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Tusk tells May: Start Brexit talks ‘as soon as possible’

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Trade & Society 27-10-2016

Belgium plans new talks to break EU-Canada trade deadlock

Belgium's political leaders are set for a new round of talks to try and resolve differences that have blocked a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal.
Global Europe 26-10-2016

MEPs call on Tusk to end EU summits ‘paralysis’

During a debate held today (26 October) in the European Parliament, MEPs criticised the European Council for its inability to decide on issues such as CETA and EU-Russia relations, with calls for Council President Donald Tusk to “end paralysis in the Council”.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

Tusk and Trudeau still hope to sign CETA trade deal after Belgian 'Non'

Belgium declared yesterday (24 October) that it could not formally back a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada because of an internal dispute, but the two sides still appeared to be holding out hopes of a summit to sign off on the deal.
Trade & Society 24-10-2016

Belgium cannot sign CETA, PM Michel admits

Belgium is not able to sign off on a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal after Wallonia and other regional administrations refused to give the federal government the go-ahead, PrimeMinister Charles Michel said today (24 October).
Trade & Society 24-10-2016

Wallonia rejects EU 'ultimatum' over CETA

Belgium's Wallonia region yesterday (23 October) dealt a fresh blow to a proposed EU-Canada trade deal, rejecting a 24-hour ultimatum from the bloc to end its objection to the agreement.
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.
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.
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.
UK & Europe 17-10-2016

Brexit: Labour calls to ‘look before you leap’

The UK's opposition Labour party is divided over Brexit, as unity is limited to supporting an increasingly unlikely vision of a soft Brexit, writes Geoffrey Harris.

The Brief: Is 'better regulation' getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better? The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

Tusk: Europe’s anti-liberals look up to Putin and support Trump

European Council President Donald Tusk defended the “liberal democracy” on which the present EU has been built and warned against the anti-liberal “virus” which plays into the hands of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Future EU 13-10-2016

Live: EU begins to talk life after UK

The negotiations haven't even started yet, with the now infamous Article 50 yet to be triggered by Theresa May's government. Things are starting to take shape and the news will come thick and fast. Follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments and talking points.
Global Europe 11-10-2016

Putin in Berlin - and Paris? - on 19 October for Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Berlin on 19 October for talks with some leaders of the European Union and Ukraine to discuss a solution to the Ukrainian crisis, a Kremlin aide told reporters yesterday (10 October).

Congratulations in order for Nobel Peace Prize winner, Colombia’s Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize today (7 October) for his efforts to end a 52-year-old war with Marxist rebels, a surprise choice and a show of support after Colombians rejected a peace accord last Sunday (2 October).
Europe's East 05-10-2016

Kyiv keen to demonstrate European values at Babi Yar commemoration

Donald Tusk spoke at the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Babi Yar massacre in Ukraine last week (29 September). Kyiv's intentions at the ceremony were clear: to strengthen ties with the West and draw parallels between today’s Russia and Nazi Germany. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 03-10-2016

May says will trigger EU divorce by end of March

Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday (4 October) she would trigger the process to leave the EU by the end of March, offering the first glimpse of a timetable for a divorce that will redefine Britain's ties with its biggest trading partner.

An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.
Elections 23-09-2016

Brussels or Berlin? Schulz tight-lipped on possible tilt at chancellor

At an event in Berlin ahead of meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Parliament President Martin Schulz was careful not to reveal too much about his future career plans. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.


The Brief: 'Flexible solidarity' is Europe à la carte

Crack open the champagne. Not to celebrate the first ever edition of The Brief. Instead, salute the birth of ‘flexible solidarity’ – the latest, ghastliest example of EU indecision and doublespeak.
UK & Europe 16-09-2016

Tusk in Bratislava: Maybe the EU will be stronger after Brexit

The Bratislava summit, which ended on Friday (16 September), was supposed to focus on security and border control as well as other consensual issues following Britain's decision to leave the European Union.
Future EU 16-09-2016

Divided EU seeks unity after Brexit at Bratislava summit

EU leaders meet without Britain in Bratislava on Friday (16 September) to chart their post-Brexit future, focusing on defence cooperation and border security in a bid to heal deep divisions in particular over migration.
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 14-09-2016

Tusk: EU situation not the same as in ‘The Leopard’ novel

In his invitation letter for the 16 September Bratislava summit, European Council President Donald Tusk made reference to The Leopard, the famous novel which describes the 19-century crisis of the Italian nobility, known for the famous sentence "everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same".
UK & Europe 08-09-2016

Tusk tells May: Start Brexit talks ‘as soon as possible’

EU President Donald Tusk called for Brexit talks to start as soon as possible as he met British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Thursday (8 September), following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.