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    Digital and energy reforms head business wish-list
    Jul24

    Digital and energy reforms head business wish-list

    At the outset of a new legislative cycle, European business lobbies, sector-specific trade associations and individual companies are all setting out their recommendations and demands to the new MEPs and the incoming European Commission. There is an element of formalistic ritual to this process. Some of it is about using the external focus to...

    Bulgarian prime minister stands aside
    Jul24

    Bulgarian prime minister stands aside

    Plamen Oresharski yesterday (23 July) formally resigned as Bulgaria’s prime minister, clearing the way for a caretaker government to lead the country to early parliamentary elections – and bequeathing his successor problems that promise a summer of febrile political activity. Oresharski’s last cabinet meeting had been scheduled...

    EU steps up efforts to help Ukraine
    Jul24

    EU steps up efforts to help Ukraine

    The European Union has stepped up its efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with EU foreign ministers warning Russia that it faces economic sanctions unless it does more to stop pro-Russian rebels and unless it co-operates fully with an international investigation into the shooting down last week of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. A...

    EU strikes second regional trade deal in Africa
    Jul24

    EU strikes second regional trade deal in Africa

    The European Union has made a significant breakthrough in its economic relationship with Africa by concluding two regional trade deals encompassing 22 countries, including Nigeria and South Africa, the continent’s largest economies. The deals were each signed within a week of each other, after ten years of negotiations. Together they...

    A decision deferred on the EU’s high representative
    Jul24

    A decision deferred on the EU’s high representative

    The European Union will stumble through the summer without decisions on who will be its next foreign-policy chief and who will take other top posts, after the special European Council convened on 16 July to make these appointments broke down without agreement. The 28 prime ministers and presidents from the member states instead focused on the...

    TTIP tries to weather the mid-way squalls
    Jul24

    TTIP tries to weather the mid-way squalls

    Negotiators from the European Commission and the United States on Friday (18 July) completed another gruelling round of negotiations on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), the sixth so far. Inside the European Commission’s meeting rooms and in a spillover facility, a specially hired conference hall near Châtelain, the...

    Federica Mogherini – Italy’s scapegoat
    Jul24

    Federica Mogherini – Italy’s scapegoat

    Even for a politician who has built a career around delivering grace under pressure, the intensity of the campaign against Federica Mogherini mounted over the past few weeks will have been unsettling. The youngest foreign minister in Italy’s republican history has been attacked for her politics (too left-wing), her views on Ukraine (too...

    Belarus: island of stability?
    Jul24

    Belarus: island of stability?

    Sunday, 20 July, marked the twentieth anniversary of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s presidency of Belarus – a European record for longevity in leadership with which, until last year, only Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker could compete. So what has life been like under the man usually described as ‘Europe’s last...

    The EU has to draw unity from the wreckage of MH17
    Jul23

    The EU has to draw unity from the wreckage of MH17

    The crisis in Ukraine is posing some hard existential questions for the European Union. The member states are being asked whether, in a post-Cold War world, they are ready to define their relationship with Russia collectively rather than individually. They are being asked whether they are prepared to inflict pain on their own citizens for the...

    Will the EU respond to the wake-up call on Russia?
    Jul23

    Will the EU respond to the wake-up call on Russia?

    Like lazy teenagers, Europe’s leaders are quite good at dealing with wake-up calls. They stumble out of bed, bleary-eyed and mumbling good intentions. The rest of the household hears some promising activity in the bathroom. But within a few minutes, silence reigns again. Life under the covers is just too tempting. That has been the story of...

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