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Davis: UK won’t pay Brexit bill if no trade deal agreed

Mon, 2017-12-11 05:58
Brexit Secretary David Davis said Sunday Britain will not honour financial commitments agreed this week with the European Union if they fail to secure a future trade deal, contradicting finance minister Philip Hammond.
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German conservatives reject ‘United States of Europe’ ahead of coalition talks

Mon, 2017-12-11 05:39
Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday (9 December) rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.
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Polish president Duda: Enough with dependency

Mon, 2017-12-11 05:23
Polish President Andrzej Duda inaugurated on Tuesday (December 5) the centenary of independence before the National Assembly. In his address, he appealed for  the rejection of "false shame infused with us for years on our national history and identity.” EURACTIV Poland reports.
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Deepening the EMU, but not at the expense of regions

Mon, 2017-12-11 05:20
In its package on deepening the EMU unveiled on 6 December, the Commission proposed to amend the Common Provisions Regulation. It's a piece of legislation that sets a single framework of rules for all the Structural and Investment Funds, whose main recipients are the European regions - write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.
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Tories sleepwalk towards soft Brexit

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:49
The UK government was deluded when it thought reaching a deal would be easy. It is deluded now in underestimating the concession it has made, writes Conor Quinn.
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The Brief, powered by Eni – Habemus sufficient progress

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:10
Habemus sufficient progress. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker spoke of “give and take” as they agreed the two sides had come close enough on the divorce bill, citizens’ rights and the Irish border to move talks on to the second phase.
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‘The Book Club: ‘Why Europe Fails’. New book by MEP Ramon Tremosa and Aleix Sarri

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:40
In an historical context, Europe is a colossal political success. Close-up, the picture, for many, looks starkly different.
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Council and Parliament agree on ‘flexible’ fishing limits for North Sea

Fri, 2017-12-08 14:47
EU member states and Norway reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament late on Thursday night (7 December) on fishing limits in the North Sea ahead of next week's Fisheries Council.
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Italy’s far-right attacks newspaper premises as ‘black wave’ continues

Fri, 2017-12-08 13:18
A group of far-right activists attacked Italy’s La Repubblica newsroom with smoke bombs on Wednesday (6 December), in the latest of a series of violent episodes by neo-fascist groups who say they are waging "a political war".
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Erasmus students want to see alcohol prevention in EU Youth Strategy

Fri, 2017-12-08 13:09
Programmes which focus on the prevention of excessive alcohol consumption should be considered in the next EU Youth Strategy, João Pinto, the president of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has said.
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EU, Japan reach finishing line on trade deal

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:38
After five years of talks, the EU and Japan have finalised negotiations on a comprehensive trade deal on Friday (8 December), leaving out investment protection for now.
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Brexit set to dominate UK politics for years ahead

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:28
In March, Michel Barnier told me he had offered the UK a two-year transition period after April 2019 in which Britain could trade freely without tariffs or duties, provided London accepted existing EU rules and laws on social protection, environment and rights of EU citizens. Denis MacShane explains.
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Danny McCoy on Ireland’s economy and the looming danger of Brexit

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:12
Fresh from consultations with Downing Street and Berlaymont, Danny McCoy of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation conveys his optimism about Ireland’s future and his view on why Brexit must be stopped.
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France to launch bottom-up consultation for European reform

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:03
Online consultation, then local debates: democratic assemblies for EU reform should be held from May to October 2018, ahead of the 2019 European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
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Trans-Europe Express: European hypocrisy on tax havens

Fri, 2017-12-08 10:59
EU national governments say harboring dodgy money is wrong - unless you’re European. After months of intense negotiations, the 28 EU finance ministers finally published their much-awaited blacklist of tax havens this week. And it landed like a damp squib.
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Energy Union vote opens EU Parliament rift

Fri, 2017-12-08 10:45
A partisan divide has emerged in the European Parliament over proposals to beef up the governance of the Energy Union, with conservative and centre-right lawmakers rejecting what they described as an “outdated”, “inflexible” approach supported by the Greens and left-wing parties.
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Drug pricing debate to take place in heated atmosphere

Fri, 2017-12-08 06:55
Following a Greek government request, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) will discuss on Friday (8 December) a recent dispute between Athens and ROCHE, a Swiss multinational company, over the latter’s decision to withdraw a cancer drug from the market.
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Brexit breakthrough as Commission says ‘sufficient progress’ made

Fri, 2017-12-08 06:38
Theresa May rushed to Brussels in the early hours of Friday morning (8 December), after the European Commission said all-night divorce talks had made “sufficient progress” to move on to the second phase of Brexit negotiations.
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Schulz calls for ‘United States of Europe’ as SPD agrees talks with Merkel

Fri, 2017-12-08 06:22
Germany's Social Democrats, the country's second strongest party, agreed Thursday (7 December) to kick off exploratory talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives that could lead to a new coalition government early next year.
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A European education area: How to make it work for Europe

Fri, 2017-12-08 06:13
In line with Emmanuel Macron's speech and discussions at the recent Social Summit in Gothenburg, let's puts education at the heart of a more social and prosperous Europe, argue Michael Gaebel and Thomas Jorgensen.
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