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Global Europe 12-11-2019

Europeans ‘extremely concerned’ after nuclear watchdog confirms Iranian breach

France, Germany, the UK and the EU urged Iran to stand by its 2015 nuclear deal commitments on Monday (11 November), after the UN's nuclear watchdog said in a new report that it detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran, revealing even more cracks in the accord.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

US, France, Britain may be complicit in Yemen war crimes, UN report says

The United States, Britain and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing intelligence and logistics support to a Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic, the United Nations said on Tuesday (3 September).
Global Europe 16-08-2019

Gibraltar decides to free seized Iranian tanker, US threatens sanctions on crew

Britain's Mediterranean territory Gibraltar decided on Thursday (15 August) to free a seized Iranian oil tanker, but did not immediately indicate when or if the ship would set sail after the United States launched a new, last-minute legal bid to hold it.
Brexit 12-08-2019

British PM Johnson to meet Ireland’s Varadkar over Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer to meet Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop, the Sunday Telegraph said citing UK government sources.
Brexit 12-08-2019

EU’s Juncker tells Britain: no-deal Brexit will hurt you the most

A no-deal Brexit would hurt Britain more than the rest of Europe no matter how much Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government pretends otherwise, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in remarks published on Saturday (10 August).
Global Europe 02-08-2019

Iran says ready for worst in battle to save nuclear deal amid standoff with US

President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday (1 August) that Iran was ready for the worst in an uphill struggle to salvage its nuclear deal with world powers abandoned by the United States, but that he was sure Tehran would eventually prevail.
Brexit 08-11-2018

Come back, Mother Britannia! 

Seeing Brexit crumble towards a single market fudge with no UK say, daughter Europa pleads to re-unite her mother - with her father Franz-Emmanuel, not the ideal home-maker.
Cybersecurity 14-09-2018

UK guilty of human rights abuse, ECHR finds in groundbreaking surveillance case

GCHQ, the British government's intelligence and security organisation, has breached human rights in its mass surveillance programme, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said in a landmark ruling on Thursday (13 September).
Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Commission cuts growth forecast for both EU and eurozone in 2017

Europe’s economy will grow less than initially expected as domestic and global risks have intensified, mainly in the wake of the UK referendum and the increased opposition to globalisation.
Central Asia 17-10-2016

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?
Digital 19-09-2016

Commission champions ‘laissez-faire’ in first response to FinTech revolution

The digital revolution in the financial sector will get a helping hand from EU regulators later this year when the European Commission tables new proposals for retail financing, with a clear objective: let the revolution flourish.
Trade & Society 16-09-2016

12 EU ministers back divisive trade deal with the US

Ministers from 12 EU countries have written to the bloc's trade chief to back a planned trade accord with the United States, declaring clear support for negotiations that have divided opinion on both sides of the Atlantic.
Global Europe 05-09-2016

Europe urges G20 nations to pour billions into refugee crisis

EU chiefs called on global leaders to increase their support to deal with the 65 million refugees in the world as the bloc's capabilities are “close to the limits”, warned European Council President, Donald Tusk on 4 September.
Brexit 23-06-2016

Institutions plan emergency sessions in event of Brexit

European President Martin Schulz told MEPs to brace for an extraordinary plenary session on Tuesday (28 June), while a meeting of the College of Commissioners would take place on Sunday (26 June) if Britons vote to leave the EU.
Brexit 22-06-2016

CFA Institute boss: ‘Brexit isn’t going to happen’

Institutional investors, like insurers and pension funds, are increasingly turning to long-term investments, according to Paul Smith, the head of the CFA Institute. Smith told EURACTIV.com he is “very” optimistic about Europe, saying be believes Britain will not leave the EU.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the British Museum, 29 Jan. 2014 [Photo: Cabinet office, Flickr]
Brexit 17-03-2016

Clegg returns to Brussels to demand ‘clear answers’ from Brexit campaign

Former British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg returned to his first political home of Brussels on Wednesday (16 March) to challenge Brexiteers to come up with a “clear answer” on what would happen next to a UK that left the European Union.
Brexit 29-01-2016

Cameron to meet Juncker as ‘Brexit’ talks close in on deal

British Prime Minister David Cameron and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will try to thrash out a deal on migrant benefits on Friday in a final push for a reform deal to keep Britain in the EU. 
Central Europe 20-01-2016

EU funds energy grid upgrades to curb need for Russian gas

EU member states on Tuesday (19 January) endorsed a plan to invest €217 million in cross-border energy infrastructure, including a major upgrade of gas networks in Central and Eastern Europe and a new power link between Britain and France.
Brexit 11-12-2015

IMF warns of uncertainty around Brexit vote

A referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union would create economic uncertainty, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said in a report Friday, adding she hoped the country would remain in the bloc. 
Brexit 20-11-2015

Will Cameron get what he wants and will it matter if he does?

David Cameron's list of demands to ensure that the UK government supports Britain remaining in the EU is one that EU leaders will have little difficulty in accepting, write Mark Dawson and Mike Baab.
Andrew Duff
Brexit 19-11-2015

Making the Brexit deal ‘formal, legally-binding and irreversible’

If the heads of government want to placate Cameron, they can promise to change the treaty in the future, but such a promise will be neither legally-binding nor irreversible, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 26-09-2013

Britain sues EU over banker bonus cap

Britain has launched a legal challenge to the European Union's cap on bankers' bonuses which London fears will hurt its financial industry.
Global Europe 04-09-2013

Syria’s military intervention: A comedy in three acts

US President Barack Obama was forced to walk a tightrope over Syria after he was drawn into calling for a military intervention after France, Britain and Turkey called for action. Now he has to deal with being a reluctant coalition leader, writes George Friedman.
Brexit 28-08-2013

Why the Dutch version of the balance of competence review will not please the Brits

In order to show off their new eurosceptic credentials, the Dutch government announced a major "subsidiarity review" of Dutch EU policy – begging comparisons with the UK’s home-grown "competence review". But British Tories will find little comfort in reading the review, writes Andrew Duff.

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