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Economy & Jobs 22-05-2018

EU seeks US trade detente after China reprieve

EU ministers today (22 May) will refine a last-ditch bid to persuade US President Donald Trump to back off stiff tariffs on metals imports from Europe and win the bloc a similar break as handed China.
Global Europe 22-05-2018

‘No alternative’ to Iran deal, Mogherini tells Pompeo

The EU's foreign policy chief warned Monday (21 May) there was "no alternative" to the Iran nuclear deal, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed unprecedented sanctions against Tehran following Washington's withdrawal from the pact.
Energy 18-05-2018

US: Nord Stream raises intelligence concerns

The planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany raises US intelligence and military concerns since it would allow Moscow to place new listening and monitoring technology in the Baltic Sea, a senior US official said on Thursday (17 May).
Global Europe 17-05-2018

EU leaders take joint position on Iran deal, US trade

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday (17 May) a "united approach" to salvage the Iran nuclear agreement and deal with the trade tariffs US President Donald Trump plans to impose on European steel and aluminium.
Global Europe 17-05-2018

Whistleblower: Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia

Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday (16 May).
Enlargement 17-05-2018

Tusk: With friends like Trump, who needs enemies

The European Union's top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday (16 May) on President Donald Trump, slamming his "capricious assertiveness" and saying the US leader acted more like an enemy than a friend.
Economy & Jobs 17-05-2018

France’s Total warns of Iran exit as EU struggles to save economic ties

French energy giant Total joined other European companies in signalling on Wednesday (16  May) they could exit Iran, casting doubt on whether European leaders meeting to try to salvage the Iran nuclear deal can safeguard trade with Tehran.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

In Sofia, EU leaders will seek united front on Trump

European Union leaders will try to forge a united response at a summit today (16 May) to US President Donald Trump's shock decisions on the Iran nuclear deal and trade tariffs.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

Europe offers no guarantees but vows to keep Iran deal alive

European powers vowed to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive without the United States by trying to keep Iran's oil and investment flowing, but admitted they would struggle to provide the guarantees Tehran seeks.
Global Europe 15-05-2018

Mogherini urges ‘utmost restraint’ after Gaza deaths

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday (14 May) urged "utmost restraint" after at least 37 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during protests against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
Enlargement 14-05-2018

EU to meet Balkan leaders under shadow of Trump

EU leaders will seek to boost ties with the Balkans at a summit on Thursday (17 May), but it looks set to be overshadowed by the rift with US President Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal.
Global Europe 14-05-2018

Israel, US Jerusalem festivities uncover EU rift

US President Donald Trump succeeded in dividing EU nations ahead of today’s (14 May) opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
Global Europe 14-05-2018

Mogherini hosts Iran foreign minister in attempt to save nuclear deal

Iran's foreign minister will visit Brussels on Tuesday (15 May) as part of a whirlwind diplomatic tour as world leaders scramble to salvage something from the wreckage of a landmark nuclear deal following Washington's withdrawal.
Global Europe 11-05-2018

Trans-Europe Express – After Iran, Trump counts his friends in Europe

US President Donald Trump pulled out from the landmark 2015 Iranian nuclear deal on 8 May, provoking Europe's outrage at the official level, but also among the major opposition forces in many countries. What is more interesting is who supported him.
Future EU 11-05-2018

Merkel: Europe can no longer rely on US to ‘protect’ it

Europe can no longer rely on the United States to protect it, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday (10 May), urging the bloc to take its destiny in its own hands.
Global Europe 09-05-2018

Trump slaps Europe in the face with Iran deal pull-out

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the landmark deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany who signed the agreement published a joint statement, saying they will continue to stick by it.
Global Europe 08-05-2018

Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal, European allies on edge

US President Donald Trump will announce today (8 May) whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in and work with European allies who say it has successfully halted Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Global Europe 04-05-2018

Europeans push last bid to salvage Iran deal, but work on plan B

European powers still want to hand Donald Trump next week a plan to save the Iran nuclear deal, but they have also started work on protecting EU-Iranian business ties if the US president makes good on a threat to withdraw.
Global Europe 03-05-2018

Merkel makes last ditch effort to save Iran nuclear deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (2 May) that the nuclear deal with Iran should not be cancelled but its negotiating framework needed to be broadened.
Economy & Jobs 01-05-2018

US holds off on EU, Canada, Mexico metal tariffs for 30 days

US President Donald Trump on Monday (30 April) held off on imposing controversial tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, offering them a 30-day reprieve after fears of a trade war spooked Wall Street. The...
Elections 30-04-2018

Macron digital tax plan faces EU rebuff

French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious plans for an EU digital tax targeting US tech giants such as Google or Facebook faced strong headwinds on Saturday (28 April), provoking anger from Paris.
Global Europe 27-04-2018

Merkel in Washington to make Germany heard again

German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to the White House on Friday (27 April) for talks with Donald Trump, facing an uphill struggle to save the Iran nuclear deal, avoid a trade war and make her relationship with the US president functional again.
Politics 26-04-2018

The Brief – Macron alert, Bromance comes with strings attached

Such is Emmanuel Macron’s ‘golden boy’ status that he is the subject of the Brief for two days in a row.
Global Europe 26-04-2018

Macron stuns US Congress with strong rebuke of Trumpism

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to embrace multilateralism and warned of the perils of trade war and "extreme nationalism" in an address to Congress on Wednesday (25 April), pushing back against Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.