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#UK – ‘The United Kingdom will have to be more realistic; it will have to overcome its incomprehension’ Barnier

#UK – ‘The United Kingdom will have to be more realistic; it will have to overcome its incomprehension’ Barnier

| May 16, 2020

At the end of the third round of negotiations, EU/UK stalemate continued. The EU described the talks as “disappointing” and the UK “regretted” that little progress has been made. The areas of contention remain as far from agreement as in the previous rounds, with a recalcitrant UK refusing to budge, or to understand the issues. […]

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#Brexit – Barnier calls for ‘real and tangible’ progress in joint statement

#Brexit – Barnier calls for ‘real and tangible’ progress in joint statement

| April 15, 2020

Today (15 April) the EU and UK recommenced their discussions by video conference and scheduled the next negotiating rounds. Barnier noted that “proper and timely” implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement was a key priority for both sides, writes Catherine Feore.  🇪🇺🇬🇧 Good to speak with @DavidGHFrost today to organize next week’s negotiating round, via videoconference. […]

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#ERC describes Mauro Ferrari’s statement ‘as at best economical with the truth’

#ERC describes Mauro Ferrari’s statement ‘as at best economical with the truth’

| April 8, 2020

Yesterday (7 April) Professor Mauro Ferrari, the European Research Council’s president, took the unusual step of resigning from his post by email and issuing a scathing statement, in which he decribed how his “idealistic motivations were crushed” – this statement was sent by Professor Ferrari to the FT and no doubt others for maximum coverage, […]

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#Poland ordered to suspend activities of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court with immediate effect

#Poland ordered to suspend activities of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court with immediate effect

| April 8, 2020

The EU’s Court of Justice has ordered Poland to immediately suspend the application of the powers of its ‘Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court’, writes Catherine Feore. The Court rejected Polish claims that the European Commission’s case was inadmissible; while acknowledging that the organisation of justice is an EU member states responsibility, the Court stated […]

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EU ministers need to broker a solution for Europe’s economy that addresses scale and urgency of #coronavirus impact

EU ministers need to broker a solution for Europe’s economy that addresses scale and urgency of #coronavirus impact

| April 7, 2020

Today (7 April) is a crucial day with Eurogroup leaders meeting to discuss the joint economic response to the crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. On 26 March, heads of government, unable to reach agreement passed the buck to their finance ministers and the Eurogroup to come up with a solution, writes Catherine Feore. Clashing […]

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#Coronavirus – Broad agreement that a common debt instrument is needed

#Coronavirus – Broad agreement that a common debt instrument is needed

| March 25, 2020

President of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno Yesterday (24 March) EU finance ministers met to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the measures it can take to address its impact on Europe’s economy. The most contentious question of using the European Stability Mechanism to support states remained unresolved, though there was ‘broad support’. Centeno has kicked this […]

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#Coronavirus – ‘Do we act together, or do we act alone?’ Paul Tang MEP

#Coronavirus – ‘Do we act together, or do we act alone?’ Paul Tang MEP

| March 23, 2020

EU Reporter spoke to Paul Tang MEP (S&D, NL) about the Dutch response to coronavirus. In the Netherlands there has been a voluntary lockdown, bars and restaurants are closed down and people are encouraged to stay at home though parks are busy, especially in the spring sunshine. Tang speculated that the Netherlands might have to […]

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