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Brexit 20-08-2019

UK yields voting rights to Finland, officials to skip meetings

The UK government announced on Tuesday (20 August) that its officials will stop attending most EU meetings as of 1 September in order to focus efforts elsewhere ahead of its expected withdrawal from the bloc. London will also cede its voting rights to Finland in areas that are no longer of interest.
Brexit 20-08-2019

EU’s Tusk rejects Johnson’s plea to scrap Irish backstop

European Council President Donald Tusk has rejected Boris Johnson’s pleas to scrap the Irish backstop and instead offered veiled criticism of the UK prime minister for not presenting “realistic alternatives”.

France continues to flourish on EU arms sales market

An increasing number of EU member states is buying weapons 'made in France'. After its exports were high in 2018, France is even expected to top those numbers in 2019. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Electricity 20-08-2019

Lightning strike to blame for massive UK power loss

A huge electricity blackout that left more than one million Brits in the dark earlier this month was caused by a lightning strike, according to preliminary findings presented by the country’s grid owner on Tuesday (20 August).

Investigation of Slovak journalist murder uncovers other serious crimes

A year and a half since the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, prosecutors said that the investigation has uncovered a ring of other crimes, including four murders and planned high-level assassinations.
Politics 20-08-2019

Italy’s government crisis comes to the boil

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will clear the air on the political crisis gripping his coalition as he is expected to announce his resignation today (20 August), opening a new period of political uncertainty for the eurozone's third-largest economy.

After INF treaty death, US tests first previously banned ground-launched cruise missile

The Pentagon said on Monday (19 August) it tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 km, the first such test since the United States pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
Brexit 20-08-2019

Johnson tells EU he wants Brexit deal but without Irish backstop

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote Monday (19 August) to European Council President Donald Tusk reaffirming his desire to conclude a Brexit deal as well as his opposition to the controversial "backstop" on Ireland.
20-08-2019

As Iran tanker heads to Greece, US warns against helping vessel

An Iranian tanker at the centre of an angry confrontation between Iran and Washington sailed for Greece on Monday (19 August) after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar, as Washington called the release unfortunate and warned Greece and Mediterranean ports against helping the vessel.
Global Europe 20-08-2019

Macron, Putin see chance on Ukraine but clash on Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday (19 August) agreed changes in Ukraine had bolstered the chances of peace in its east but clashed on Syria, as the Russian leader made a rare bilateral visit to a key EU power.
Economy & Jobs 20-08-2019

Recession fears grow as euro area inflation hits three-year low

Inflation in the euro area fell to 1% in July, its lowest level since 2016, according to Eurostat data released on Monday (19 August), adding pressure on the European Central Bank to consider relaunching its economic stimulus program in September.
Energy 20-08-2019

No-deal Brexit set to cause disruption for UK oil refineries

Though UK fuel export tariffs are set to rise to 4.7%, import tariffs will be set at 0%. Oil refineries are warning this would put them at a competitive disadvantage.
Global Europe 19-08-2019

EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto

MEPs signed-off a deal establishing the multi-billion European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (18 April), giving up parliamentary oversight of the EU’s military subsidies programme. According to plans, approved by EU lawmakers with 328 votes in favour, 231 against and 19...
Shipping 19-08-2019

World’s largest electric ferry enters service in Denmark

An all-electric ferry, purported to be the world’s largest, completed its first voyage between two Danish islands last week, as the shipping sector gears up for strict new emission laws due to take effect in 2020.
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Global military spending in 2018 reached post-Cold War peak

In 2018, countries invested as much money in the military as they did in 1988, before the end of the Cold War, the latest data by the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows. World military expenditure is estimated to have hit...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Brexit uncertainty delays EU’s defence industry plans

EU and NATO officials have repeated the need for coherence in Europe’s future defence cooperation. However, crucial decisions on EU military project participation and funds have been delayed – also due to the stalemate over Brexit. With the EU’s permanent...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Pentagon warns EU against blocking US firms from defence fund

In the latest sign of the deteriorating transatlantic relations, Washington has warned its European allies that a new European military pact risks shutting American companies out of defence contracts and undermining NATO, and has hinted at possible retaliation. In a...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

EU fends off US attack in spat over the bloc’s military reforms

The EU responded on Thursday (16 May) to US accusations that a new European military pact risks shutting out American companies of the bloc’s defence projects and undermine NATO. In the letter seen by EURACTIV, signed by two senior EU officials,...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

EU elections 2019: How to defend and represent Europe?

Europe’s foreign and defence policy has always been a very contentious matter with widely divergent views on how to pursue it. Ahead of this week’s vote, EURACTIV looks at proposals from the main European political parties on strategic autonomy, qualified...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

US will not accept more Turkish F-35 pilots over Russia air defenses

The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets, US officials say, in a clear sign of the escalating dispute over Ankara’s plans...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

France’s weapons exports see sharp increase on European market

France’s arms sales in 2018 were worth €9.118 billion, up 30% compared to 2017. Exports to European countries are seeing a strong increase, according to the French Ministry for Armed Forces. EURACTIV’s partner Brussels2.eu reports. For the first time, the...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Next-generation European fighter jet cooperation ready for take-off

Germany, France and Spain inked on Monday (17 June) a framework agreement for the joint construction of Europe’s largest arms project to date, the so-called Future Air Combat System (FCAS). In the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, on the...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

F-35 faces Turkish uncertainty as US sanctions loom over Russian defence deal

Washington is looking to impose financial sanctions on Turkish firms beyond those that build parts for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jet, due to Ankara’s plans to buy a Russian-built S-400 NATO non-compatible air defence system, a top Pentagon official...
Global Europe 19-08-2019

US removing Turkey from F-35 program after its Russian missile defense purchase

The United States said on Wednesday (17 July) that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week. The...

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