIP leadership to Diane James

Britain’s populist right-wing UKIP party on Friday (16 September) had its first female leader, as Diane James was elected to replace Nigel Farage.
UK & Europe 16-09-2016

Capital flight: The City will decline outside EU, and Britons will be the poorer for it

The effects of Brexit may not be felt immediately, but it spells the end of the City as we know it. The last 15 years will go down as London’s golden age and be sorely missed, writes Nicolas Véron.
Future EU 15-09-2016

The future of the EU: An agenda

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, concluding with Charles Powell.
Elections 15-09-2016

France and the UK as influential as Lithuania in the European Parliament

Germany, Italy and Poland have far more influence over EU legislation than France or the UK, which suffer from the lack of involvement of many of their MEPs. But three women preserve France’s dignity. EurActiv France reports.

Workers must not pay the price of Brexit

Trade unions will fight tooth and nail against any erosion of social rights currently guaranteed by the EU, in the wake of Brexit, in the UK or elsewhere, writes Luca Visentini.
Development Policy 15-09-2016

UK development minister challenged over ‘wasted aid’ claim

The new minister in charge of Britain’s overseas aid budget faced criticism on her first appearance before a Commons committee when she was unable to come up with a figure for the amount of aid that was being “wasted and stolen” – after publicly highlighting it as a significant problem.
Future EU 15-09-2016

Should we refortify or reinvigorate Europe?

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, continuing with Thomas Henökl and Niels Keijzer.
Future EU 15-09-2016

The EU lacks creativity: We need a new vision of it

In 2002, then-President of the European Commission Romano Prodi predicted that the EU would become a “real global player”, capturing an era when the EU was determined to achieve “sustainable stability and security” within the EU. Igor Merheim-Eyre wonders where these aspirations went.
UK & Europe 15-09-2016

Brexit will change UK role in Europe's space programmes, ESA says

Britain will stay in the European Space Agency when it leaves the EU, but will have to renegotiate terms to continue participating in certain projects, the ESA said Wednesday (14 September).
UK & Europe 15-09-2016

Nigel Farage cedes power after realising Brexit dream

Having achieved his political ambition of a Brexit vote, Nigel Farage will leave the UK Independence Party (UKIP) that he co-founded in 1993 in a precarious position when he hands over the reins tomorrow (16 September).