The Brief – EU Storm Front

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Europe has been ravaged by flames this week. But there are other fires that continue to burn. Did we start them?

Fire up the music here and have a sing-a-long below. 3-2-1:

Steven Hawking, Donald Tusk, UK Brexit, Elon Musk,
Viktor Orban, CAP reform, Vladimir Putin,
Nigel Farage, NATO spending, Visegrad, Eurovision,
Irish border, climate change, Macedonia.

Whistle-blowers, Kosovo, Pope Francis, Moscow,
Merkron, Spiderman, meeting with the Rocketman,
Jean-Claude Juncker, Le Pen, Spain has got a new PM,
Mariano, Giuseppe, Berlusconi goodbye?

We didn’t start the fire,
It was always burning since the EU’s been turning,
We might’ve fed the fire,
No, we didn’t light it, did we try to fight it?

Joseph Muscat, Borissov, David Davis, Kolarov,
Canada, Australia, Mercosur bloc,

Paul Ryan, Tim Farron, Mattarella, Macron,
Sunlit uplands, “inland lorry parks”

Gazprom’s pipe dream, Croatia’s almost winning team,
Robert Mueller, Erdogan, Mike Pence, Wakanda land,
Tajani, Melania, Frontex, Bulgaria,

Princess Markle, oyster beds, death and trouble in the Med

We didn’t start the fire,
It was always burning since the EU’s been turning,
We might’ve fed the fire,
No, we didn’t light it, did we try to fight it?

Corbyn, Novochok, Lukaku, anti-crocs,
Bitcoin, Steve Bannon, populists go on and on,
FYROM, Kim Jong Un, football isn’t coming home,
Monsanto Pesticide, Trump is not that dignified

Luka Modrić, Fake News, Sean Spicer, excuse,
Soyabeans, KitKats, whaling is a no-no,
YouTube, Facebook fine, Barroso and Belgian wine,
EU as an enemy, Belgians in the semis!

We didn’t start the fire,
It was always burning since the EU’s been turning,
We might’ve fed the fire,
No, we didn’t light it, did we try to fight it?

Border checks, Ukraine, Tony Blair is back again,
‘No-collusion’, Neymar wimp, Selmayrgate, Trump blimp,
Wildfires, Palestine, striking on the airlines,
Far-right in Austria, Russians now in Syria,

Greek debts, passport pets, AIDS, ticks, Europe sweats,
Microplastics on the shores, China’s anti-plastic law,
Steel and whiskey trade wars, I can’t take it anymore!

We didn’t start the fire,
It was always burning since the EU’s been turning,
We might’ve fed the fire,
No, we didn’t light it, did we try to fight it?

The Roundup

What’s in a soybean, you may ask? The EU’s pledge to import more of them from US farmers was apparently the ‘dealmaker’ in Juncker and Trump’s deal. But France is already sceptical about the agreement

Emmanuel Macron is making his first official visit to Spain and Portugal in a push to overhaul the EU, with the two southern allies seeking French help to connect their energy grids to Europe.

Commission experts have unearthed evidence that carmakers are using “tricks” to reduce the impact of EU rules set to come into force in 2020 by manipulating emission level tests. Again.

The ECJ authorised EU members to refuse European arrest warrants issued by Poland if they doubt defendants will get a fair trial there.

It is all about the money: In the next EU budget period, Germany is set to receive around 20% less funding from the EU’s structural funds.

London and Brussels should be “pragmatic” and prepare to either extend Article 50 or the transition period so that Brexit talks can progress “in the right way”, says Mars’ boss.

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The Brief goes on holiday for a few weeks, look out for our return in late August!

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