Benjamin Fox

Global Europe 17-01-2020

The Brief, powered by Orgalim – Proxies to a civil war

Until the last few weeks, most of Europe had happily ignored the civil war on its doorstep. The war in Libya between Faiez el Serraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has been...
Brexit 17-01-2020

Report: UK must replace €2bn EU cash with new regional funding

The UK government needs to provide £1.8 billion (€2.1 billion) per year to the poorest regions of the country to mitigate the loss of EU Cohesion funds, as part of a new Shared Prosperity Fund, according to a new report published on Friday (17 January).
Brexit 16-01-2020

UK minister defends EU settlement scheme as applications surge

The United Kingdom on Thursday (16 January) defended its much-criticised scheme to guarantee the rights of EU nationals after Brexit, as the country’s Home Office announced that a vast majority have already applied for settled status.
Brexit 15-01-2020

MEPs express ‘grave concern’ about Brexit citizens’ rights regime

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have urged the UK government to overhaul its regime for EU citizens’ rights after Brexit, expressing ‘grave concern’ about its EU Settlement Scheme.

French forces face military trap in Sahel region

Operation Barkhane was supposed to be France’s contribution to ridding jihadists from the Sahel region, one of its main spheres of influence in Africa. But instead, President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly isolated – both in Africa and in Europe.
Brexit 13-01-2020

Brexit spokesman Starmer takes early lead in Labour leadership race

The Labour party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer is the early front-runner in the party’s leadership race, securing 89 nominations, more than twice as many as any other candidate, as the deadline for nominations passed on Monday (13 January).
Economy & Jobs 08-01-2020

The Brief, powered by MPE – An empty tool-box

‘We’ve run out of money’ is the message influential central bankers are passing on to government leaders.

GDP is not enough to understand inequality, says UNDP chief

At the heart of recent protest movements in Europe and elsewhere is a sense that economic growth has left many people worse off, even if, in most countries, the headline GDP figures suggest that countries are much wealthier.
Brexit 30-12-2019

Johnson takes control but charts a bumpy Brexit course

The UK will leave the EU in January. But the Article 50 process was always supposed to be the easy bit. In 2020 talks will focus on post-Brexit trade relations, with a tight timetable and the threat of no deal.
Brexit 20-12-2019

UK on the brink of Brexit after lawmakers back Withdrawal bill

The UK moved closer to leaving the EU on Friday (20 December) as lawmakers comfortably passed Boris Johnson’s Brexit Withdrawal bill.
Brexit 18-12-2019

The Brief, powered by Eurogas – Master and Commander

Boris Johnson had every reason to be pleased with himself when he returned to Westminster as the all-conquering hero this week.
Brexit 18-12-2019

UK would suffer most from missing new Brexit deadline, von der Leyen warns

The UK would suffer the most if officials failed to meet a new December 2020 deadline to finalise a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned.
Politics 17-12-2019

O’Reilly poised for second term after topping Ombudsman poll

Emily O’Reilly is well placed to secure a second term as European Ombudsman after comfortably topping the first round of voting on Tuesday (17 December).
Brexit 13-12-2019

Brexit battle over: new battles begin

After three and a half years there is finally closure. There will be no second referendum. The UK will leave the European Union in January. But as one battle ends, a host of new fronts open up.
Brexit 13-12-2019

Brexit confirmed as Johnson secures decisive election win

The United Kingdom will leave the EU by the end of January after Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won a decisive victory in Thursday’s (12 December) general election.
Brexit 11-12-2019

Brexit election tightly poised as campaign draws to a close

UK party leaders criss-crossed the country on the final day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s (12 December) general election that remains tightly poised, with most opinion polls suggesting that Boris Johnson’s Conservatives will secure a narrow majority.
Brexit 11-12-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Breaking Point

Thursday’s general election has been billed on all sides as the most decisive in several generations. Britain, not to mention plenty of its citizens, is at breaking point. But not quite in the way that Nigel Farage would have had you believe when he launched his infamous poster of Syrian refugees.
Future EU 11-12-2019

Only connect – the network of European political families

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The political groups in the European Parliament, which help shape EU-wide legislation, are a vaguely familiar concept to citizens. But they are merely a cog in the much less understood and multi-layered network of political actors that connect Brussels to...
Brexit 11-12-2019

Campaign group demands UK rights for forgotten Europeans

Civil society activists launched on Tuesday (10 December) a five pledge ‘Citizens’ Rights manifesto for the 5 million’ demanding voting and citizenship rights two days ahead of a potentially decisive UK general election.
Brexit 06-12-2019

Labour uses leaked document to accuse Johnson of lying about post-Brexit customs checks

The opposition Labour party has used a leaked government document to accuse Boris Johnson of lying about new customs checks between Northern Ireland and Britain..
Brexit 05-12-2019

The Brief – No choice at all

Let’s face it: the choice facing British voters next Thursday is not an appealing one. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are locked in an unpopularity contest – both are deeply divisive, on Brexit and a swathe of domestic policies – and the winner will be the person deemed least unpalatable.
Brexit 05-12-2019

Brexit party imploding after four MEPs defect to back Boris Johnson

The Brexit party, formed by veteran Eurosceptic Nigel Farage, is in danger of imploding after suffering a series of high-profile defections and expulsions a week before the UK's general election on 12 December.
Africa 03-12-2019

Africa relations are ‘not equal’, leaders warn EU

As the field of competitors for investing in Africa becomes more crowded, the EU will have to quickly improve its offer. The challenge for Ursula von der Leyen's new European Commission will be to turn the so-called ‘partnership of equals’ promised by her predecessor into something concrete.
Africa 29-11-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – The trade elephant in the room

Ursula von der Leyen’s speech in Strasbourg this week touched on the idea of a ‘geopolitical Commission’ without specifically mentioning Africa. But that’s not a surprise or a slight.

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