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Post-Brexit UK to unveil biggest defence budget hike in 30 years, despite pandemic

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Thursday (18 November) the biggest increase in British defence spending since the end of the Cold War, EURACTIV has learned.

EU seals accord to let third countries into future joint military projects

EU member states agreed on late Wednesday (28 October) on conditions to allow countries outside the bloc to participate in joint defence projects, according to a draft agreement document obtained by EURACTIV.
Climate change 03-03-2020

UK carbon emissions hit lowest level since 1888

The UK’s CO2 emissions fell by another 2.9% in 2019, bringing the total reduction in the past decade to 28%, even as the British economy grew by a fifth, according to fresh data published on Tuesday (3 March).
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Borrell buys time for dispute mechanism talks on Iran

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet next month to debate the way forward with the accord, EU's diplomatic chief Josep Borrell announced on Friday (24 January), after Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process against Tehran.
Global Europe 14-01-2020

INSTEX fails to support EU-Iran trade as nuclear accord falters

Three European powers, France, Britain and Germany, informed the EU on Tuesday (14 January) that they are triggering a dispute mechanism in the Iran nuclear deal following renewed violations of the deal by Tehran. “We have been left with no...
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.
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.
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 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.
Development Policy 19-07-2013

Ethiopia’s rights abuses ‘ignored’ by aid agencies

Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) and the American aid agency USAID have been accused of ignoring evidence of human rights abuses allegedly linked to their support for a multibillion-dollar social services programme in Ethiopia.
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