Global Europe 20-03-2018

No new Russia sanctions, or Tusk letter to Putin

Theresa May will update fellow EU leaders on the Salisbury spy attack on Thursday evening but has not requested any further sanctions on Russia following the attack, an EU official has said.
Brexit 20-03-2018

The Brief – Kicking the (fish) can

Barring any last-minute hitches, this week’s EU summit will not burn much midnight oil, at least where Brexit is concerned.

Migrant rights increasingly flouted in Europe, report says

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights points out in its report five persistent challenges for migration to the EU, from access to territory, to asylum procedures and unaccompanied children.
Future EU 20-03-2018

Future EU and security main topics during Merkel’s Poland visit

After her inaugural visit to Paris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Warsaw. In the talks, there were assurances of “the readiness to fill the Polish-German partnership with content on the European and global level” as well as the “convergence of interests in foreign policy matters.” EURACTIV Poland reports.
Future EU 20-03-2018

Friction between France and Germany over En Marche’s European ambitions

In the run-up to a European council on the revival of the European project, the increasingly direct political rivalry between En Marche and the CDU make the exchange between France and Germany difficult.
Brexit 20-03-2018

Ireland says Brexit border deal ‘legally firm’, DUP says not resolved

The Irish government on Monday (19 March) said an agreement that would leave Northern Ireland within the European Union's customs union after Britain leaves the EU was "legally firm," but Northern Ireland's largest party said the issue remained open for debate.
Elections 20-03-2018

Key EU lawmakers committee to query Selmayr’s promotion at hearing

The European Parliament's budgetary control committee wants a senior EU Commission official to clarify the sudden promotion of its president's chief aide to the top of the EU civil service, underlining the continuing unease among lawmakers over the move.
Future EU 20-03-2018

The surprising expansion of citizen dialogue

The European Commission has announced having already organised 500 citizens’ consultations since 2012, and says it plans to organise 500 more by May 2019. But the format of those dialogues is quite different from the citizens' consultations put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Brexit 19-03-2018

How do citizens in UK view Brexit, a year before the departure?

One year before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union, EURACTIV's partner efe-epa spoke to a diverse group of people, including British citizens and EU nationals who have made lives for themselves in the UK, to find out how they felt about Brexit.
Brexit 19-03-2018

EU, UK make major breakthrough in Brexit talks

The European Union and the United Kingdom have agreed a "large part" of what will make up the Brexit agreement, including the transition period, taking a major step towards ensuring the UK's orderly withdrawal from the bloc next year, the two sides' negotiators said on Monday (19 March).
Future EU 19-03-2018

Merkel to push for EU unity on delicate Poland trip

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will emphasise bilateral ties and the need for European unity when she meets with top Polish officials, amid ongoing differences between the allies over Polish judicial reforms, migration and a new gas pipeline.
Global Europe 19-03-2018

Putin wins another six years at Russia’s helm in landslide victory

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday (18 March), extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.