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Politics 22-02-2017

Brexit minister: London won’t bribe Eastern Europe to get a better deal

Britain's "Brexit" minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels.

Elections 21-02-2017

Austria to reward companies for hiring locals

Austria's coalition government approved new employment rules today (21 February) to ensure workers already in the country are given priority for new jobs over potential immigrants from other EU states in an attempt to halt an increase in unemployment.

UK & Europe 16-01-2017

As London softens on pace of Brexit, Brussels appears to harden

Just as London appears to be coming round to the idea that it will need a temporary transitional agreement with Brussels to smooth its exit from the European Union, it may find the position of European leaders has hardened.

UK & Europe 12-01-2017

UK studying annual levy on skilled EU workers, minister says

Britain is considering introducing an annual 1,000-pound (€1,152) "immigration skills charge" after Brexit on every skilled worker from an EU member state recruited by a British employer, a junior minister said yesterday (11 January).

Global Europe 23-12-2016

Juncker hails progress in EU-Swiss relations after immigration law

The European Commission on Thursday (22 December) welcomed progress in relations between the EU and Switzerland after Bern avoided a clash with Brussels by passing an immigration law that does not impose outright quotas.

Swiss parliament errs on side of caution in EU immigration dispute

Switzerland approved a law today (16 December) aimed at curbing immigration by giving local people the first crack at open jobs, skirting voter demands for outright quotas that the country's lawmakers feared could disrupt close ties with the European Union.

UK & Europe 30-11-2016

Tusk rebuffs call to start Brexit talks on expat rights

The EU rebuffed a call from pro-Brexit British MPs for a quick deal on mutual residence rights for British and EU expatriates, telling them yesterday (29 November) it was up to their government to launch full-blown divorce talks.

UK & Europe 16-11-2016

Johnson: UK can leave EU customs union and maintain free trade at the same time

Britain may have to leave the European Union's customs union when it quits the EU but it can maintain free trade with the bloc, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quoted as saying yesterday (15 November).

Global Europe 03-11-2016

Merkel: No link between Swiss-EU deal and Brexit talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (2 November) that European Union talks with Switzerland on the free movement of people should not be linked in any way to the negotiations with Britain over its exit from the EU.

UK & Europe 21-10-2016

Brexit can be the rallying call for a Europe at its lowest ebb

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU has caused its continental partners to close ranks; the unexpected result of the Brexit vote is a rallying point that Europe can use to offset their other differences, writes José Manuel Sanz.

UK & Europe 19-10-2016

Romania’s financial contribution to UK healthcare highlighted

Romania makes a significant financial contribution to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), the Eastern European country’s ambassador told a House of Lords committee on Monday (17 October). EURACTIV Romania reports.

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU immigrants

The German government yesterday (12 October) approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.

UK & Europe 13-10-2016

Gibraltar wants special arrangement in Brexit treaty

Although Article 50, launching the Brexit procedure, is yet to be triggered, Gibraltar has already embarked on an effort to convince the EU that the territory needs a special arrangement in the EU-UK divorce deal.

UK & Europe 11-10-2016

Hard Brexiteers are making a colossal miscalculation

Hard Brexiteers seem to believe that it will be up to the EU to agree to tariff-free trade “because it is in their interests”, but they are making a colossal miscalculation, writes Michael Emerson.

More services integration needed to reinvigorate Europe

Goods can be traded freely across the EU, but the same cannot, in practice, be said of services. Less restrictions in the sector would yield enormous economic benefits, argue Arup Banerij, Doerte Doemeland and Sanja Madžarević Šujster.

Global Europe 26-09-2016

Commission deplores Swiss canton referendum

The Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino voted decisively yesterday (25 September) in favour of tougher controls on foreign workers. The European Commission deplored this development, which arrives at a time when a solution is sought to keep alive the EU-Switzerland Free Movement of Persons agreement.

UK & Europe 23-09-2016

UK may not need two years to get EU divorce deal, Boris Johnson says

Britain expects to start the divorce procedure to leave the European Union early next year and may not need two years to negotiate a deal, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said yesterday (22 September).

UK & Europe 21-09-2016

Switzerland: London watches EU talks on migration closely

Switzerland's future agreement on free movement with the EU, depending on the form it takes, could offer the United Kingdom a precedent to lean on in its own Brexit negotiations, writes Strafor.

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.

UK & Europe 06-09-2016

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it remains unclear how aware Central and Eastern European countries are about the short and medium-term risks of the UK leaving the bloc and which strategies they should pursue to mitigate them, writes Ivaylo Iaydjiev.

Enlargement 29-08-2016

Austria suggests ‘union of interests’ with Turkey instead of EU membership

One of Austria's ruling political parties has proposed a "union of interests" between the EU and Turkey, in place of actual membership. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Languages & Culture 25-07-2016

EU countries failing to protect cultural heritage

The European Commission has given eight EU countries just two months to incorporate into national law new rules on returning cultural items illegally taken from other member states. Failure to comply will mean the beginning of legal action. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Security 14-07-2016

Germany proposes allowing foreigners to join its army

Germany's defence minister wants to allow its armed forces to recruit nationals from other EU countries to combat a shortfall in personnel. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

07-07-2016

Italy’s ambassador to the UK: Brexit could have been avoided

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in a referendum last month could have been avoided had the United Kingdom introduced national reforms to manage freedom of movement for EU migrants, the Italian ambassador to the UK has told EURACTIV.com.