EU leaders back UK on Russia, hold off on trade

Leaders arrive at an EU Summit in Brussels on 14 December 2017. [{European Council]

Leaders of the 28 EU member states are meeting in Brussels on 22-23 March for high-level talks on issues ranging from the Salisbury poisoning attack to relations with Turkey, US and Russia, and visions for a reform of the eurozone.

The agenda highlights include:

  • Poisoning/Russia: EU leaders backed Britain in the night of 22 March in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England, and agreed to recall their ambassador to Moscow for consultations.
  • Trade/US steel tariffs: The leaders postponed a decision on trade, seeking further clarification after the EU won a temporary reprieve from President Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs.
  • Eurozone reform: French President Emmanuel Macron is likely to push for ambitious reform of the euro area, including its fiscal capacity, while a number of euro countries prefer a more cautious approach.
  • Brexit: Leaders are expected to sign off on a broad agreement for the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the bloc, announced on Monday, paving the way for further talks needed to finalise the deal before the UK leaves next March.
  • Digital/taxation: They will debate how to tax the fast-growing digital economy and do more to fight tax evasion.

EU leaders postpone decision on trade amid wariness over US tariff exemption

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UK's May wins EU backing for holding Russia responsible for Salisbury attack

EU leaders backed Britain in the night of 22 to 23 March in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England, raising the possibility of additional retaliatory steps by European countries.

EU heads of state issue warning over Facebook data case

The 28 EU heads of state issued a warning shot on Thursday (22 March) over allegations that 50 million Facebook users’ data was harvested without their consent to influence political campaigns.

Greek minister: EU adopts ‘strongest wording ever’ vis-à-vis Turkey

EU’s summit conclusions on Turkey adopted during the night of 22 to 23 March are the strongest ever as they explicitly urge Ankara to stop violating international law, Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos told EURACTIV.com.

 

Rasmussen: EU summit should send Putin a clear message

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the EU should show solidarity with the UK not only with words, but also with increased sanctions.

 

 

 

 

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