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Guidelines set out for #Brexit summit without UK

Guidelines set out for #Brexit summit without UK

It was back on 21 March that European Council President Donald Tusk (pictured), during a briefing with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, called today’s (29 April) meeting of the EU-27, without the UK, to adopt the guidelines for the Brexit talks due to begin between the UK and EU, writes James Drew. “As you all […]

| April 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

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#Brexit: EU-27 finalize stance on negotiations

#Brexit: EU-27 finalize stance on negotiations

European Union EU-27 leaders have unanimously agreed the negotiating guidelines for Brexit talks with the UK. European Council President Donald Tusk, chairing the talks in Brussels on 29 April, tweeted that the “firm and fair political mandate” for the talks was ready. The 27 leaders – UK PM Theresa May was not present – approved […]

#Hungary: ‘Prime Minister Orbán to comply with EU laws and EPP values following meeting with EPP presidency’

#Hungary: ‘Prime Minister Orbán to comply with EU laws and EPP values following meeting with EPP presidency’

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán (pictured) was summoned to the presidency of the European People’s Party (EPP) this morning (29 April) to explain the latest developments related to the Hungarian Higher Education Act and the national consultation ‘Let’s stop Brussels’. Orbán’s increasingly autocratic approach and anti-European views reached tipping point when a law that […]

Guidelines set out for #Brexit summit without UK

Guidelines set out for #Brexit summit without UK

It was back on 21 March that European Council President Donald Tusk (pictured), during a briefing with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, called today’s (29 April) meeting of the EU-27, without the UK, to adopt the guidelines for the Brexit talks due to begin between the UK and EU, writes James Drew. “As you all […]

| April 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
EU steps up pressure on #Albania opposition to take part in upcoming election

EU steps up pressure on #Albania opposition to take part in upcoming election

The US ambassador to Albania says that the upcoming election in Albania could go ahead without the participation of the opposition Democratic party, writes Martin Banks. Donald Lu (pictured), ambassador since 2014, said it was “better” if the 18 June election had the participation of all political parties. But, in an interview, he added: “Also, […]

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
#Brexit: Belonging to EU is a good thing, say a growing number of citizens

#Brexit: Belonging to EU is a good thing, say a growing number of citizens

In the eyes of a growing number of citizens, belonging to the EU is a good thing. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey of Europeans’ attitudes, figures are virtually back at their pre-crisis levels in 2007. The survey, commissioned by the Parliament and published on Thursday, shows that EU membership is a good thing in […]

Representatives of #Moldova opposition search for justice in Council of Europe

Representatives of #Moldova opposition search for justice in Council of Europe

Renato Usatii (pictured) may not be a name overly familiar to many in Europe but his worrying plight is symptomatic of the crisis that has descended on Moldova, a country still clinging on to hopes of, one day, joining the EU, writes Martin Banks. Usatii is the leader of a new Moldovan political party called […]

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
The case of Renato Usatii as a symbol of a ‘captured state’ in #Moldova

The case of Renato Usatii as a symbol of a ‘captured state’ in #Moldova

Over the past six years Moldova has undergone a tragic transition from being hailed as the “success story” of the EU’s much-vaunted Eastern Partnership to what Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, has branded a “captured state”, writes Colin Stevens. Moldova also face the prospect of being a “failed state”, in the same company […]

| April 28, 2017 | 1 Comment
#EAPM: Looking for incentives in health care to boost the concept of ‘value’

#EAPM: Looking for incentives in health care to boost the concept of ‘value’

“Where is the value?” is a big question in many areas of life. One could argue that the current wave of Euroscepticism (most recently having been seen in the UK, and now France) is at least partly due to a perception that the European Union is not offering enough value to many of its citizens, […]

Eurogroup chief expects agreement on #GreekBailout by end of May

Eurogroup chief expects agreement on #GreekBailout by end of May

MEPs from across the political spectrum urged Greece’s creditors on Thursday (27 April) to swiftly conclude negotiations over the Greek bailout package, highlighting the pain which Greeks have endured. The calls came during a debate on the second review of the Greek programme kicked off by President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who said he […]

MEPs grill Orbán and Timmermans on human rights in #Hungary

MEPs grill Orbán and Timmermans on human rights in #Hungary

GUE/NGL MEPs confronted Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, and European Commission Vice President, Frans Timmermans, over the restrictions on universities, the parliament, the media and NGOs during the European Parliament’s debate this afternoon (27 April). GUE/NGL President, Gabi Zimmer, addressed Orbán directly on human rights issues: “What do you mean when you talk about your […]

Security of #NaturalGas supply through solidarity: European Parliament and Council strike a deal

Security of #NaturalGas supply through solidarity: European Parliament and Council strike a deal

An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage will be able to alert another member state of the impending supply crisis and trigger cross-border assistance to remedy it, under new cooperation rules informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators Wednesday (26 April) night. “This is the second piece of legislation that shapes the Energy Union, […]

Juncker to visit May in London for #Brexit talks

Juncker to visit May in London for #Brexit talks

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured) is set to travel to London on Wednesday (3 May) to discuss the upcoming negotiations over the terms of Britain’s exit from the bloc, Juncker’s office said on Thursday (27 April). The visit comes ahead of a summit on April 29 where leaders of the remaining 27 EU member […]

EU must rethink its relations with #Turkey

EU must rethink its relations with #Turkey

Speaking in today’s plenary debate (26 April) on the situation in Turkey following the constitutional referendum, ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt called on the European Council and Commission to stop accession talks and open the path to a new association agreement with Ankara. “Turkish accession is not realistic any more. Therefore we must find a […]

Politicians pay tribute to former EU Eurocrat Sir #JulianPriestley

Politicians pay tribute to former EU Eurocrat Sir #JulianPriestley

Tributes have been made to former EU Eurocrat Sir Julian Priestley, who has died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 66, writes Martin Banks. The Briton served for ten years as secretary general of the European Parliament from 1997–2007 and was the second president of the Young European Federalists from 1974–1976. […]

| April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
#China: Europeans looking to Belt and Road forum to deepen dialogue

#China: Europeans looking to Belt and Road forum to deepen dialogue

  As the highly-anticipated Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing approaches, many Europe-based China observers are thinking of using the May 14-15 forum to deepen dialogue and exchanges, and institutionalize the Belt and Road Initiative (the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road) proposed by President Xi Jinping more […]

| April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

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