Politics

Future EU 13-12-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Welcome to uncharted territory

It is not often that we knowingly witness history in the making before our own eyes, but today we've had one of those moments.
Brexit 13-12-2019

Leaders ask the Commission for a mandate to start post-Brexit negotiations with UK

The European Council has asked the Commission to present a mandate to start post-Brexit negotiations with the UK as soon as possible, following Thursday (12 December) UK elections results that confirmed a strong majority for Boris Johnson.
Elections 13-12-2019

Scots to map out independence plans after UK election success

The Scottish National Party (SNP) will next week unveil a "detailed democratic case for the transfer of power" that may enable a second Scottish independence referendum to take place in the near future, the leader of the party Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday (13 December).
Brexit 13-12-2019

Brexit battle over: new battles begin

After three and a half years there is finally closure. There will be no second referendum. The UK will leave the European Union in January. But as one battle ends, a host of new fronts open up.
Future EU 13-12-2019

AS IT HAPPENED: EU leaders discuss budget, climate change

EU27 leaders meet in Brussels on 12-13 December to discuss the bloc's next seven-year budget and ways to financially sweeten its 'green component', in order to meet the new European Commission's top priority of making the EU climate-neutral by 2050.
Brexit 13-12-2019

EU leaders congratulate Johnson but warn of more hard work ahead

EU leaders put on a brave face on Friday (13 December) and congratulated Boris Johson on his resounding victory in the UK elections, which means he will take the country out of the EU next month after three years of Brexit frustrations.
13-12-2019

Former US Vice-President Al Gore warns of COP25 failure

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about Al Gore's comments on the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, calling it a missed opportunity, and so much more.
Elections 13-12-2019

Corbyn to step down after crushing election defeat

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday (13 December) he would stand down as his party faced its worst electoral defeat in 84 years, but he did not set a date for his departure and added he would remain in charge during a period of reflection.
Digital 13-12-2019

Malta murder scandal exposes EU reluctance to force Muscat out

Malta's Prime Minister Josep Muscat came under increasing pressure on Thursday (12 December) as calls for his immediate resignation intensified in Brussels in an ongoing investigation over the 2017 assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Anne Caruana Galizia.

Four green policy concerns Boris Johnson needs to address immediately

After delivering a Conservative Party majority, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will now forge ahead with his Brexit plans, but with climate and environmental standards listed throughout the party's manifesto he'll to address some key green policy concerns. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
Brexit 13-12-2019

EU leaders prepare for Brexit after Johnson win

European leaders will charge EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday (13 December) with negotiating a close trade deal with Britain, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's apparent election win set the stage for an orderly Brexit.
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2019

EU Council chief takes over budget negotiations

The European Council handed over the negotiation of the next EU long-term budget to its president, Charles Michel during the first round of the December summit on Thursday (12 December). 
Brexit 13-12-2019

Brexit confirmed as Johnson secures decisive election win

The United Kingdom will leave the EU by the end of January after Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won a decisive victory in Thursday’s (12 December) general election.
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2019

Parliament puts its trust in Michel for progress on EU budget

As European Council president Charles Michel takes over the negotiations on the EU's long-term budget, the Parliament hopes this will give a new impetus to the slow-moving talks, lawmakers in charge told a press briefing on Wednesday (11 December).
12-12-2019

Spain’s king taps Socialist Sanchez to form government

Spain's King Felipe VI has tasked acting Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to form a government after the country's second inconclusive election in less than seven months, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Future EU 12-12-2019

EU summit: Even without Britain, EU leaders unlikely to take big decisions

European Union leaders meet without Britain on Thursday (12 December), but their departing neighbour's absence will not make agreeing a budget any easier.
12-12-2019

Advocate General: EU Court has no say on Croatia-Slovenia border row

Slovenia was almost shocked by the Court of Justice's opinion regarding its border dispute with Croatia, which almost confirmed Croatia's position. In today's edition of the Capitals, also find out what has been happening across other European capitals.

Bosnia closes ‘jungle’ migrant camp

Bosnia on Wednesday (11 December) dismantled tents at the makeshift migrant camp known as the "jungle" for its harsh conditions, after transferring hundreds of people who were living at the site to Sarajevo.

EU court ‘should not intervene’ in Croatia-Slovenia border dispute

An adviser at the EU Court of Justice agreed with Croatia on Wednesday (11 December) that settling the border between Slovenia and Croatia was not a matter on which EU courts should rule.
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Digital 12-12-2019

Huawei is key to Europe’s Green Deal

Europe will find it difficult to achieve many of its goals, such as the Green Deal, without AI. And without a fully developed, multi-party 5G ecosystem, Europe will fall further behind, writes Abraham Liu.
Brexit 11-12-2019

Brexit election tightly poised as campaign draws to a close

UK party leaders criss-crossed the country on the final day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s (12 December) general election that remains tightly poised, with most opinion polls suggesting that Boris Johnson’s Conservatives will secure a narrow majority.
Brexit 11-12-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Breaking Point

Thursday’s general election has been billed on all sides as the most decisive in several generations. Britain, not to mention plenty of its citizens, is at breaking point. But not quite in the way that Nigel Farage would have had you believe when he launched his infamous poster of Syrian refugees.

‘Soros orchestra’: The next chapter in Hungary’s Article 7 odyssey

The General Affairs Council held a thematic hearing on Tuesday (10 December) on the ongoing Article 7 procedure against Hungary, tackling the alleged breaches of judicial independence, academic freedom and freedom of expression, particularly media freedom.
11-12-2019

Santa Claus got stuck in Finland

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