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Yesterday โ€” March 22nd 2019EuObserver

[Focus] Italy takes China's new Silk Road to the heart of Europe

While Italy's government signs memorandum to join China's Belt and Road Initiative, its traditional allies in Europe and the US are worried about its implications.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 17:58

[Ticker] EU leaders at summit demand more effort on disinformation

EU heads of state and government at their summit in Brussels on Friday demanded more "enhanced coordinated efforts" to tackle disinformation ahead of elections. The issue had been broadly overshadowed by Brexit and other discussions on China. The leaders will revisit the topic again in June in the hope of developing a long term strategy.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 17:07

[Analysis] What EU leaders agreed on climate - and what they mean

At EU summit in Brussels, EU leaders said it was important that the EU create a long-term climate action strategy - but refrained from going into details.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 17:02

[Agenda] Copyright and (another) new Brexit vote This WEEK

The UK parliament will likely hold a third vote on the Brexit withdrawal deal next week, determining the UK's departure from the bloc. In the meantime, the controversial copyright reform will be on the EU parliament's agenda.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 15:18

[Ticker] Report: Corbyn to meet May on Monday for Brexit talks

The UK Labour opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he will meet prime minister Theresa May on Monday morning for 11th hour talks. In an interview with The Mirror Corbyn said: "We're the responsible party here. We're not running down the clock, we're looking for solutions". EU-27 leaders on Thursday offered to delay the date of Brexit - if British MPs approve Theresa May's deal next week in parliament.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 09:21

[Ticker] Petition against Brexit attracts 2.4m signatures

Over 2.4 million people have signed an online petition within its first 48 hours to stop Brexit and remain in the EU. The petition was uploaded Wednesday on the parliament's website and attracted so many signatures that it temporarily crashed. House of Commons officials say the high rate of sign ups for the petition is unprecedented.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 09:03

[Ticker] Study: Brexit to cost EU citizens up to โ‚ฌ40bn annually

Citizens in EU countries (excluding the UK) would have to bear income losses of €40bn per year with a hard Brexit while British citizens would lose €57bn per year (around €900 per capita), a study from the German Bertelsmann Stiftung has found. After the UK, Germany would suffer the most losing around €10bn per year, while the US and China could benefit from the British withdrawal.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 09:02

[Ticker] NGOs demand France halt Saudi arm sales

A dozen Yemeni and international NGOs on Thursday demanded France stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and help put an end to the war in Yemen. Amnesty International France said the country should follow Germany's example of stopping the sales. France is the third-largest weapons exporter to Saudi Arabia, after the United States and the UK.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 08:59

[Ticker] Report: Germany against EU net-zero emissions target

The German government is refusing to back a call for an EU-wide net-zero emissions target by 2050, according to a leaked document obtained by Unearthed, a media outlet funded by Greenpeace UK. The EU emissions target is set to be discussed by EU summit leaders in Brussels on Friday (22 March).

  • March 22nd 2019 at 08:58

EU avoids Brexit crash, sets new date for 12 April

12 April is the new deadline for the UK to decide how it wants to leave the EU. Revoking Article 50 and a long extension also remain on the table.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 07:53
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[Ticker] Former top EU official takes job at law firm

Former European Commission secretary-general Alexander Italianer has been hired by US law firm Arnold & Porter, the company announced on Thursday in a statement which said Italianer "brings extraordinary insight into the key issues facing today's global economy and an unparalleled knowledge of the workings of the European Commission". The firm specified Italianer's new job was in accordance with commission rules, which required Italianer to ask authorisation.

  • March 21st 2019 at 20:55

[Ticker] Draft text of EU summit has Brexit extension until 22 May

Draft conclusions of the EU summit in Brussels circulating online said that EU leaders are willing to agree to an extension of the Brexit deadline until 22 May, just ahead of the EU elections. "Given that the United Kingdom does not intend to hold elections to the European Parliament, no extension is possible beyond that date," the text said. The UK had asked for an extension until 30 June.

  • March 21st 2019 at 18:26

[EUobserved] Campaigning commissioners blur the lines

EU commissioners campaigning for a national post have to take a leave of absence - while those running for an EU job do not. This distinction undermines the effort to close the gap between EU and national politics.

  • March 21st 2019 at 17:52

Slovakia puts squeeze on free press ahead of election

Smer, Slovakia's ruling party, wants the country's media to give politicians a right-of-reply, or face stiff fines. Advocates of a free press are alarmed, and it poses a problem for the European Commission, whose vice-president is a Smer presidential candidate.

  • March 21st 2019 at 17:14

[Ticker] Juncker suggests emergency Brexit summit next week

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker explicitly stated there may have to be an emergency Brexit next week, as he arrived at Thursday's EU summit in Brussels. Commenting on the likelihood of British MPs voting down prime minister Theresa May's deal for a third time, ahead of the Brexit date of 29 March, Juncker said: "In the event of no-deal...we'll be back here next week".

  • March 21st 2019 at 15:27

[Ticker] Macron: Voting down May's deal means no-deal Brexit

French president Emmanuel Macron struck the strongest note yet of the consequences of British MPs not approving Theresa May's Brexit deal as he arrived at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Macron told reporters: "We can discuss and agree an extension - if it is a technical extension. In case of 'no' vote ... directly, it will guide everybody to a no-deal for sure. This is it".

  • March 21st 2019 at 15:08

[Ticker] Merkel warns days after summit could be vital

German chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the days after Thursday's EU summit could be vital to avoid a no-deal Brexit next week. Arriving in Brussels, she said the UK parliament may not approve British prime minister Theresa May's deal on a third vote. "In that situation we may also, day by day after the summit, decide what we can do". Merkel called the deal well-negotiated and warned options were limited.

  • March 21st 2019 at 15:02

[Ticker] EU court rules 44 Italian landfill sites illegal

The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled 44 Italian landfill sites to be in breach of the EU's landfill directive, which stipulates that waste must be treated before it is landfilled to not harm human health and the environment. If, despite the court's judgment, Italy still does not rectify the situation, the commission may refer the country back to the court for a second time proposing financial penalties.

  • March 21st 2019 at 11:34

[Ticker] Dutch anti-EU party surges in provincial vote

The Dutch anti-EU, anti-immigration party Forum for Democracy is expected to enter the 75-seat upper-house senate with 12 representatives, after provincial elections Wednesday. The three-year-old party, which began as think tank opposed to an EU-Ukraine treaty, is however unlikely to unseat the four-party centrist-centre-right coalition led by Liberal PM Mark Rutte, which lost its senate majority. Rutte will look to the Greens, Wednesday's other winner, or centre-left, for support.

  • March 21st 2019 at 09:18

[Ticker] EU fines Google โ‚ฌ1.49bn

The European Commission on Wednesday doled out a €1.49bn fine against Google over its market dominance in online search adverts and for imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. "This is illegal under EU anti-trust rules," said European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The fine is the third imposed upon the internet giant in two years.

  • March 21st 2019 at 09:10
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