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#Brexit – Scotland and Europe

#Brexit – Scotland and Europe

| September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Scottish Government’s clear aim of keeping Scotland in the EU, and if that’s not possible remaining within the Single Market and Customs Union, will be discussed at a series of meetings in Brussels today and tomorrow. Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell will meet with a number of MEPs […]

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The East and The West — Cooperation via Belt-Road-Initiative #OBORI

The East and The West — Cooperation via Belt-Road-Initiative #OBORI

China owns the Belt Road Initiative, or the world owns it? Cooperation comes with collective vision and effort. It does not only from friends, but also from “rivals”. In a Chinese saying, there is no forever friends, also no forever enemies/rivals. Aiming for the joint prosperity and just keeping working on it does matter. – writes Dr […]

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#Petry: Leader of AfD resigns less than 24 hours since election success

#Petry: Leader of AfD resigns less than 24 hours since election success

| September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) yesterday (24 September) celebrated becoming the third largest party in Germany. This morning the party’s leader, Frauke Petry, resigned at the party’s press conference and declared that she would sit as an independent in the Bundestag, writes Catherine Feore. It is estimated that the AfD won 12.6% of the vote and […]

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#Greece’s finances stabilised, the excessive deficit procedure is closed

#Greece’s finances stabilised, the excessive deficit procedure is closed

| September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Council has closed the excessive deficit procedure for Greece. It confirmed that the country’s deficit is now below 3% of GDP, the EU’s reference value for government deficits. On 25 September 2017, the Council repeals its 2009 decision on the existence of an excessive deficit. Toomas Tõniste, minister for finance of Estonia, said: “After […]

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#Germany heading towards ‘Jamaica’ coalition

#Germany heading towards ‘Jamaica’ coalition

| September 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Merkel’s CDU/CSU will – as predicted – form the next government. The SPD have already ruled themselves out of any future coalition, the so-called ‘Jamaica’ coalition looks like the most likely outcome, writes Catherine Feore. The result was disappointing for the mainstream centre right and social democratic parties. Today’s main winner was the Alternative für […]

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#Gazprom: Is Vestager letting Russia off the hook?

#Gazprom: Is Vestager letting Russia off the hook?

| September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

In September 2011, the European Commission raided Gazprom and filed antitrust charges against the company in April 2015. Throwing the book at the Russian giant, the Commission denounced them for illegal partitioning of EU markets, denying third-party access to gas pipelines and unlawful pricing, all aimed at strangling central and eastern European countries, writes Peter […]

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#Brexit: May will say the EU-27 and the UK have a responsibility to reach a deal #Florence

#Brexit: May will say the EU-27 and the UK have a responsibility to reach a deal #Florence

| September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Prime Minister Theresa May will make what has been trailed as a transformative speech in Florence today. Having moved the furniture on the deck, taking Olly Robbins into Number 10, held a marathon cabinet meeting – no doubt with the aim of getting the awkward squad on board – and delayed already hard-pressed negotiations for […]

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