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Brexit 20-06-2017

Quiz: How much do you know about Brexit?

Negotiations between the UK and the EU began on Monday (19 June) and are scheduled to take until March 2019. It is crucial for the future of European and British citizens that both sides reach a good settlement in the complex divorce. How much do you know about the subject?

Brexit 19-06-2017

Brexit talks start with smiles, focus on tough issues

The historic talks on how the United Kingdom and the EU will go separate ways in 2019 kicked off on Monday (19 June) with the two sides agreeing on a timetable, structure and priorities.

Brexit 15-06-2017

London to open Brexit talks by offering to protect rights of EU citizens in UK

The UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will open divorce talks in Brussels next week with an offer to allow the three million European Union citizens living in Britain the same rights that they have now, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (14 June).

Economy & Jobs 15-06-2017

Commission should launch infringement procedure against UK for abuse of EU free movement rights

Mattia Bosio and Mauro Striano argue that the European Commission should sanction the UK for criminalising homelessness as a way to avoid its obligations regarding free movement in the EU.

Economy & Jobs 15-06-2017

UK imports and exports will suffer from Brexit isolation

The United Kingdom is a net importer of goods, both from the EU and the rest of the world. While post-Brexit Britain will remain an important export market for the EU-27, its isolation in Europe and loss of preferential access to the bloc’s trading partners could have dramatic consequences.

Brexit 14-06-2017

Macron tells May ‘door always open’ for UK to stay in EU

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (13 June) the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the EU despite Prime Minister Theresa May saying Brexit talks would begin next week.

Brexit 09-06-2017

EU fears Brexit delay, uncertainty after May loses majority

European Union leaders fear Prime Minister Theresa May's shock loss of her majority in the snap British election will delay Brexit talks due to start this month and raise the risk of negotiations failing.

Brexit 09-06-2017

Five challenges facing next UK premier

Whoever ends up becoming Britain's new prime minister faces a daunting five years in office, with the negotiations of the country's withdrawal from the European Union topping the list of priorities.

Elections 08-06-2017

On eve of election, May tries to put focus back on Brexit

On the eve of an election Prime Minister Theresa May returned to her core message that only she can deliver a good Brexit deal, moving on from a heated national debate over security after two deadly Islamist attacks.

Climate change 07-06-2017

UK leads the way on emissions reductions, despite overall increase across the EU

The UK recorded the largest decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union in 2015, although new research has found the emissions from the bloc increased for the first time in five years. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

Agrifood 07-06-2017

Brexit risks disrupting EU agriculture market, experts warn

EU farm and food businesses may pay a big price for Brexit if new trade barriers pop up and dim the British appetite for products like Irish cheddar, French wine and Danish bacon, experts and advocates warn.

Elections 06-06-2017

May under pressure over security as poll lead tightens

Prime Minister Theresa May has come under mounting pressure over security just days ahead of the UK’s general election. Her opponents say cuts she spearheaded as home secretary have left Britain more vulnerable to terrorism, after the country has been hit by three attacks in less than three months.

Elections 30-05-2017

May and Corbyn disagree over ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would walk away from divorce talks with the European Union without a deal if she had to but her rival in next week's election, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, said he would make sure an agreement was reached if he won power.

Global Europe 30-05-2017

Gabriel: Trump has ‘weakened’ the West, hurt EU interests

Germany unleashed a volley of criticism yesterday (29 May) against US President Donald Trump, slamming his "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests.

Future EU 30-05-2017

UK rebuffs Merkel, says it will be ‘strong partner’

The United Kingdom yesterday (29 May) said it would be a "strong partner" to Germany in response to comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the UK and the United States no longer being reliable allies.

Politics 26-05-2017

Loss of trust in EU has social and economic consequences

Trust in EU membership is on the up across the continent but confidence in the Union’s institutions continues to flag. That is why a number of initiatives designed to increase transparency and accountability have gained momentum in recent years.

Defence policy 18-05-2017

Mogherini sees EU military HQ ‘within days’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday (18 May) remaining differences over a planned military headquarters had been resolved and it could be formally launched in a few days.

Report: May to crack down on immigration

British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Thursday (18 May) promise to crack down on immigration from outside the European Union as she unveils the Conservative Party's manifesto, the BBC reported.

Brexit 18-05-2017

UK blocks European budget as Brexit talks near

Adopted after bitter wrangling by the European Parliament last December, the revision of the EU’s long-term budget for 2014-2020 has now been blocked by the United Kingdom, which seems intent on laying obstacles on the EU's road. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 18-05-2017

Pro-EU Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote

Britain's centrist Liberal Democrats launched their party manifesto with an EU flag Wednesday (17 May) and a promise to hold a Brexit referendum, as they seek to win pro-Europe votes in next month's national election.

Agrifood 17-05-2017

Report: British consumers mistakenly claim they recycle every day

Today, on International Recycling Day (17 May), a new report found that consumers are confused about recycling and recommends raising awareness of the practice.

Brexit 17-05-2017

EU interests should come before UK privileges in Brexit talks, say citizens

The vast majority of EU citizens want the Brexit negotiations to focus on protecting the interests of the remaining 27 member states, not on securing privileges for the UK, according to a new study carried out on behalf of the European People’s Party.

Alcohol 11-05-2017

Finland, UK and Ireland singled out in 2017 ‘Nanny State Index’

Usually praised by the EU for its highly competitive economy, Finland came under attack by a group of free-market think tanks on Wednesday (10 May) for pushing “paternalistic lifestyle policies” aimed at curbing consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks.

Brexit 11-05-2017

UK Labour’s election manifesto and Brexit plan leaked

Britain's opposition Labour Party will not walk away from Brexit talks without a deal if it wins next month's election, according to a leaked draft manifesto published by several newspapers.