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EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2018

Juncker warns of cuts to MFF despite member states’ promised additional cash

Most EU leaders accepted on Friday (23 February) that they will add more funds to the EU budget after 2020, but European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that funds for farmers and cohesion would still be reduced.
EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2018

Rift between Juncker and Tusk deepens over Spitzenkandidat process

EU leaders have dealt a blow to the controversial Spitzenkandidat system of electing a European Commission president, setting themselves up for a fight with the European Parliament. The rift between Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council chief Donald Tusk deepened as the two officials clashed over the process.
Global Europe 23-02-2018

EU-Turkey Varna summit becomes conditional

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades succeded on Friday (23 February) in convincing his colleagues at the EU summit to make a planned “leaders’ meeting” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Varna conditional on stopping “illegal violations” in the Cypriot economic zone.
Politics 23-02-2018

The Brief – Brok scores own goal in the federalist camp

If you've ever wondered what would be the equivalent of an own goal in EU politics, here is a recent example.
Global Europe 23-02-2018

Borissov: Turkey summit will be ‘extremely difficult’

An upcoming summit with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Bulgarian city of Varna in March will be a "heavy experience", Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told journalists on Friday (23 February), ahead of the informal EU summit.
Economy & Jobs 23-02-2018

Payments: Converging Users, Sectors and Technology

As users call for the convenience of the digital experience, well- established financial services providers must embrace the change.
Railways 23-02-2018

‘Don’t forget rail’ in Brexit talks, urge UK industry leaders

The European rail network ferries millions of us to and from work every day. Yet rail representatives felt compelled to plead 'don't forget rail' in Brussels this week, saying it was at the bottom of all priority lists despite growing concerns over the expected impact of Brexit.
Railways 23-02-2018

What will Brexit mean for Europe’s railways? Exploring ‘EU27’ perspectives

Until Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU conclude, all industry sectors, including rail, face uncertainty about future relations.
Energy 23-02-2018

Polish mayor: ‘The future belongs to cities’

The city of Wrocław is one of Poland’s success stories, where job creation has hit record highs and environmental objectives are taken seriously. Wrocław’s long-serving mayor revealed his city’s future-leaning path and the advantages of being part of a Europe-wide network of mayors.
Brexit 23-02-2018

Tweets of the Week: Selmayr’s promotion, Barroso’s ethics, and Mad Max Brexit

Welcome to Tweets of the Week. This week, Selmayr's promotion sparks attacks, Barroso’s ethics are allegedly lax, and post-Brexit Britain won’t be like Mad Max.
Politics 22-02-2018

The Brief – Time waits for no Tory

Theresa May gathered her ministers for yet another unfortunately titled Brexit ‘war cabinet’ at her country retreat on Thursday. Nobody in Brussels is holding their breath. Nor do May’s ministers appear to be in any great hurry to agree on a long-awaited negotiating position.
Air Pollution 22-02-2018

EU court rules against Poland’s air pollution

The Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (22 February) that Poland has infringed air quality laws, urging Warsaw to comply "without delay" or face fines after finding that the country has regularly exceeded fine particle limits for years.