Benjamin Fox

Brexit 14-11-2018

May wins narrow cabinet backing for Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won the support of her cabinet for a draft divorce deal with the EU on Wednesday night (14 November), making yet another unexpected breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations.
Brexit 13-11-2018

EU, UK reach draft Brexit deal but details remain shrouded

The UK took a tentative step towards leaving the EU with a Brexit deal announced on Tuesday (13 November), as negotiators appeared to reach a technical agreement on its withdrawal from the bloc more than two years after Britain voted to leave.
Development Policy 12-11-2018

Universal electricity access goal set to be missed, new report reveals

The international community is falling well short of providing the cash needed to ensure universal access to electricity by 2030, according to a report released Monday (12 November).
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2018

No compromise on EU budget rules, Moscovici warns Italy

The EU’s Economics chief Pierre Moscovici insisted on Thursday (8 November) that there was little room for Brussels to compromise with the Italian government over its budget plans as he unveiled the European Commission's latest economic forecasts.
Data protection 07-11-2018

UK data chief demands overhaul of campaign rules after Brexit

The UK’s data chief has called for a new code of practice on the use of digital information in political campaigning in a new report published on Tuesday (6 November) in the wake of data scandals connected to the Brexit referendum.
Development Policy 02-11-2018

EU lowers its ambitions on African migration control

EU leaders asked the Commission in June to study ways to set up “regional disembarkation platforms” in North African countries, for migrants rescued by European vessels in the Mediterranean. But the demand didn't last long and the EU seems to have quietly lowered its ambitions on migration-control deals with North Africa.
Brexit 02-11-2018

UK crime agency investigates Brexit ‘bad boy’ Banks over campaign loans

Britain's serious crime agency launched an investigation on Thursday (1 November) into Brexit backer Arron Banks, over the true source of million of pounds in loans he gave to Leave.EU, one of the main campaign groups in the Brexit referendum.
Brexit 30-10-2018

Tax cuts or hard Brexit – Hammond’s budget warning to Tories

Philip Hammond’s pre-Brexit budget, presented on Monday (29 October), was full of small giveaways designed to be popular with voters, and also included a stern warning to his hard Brexiteer colleagues in the Conservative party: you can have tax cuts or a hard Brexit, but not both.
Brexit 29-10-2018

Hammond offers tax cuts and no deal warning in first Brexit budget

The first post-Brexit budget will hand Britons tax cuts, but the UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, offered a veiled warning that the UK would be poorer if Theresa May’s government failed to strike a Brexit agreement with the EU.
Brexit 26-10-2018

Data talks not started, admits minister as UK faces EU ‘data wall’

Concerns are growing that the UK will face a post-Brexit 'data wall' that will stymie the €272 billion of trade in Europe that relies on data flows.
Economy & Jobs 23-10-2018

The Brief – Europe’s fiscal groundhog day

Centrist parties, particularly those on the centre-left, were hammered at the European elections in 2014, in part because of their handling of the eurozone debt crisis. Social Democrat governments found themselves imposing Europe's deepest spending cuts.
Brexit 23-10-2018

Keep calm and carry on: Brexit is 95% complete, May tells fractious MPs

Theresa May insisted that with ‘95%’ of the Brexit deal concluded it was time to “hold our nerve” through the last weeks of negotiations, as she defended her handling of the Brexit negotiations to MPs on Monday (22 October). 
Development Policy 19-10-2018

Migration control still trumps African ‘partnership of equals’

Less than a month after Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union talked of the need for a ‘partnership of equals’ between Africa and the European Union, migration control was once again the main prism through which the EU views Africa...
Brexit 17-10-2018

May and EU consider extending transition to break Brexit impasse

British PM Theresa May appeared to open the way to extend the post-Brexit transition period until December 2021, as EU leaders offered an olive branch to her in a bid to break the impasse during the EU summit on Wednesday (17 October).
Development Policy 17-10-2018

EU development aid fell in 2017, reveals new report

EU aid spending fell for the first time in 5 years in 2017, according to the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2018 published on Wednesday (17 October).
Brexit 17-10-2018

War on all fronts as May faces puzzle of Brexit Rubik’s cube

Although the EU-UK talks collapsed on Sunday (14 October), Prime Minister Theresa May will probably find out that brokering a final withdrawal deal with the bloc will actually be easier than successfully piloting it through the UK Parliament.
Brexit 15-10-2018

Brexit deal is close, May tells fractious MPs

UK Prime Minister Theresa May insisted on Monday (15 October) that a Brexit deal was close to completion, after talks between EU and UK officials broke down over the Irish border question.
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

The EU’s patchwork social pillar on work-life balance

The patchwork of policies on work-life balance across the EU reflect differing levels of commitment to the EU's Social Pillar.

Europe’s black politicians stand by Kyenge in Salvini race trial

Black politicians and community leaders from across Europe have backed Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge, who faces a controversial defamation trial brought by Matteo Salvini, the far-right leader of the League party, for calling his party racist.
Development Policy 10-10-2018

UK to ramp up private sector development role after Brexit, says minister

The UK will keep to its 0.7% aid spending commitment but plans to dramatically scale up its private sector investment in poor countries, its development minister Penny Mordant  said on Tuesday (9 October).
Development Policy 10-10-2018

‘Europe has turned its back on Africa’, say leaders

European paranoia about Chinese dominance on the African continent was one of the underlying themes at the Financial Times’ Africa summit this week.
Africa 05-10-2018

Venture capital with a difference: targeting Africa’s ‘missing middle’

The 'missing middle' of the financial services spectrum in much of sub-Saharan Africa means that start-ups are unable to find the investment they need to grow. But venture capital firms are looking at companies that target the low-income mass market.
Brexit 03-10-2018

Back me or risk collapse of Brexit, May warns warring Tories

Theresa May warned her warring Conservative party on Wednesday (3 October) that Brexit may never come to fruition if they do not back her Chequers plan, as she spoke at the party's annual conference in Birmingham.
Development Policy 03-10-2018

An African solution to the global tech talent shortage

‘Eat, sleep, code, repeat,’ is the mantra in Andela’s Nairobi campus, home to a network of Africa's brightest coders. Taking the inspiration for its name from the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Andela invests in Africa’s software engineers.