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Future EU 27-03-2017

Le Pen says the EU ‘will die’, globalists to be defeated

The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday (26 March), promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway.

Politics 27-03-2017

UK manufacturers urge May to drop threat of no Brexit deal

Britain's manufacturers told Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday (27 March) to drop her threat that she might take the country out of the European Union without a new trade deal, saying they would bear the brunt of trade barriers with the EU.

Global Europe 27-03-2017

Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters

Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday (26 March), including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Road charging 24-03-2017

German parliament gives controversial road toll green light

Germany's Bundestag agreed on Friday (24 March) to introduce a road toll for cars registered abroad with prices linked to environmental criteria.

Elections 24-03-2017

Italy’s Five Star keeps options open on euro referendum

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Italy's most popular political party, said yesterday (23 March) a referendum on the euro was not its top priority and that it hoped Europe would reform before a ballot could be arranged.

Erdogan says Turkey will review EU ties ‘from A to Z’

Turkey will review all political and administrative ties with the European Union after an April referendum, including a deal to curb illegal migration, but will maintain economic relations with the bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday (23 March).

Global Europe 23-03-2017

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot in Kyiv

Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kyiv today (23 March).

Global Europe 23-03-2017

US embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed US diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

Politics 23-03-2017

Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the US Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."

Elections 23-03-2017

Poland warns it may not adopt EU’s Rome Declaration

Poland may not accept the Rome Declaration, which will chart the European Union's course after Britain leaves, if the document does not touch upon issues Warsaw considers crucial, the country's prime minister said.

Enlargement 22-03-2017

Rise above political bickering, Hahn urges Macedonia leaders

Macedonia needs to rise above political feuding and form a government as soon as possible to unblock the Balkan country's path to European Union membership, the EU said yesterday (21 March).

Elections 21-03-2017

Macron seen winning French TV debate, clashes with Le Pen on Islam

Centrist Emmanuel Macron solidified his status as frontrunner in France's presidential election on Monday (20 March) in a televised debate during which he clashed on immigration and Europe with his main rival, far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Politics 21-03-2017

US prioritise Russia, China ties over NATO allies

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip a meeting with NATO foreign ministers next month in order to stay home for a visit by China's president and will go to Russia later in April, US officials said yesterday (20 March), disclosing an itinerary that allies may see as giving Moscow priority over them.

Aviation 21-03-2017

EU hopes to relax rules on transatlantic airline deals

The European Commission wants to scrap restrictions placed on EU airlines leasing planes and crew from US carriers, to resolve a long-standing dispute between the two sides.

Politics 20-03-2017

New US-led force to deter Russia in Poland from April

A US-led battalion of more than 1,100 soldiers will be deployed in Poland from the start of April, a US commander said on Monday, as the alliance sets up a new force in response to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Politics 20-03-2017

Red star over Hungary? Heineken may see trademark banned

Heineken beer's trademark red star may be about to fall foul of Hungary's attempts to purge itself of totalitarian symbols related to the years of Nazi occupation and, in this case, the 40 years of communist rule.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Eurozone chief backs German calls for ‘a European IMF’

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) – the eurozone's bailout fund – should ultimately be turned into a European version of the International Monetary Fund IMF, according to the head of eurozone finance ministers.

Future EU 20-03-2017

Post-Brexit ‘member states will fall in love with each other again’, insists Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is not worried about other EU countries following the United Kingdom out of the EU because Brexit will show them "it's not worth leaving". He also warned that a trade war is not in the interests of either Brussels or Washington.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Bulgaria’s PM says taking steps to prevent election meddling by Turkey

Bulgaria's caretaker prime minister said on Friday he was taking steps to prevent any attempts by Turkey to influence an election next week in favour of a political party that represents Bulgarian Turks, the country's largest ethnic minority.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Austrian bank helps Russia provide passports to Donetsk, Lugansk inhabitants

The Russian arm of Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International is preparing to offer services to people holding passports from two self-proclaimed republics in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the head of the bank said yesterday (16 March).

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Lithuanian MP faces impeachment over Russia ties

A member of Lithuania's parliament is facing impeachment proceedings and an investigation into whether his ties to Russian business and media posed a threat to national security.

Economic governance 17-03-2017

Dutch vote throws Eurogroup leadership into doubt

Jeroen Dijsselbloem could well lose his role as chair of the EU body coordinating eurozone policy after his party was routed in the Dutch election. But there is a chance he could retain his position even if he is no longer finance minister in a new coalition.

Enlargement 16-03-2017

Bosnia could miss out on millions in EU energy project funding

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) risks losing tens of millions of euros for energy projects from the European Union unless it passes a gas law this month to comply with the bloc's energy regulations, the Balkan country's economy minister warned yesterday (15 March).

Politics 16-03-2017

Brussels installs memorial to mark attack anniversary

A Belgian artist is installing a metal sculpture shaped like rising waves near the very heart of the European Union to honour the victims of the militant attacks on Brussels a year ago that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds.