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Brexit 21-11-2017

Paris celebrates the arrival of the European Banking Authority

At the end of a suspenseful day, delegates from 27 EU governments meeting in the General Affairs Council chose to relocate the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-11-2017

German crisis causes EU headache

Efforts to form a coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (20 November), pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of fresh elections and causing the EU a serious headache.

Health 17-11-2017

Electric motorsport to ditch no-deal Brexit UK

The London-based Formula-E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, the outfit’s chief executive said on Wednesday (15 November).

Brexit 17-11-2017

Tusk to demand ‘more work’ from May to secure Brexit deal

European Council President Donald Tusk will warn British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Sweden on Friday (17 November) that "more work" is needed to reach a Brexit deal in December, according to sources.

Brexit 16-11-2017

EFTA court boss quits, reducing UK’s post-Brexit chances

One of the main proponents of British membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - a possible option for the UK's post-Brexit trade regime - quit on  Wednesday (15 November) after 14 years at the helm of EFTA’s court.

Global Europe 14-11-2017

EU willing to increase resources to counter Russian interference

Following developments in Eastern Europe and Catalonia, EU foreign affairs ministers pledged more resources to fight against foreign interference in Europe, in particular coming from Russian actors.

Defence policy 13-11-2017

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

The EU took a major step towards building closer defence ties on Monday (13 November), with 23 member states signing a landmark agreement, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and boost cooperation following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

10-11-2017

Juncker adviser prescribes celebrity ambassadors and better social media for EU woes

The European Union needs a fresh “hearts and minds” strategy, including better use of social media and celebrity ambassadors, in order to reach out to its citizens, according to a report by a special adviser to Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker.

10-11-2017

Macron’s party launches zealous training on the EU

Emmanuel Macron's party has launched an online training programme to present its version of the EU's history, objectives and operations to French citizens before the 2019 European elections. And to defend the president's ideas. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 10-11-2017

Fate of banking, medicines agencies to be decided by secret ballot

EU ministers will vote by secret ballot on the relocation of two EU agencies currently based in London at the General Affairs Council on 20 November. The ballot papers will then be destroyed and no record kept.

Defence policy 09-11-2017

EU to sign joint defence pact in show of post-Brexit unity

At least 20 members of the European Union will next week sign up to a new defence pact, heavily promoted by France and Germany, to fund and develop joint military hardware in a show of unity following Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

Elections 08-11-2017

French Economy Minister Le Maire visits ‘Jamaica’

French Minister of Economic Affairs Bruno Le Maire's meeting with 'Jamaica' coalition negotiators in Berlin on Wednesday (8 November) was not a coincidence. From the French point of view, President Emmanuel Macron’s eurozone plans might be threatened by the formation of the new German government. EURACTIV Germany reports.

08-11-2017

EU ambassadors ‘brainstorm’ post-Brexit ties

European Union countries will on Wednesday (8 November) begin mapping out for the first time possible future relations with Britain after the nation leaves the bloc, sources said ahead of a new round of Brexit talks this week.

Economic governance 07-11-2017

EU finance chiefs thrash out post-Brexit future

European Union finance ministers wrangled yesterday (6 November) over differences in plans to reform the euro common currency in the wake of last year's shock Brexit vote.

07-11-2017

Puigdemont case: Belgian judge to request clarifications on Spain’s accusations

The Belgian judge overseeing the extradition of sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members intends to request clarifications from Spain over the charges laid against the fugitives, sources close to the case told EURACTIV.com.

Enlargement 06-11-2017

Most EU hopefuls might not be ready to join before 2050, study finds

A new study looking into the practical, legal and technical aspects of further EU expansion has concluded that only one country, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, could meet the criteria for joining the bloc before 2023.

06-11-2017

Britain frozen out as EU finance chiefs plot future

European Union finance ministers meet without Britain in Brussels on Monday (6 November) to try to iron out their differences on plans to reform the euro in the wake of the shock Brexit vote.

Central Asia 06-11-2017

EU hesitates to recognise Kazakhstan as European

Kazakhstan is searching for a post-Soviet identity somewhere between its traditional Kazakh and Turkish cultures, Europe and multiculturalism, diplomats have told EURACTIV. But Europe has been slow to forge closer ties with the young country, despite its strategic location and potential.

Puigdemont’s defence plan faces uphill battle as situation worsens

Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont's plan to avoid extradition to Spain citing a lack of guarantees for a fair trial in Madrid may prove hard to back up legally under European Arrest Warrant (EAW) rules.

02-11-2017

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz – conservative and pro-European

With Sebastian Kurz, the EU can count on a pro-European partner in the new Austrian government. And expect a policy that is based on conservative values, but also willing to reform. EURACTIV Germany reports.

31-10-2017

Puigdemont says will stay in Belgium, accept snap election

Dismissed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is not seeking political asylum in Belgium and will not return to Spain until he is guaranteed a fair trial, he told a packed news conference in Brussels’  European quarter on Tuesday (31 October).

31-10-2017

Catalan leader flees to Brussels and prepares for legal battle against Spain

Sacked Catalan president Parles Puigdemont met on Monday (30 October) with a lawyer in Brussels as the Spanish general prosecutor called for charges of rebellion and sedition over his role in Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence.

30-10-2017

Dismissed Catalonia leader Puigdemont said to be in Brussels

Catalonia's dismissed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was in Brussels on Monday (30 October), a Spanish government source said, as prosecutors called for him to be charged with rebellion over his drive for Catalan independence.

30-10-2017

Diplomatic row between Greece and Spain’s ambassador over Catalonia

Greece called on Spain's ambassador to Athens on Sunday (29 October) to revoke statements to a Greek newspaper suggesting that the government was not supportive of Spanish unity.