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EU stays calm as two top UK ministers quit

Euobserver.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 17:57
EU officials said Brexit negotiations will not be affected by the resignations of the foreign secretary and Brexit secretary. European Council president Tusk noted that "unfortunately the idea of Brexit hasn't left" with David Davis or Boris Johnson.
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The Brief – This week everything is possible

Euractiv.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:38
A terrible week ahead of us will keep Europeans on their toes.
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Boris Johnson resigns as Brexiteers start to tumble

Euractiv.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:30
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit his post on Monday (9 July), following the earlier resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, putting the government in a tight spot with less than nine months left to complete the complex Brexit negotiations.
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[Ticker] UK foreign secretary resigns, triggering political crisis

Euobserver.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:27
British foreign secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday (9 July), hours after the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis, in a severe blow to prime minister Theresa May's fragile government. Johnson is the third minister to resign in 24 hours, as Davis's deputy also quit. Johnson's departure puts May's ability to continue into question - just three days after the cabinet agreed her Brexit plan last Friday.
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Romania’s president removes chief anti-corruption prosecutor

Euractiv.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:17
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis sacked chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruța Kövesi today (9 July) to honor a constitutional court ruling which Kövesi said may leave prosecutors exposed to political interference. Kovesi has led the DNA anti-corruption agency since 2013 and,...
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European Parliament wants to put an end to the solidarity offence in Europe

Euractiv.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 14:31
Only eight EU member states have banned the solidarity offence from their national laws. This offence is often used to prosecute citizens and organisations assisting migrants. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Agenda - The Week Ahead 09 – 15 July 2018

European Parliament - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 14:06
Committee meetings, Brussels

Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP
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Le futur partenariat de l’Union européenne avec les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique [International Agreements in Progress]

Written by Eric Pichon,

© European Union, EPRS

L’accord de partenariat entre l’Union européenne et les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) expire en 2020. Le principal défi pour l’Union européenne est de maintenir ses relations dans la région, tout en restant fidèle aux valeurs promues dans les Traités européens. La renégociation de cet Accord de Cotonou offre l’opportunité de rationaliser les relations entre les pays ACP et l’Union, en tenant compte des objectifs de développement durable des Nations unies, des nouvelles stratégies européennes dans les régions concernées, des nouvelles ambitions des pays ACP et de l’évolution de l’équilibre des pouvoirs au niveau mondial. La question du financement est également sur la table.

Favoriser la prospérité, la stabilité et la démocratie chez les partenaires de l’UE permettrait, selon la Commission européenne et le Service européen pour l’action extérieure, de mieux faire face aux causes profondes de la migration irrégulière et des déplacements forcés.

La Commission européenne a présenté au Conseil son option privilégiée : un accord-cadre complété par des partenariats spécifiques avec les trois sous-régions. Le groupe ACP a adopté son mandat de négociation en mai 2018. Les négociations formelles devraient commencer à la fin de l’été 2018.

Négociations concernant un nouvel accord de partenariat UE-ACP Committee responsible: Développement (DEVE) 2018/2634 (RSP) Rapporteur: Linda McAvan (S&D)

Read the complete briefing on ‘Le futur partenariat de l’Union européenne avec les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique‘ on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

Click to view slideshow.
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[Analysis] Will Austria's presidency give EU a populist push?

Euobserver.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:58
As Sebastian Kurz's government takes over the helm of EU-policy making for the next six months, Austrian MEPs from opposing sides weigh in on the EU's youngest prime minister's possible influence on the continent's future.
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Fraser Cameron: I don’t think the EU is hostile to New Silk Road

Euractiv.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:07
As long as the principles of the OECD, the World Bank and the IMF on transparency, public procurement and sustainable development are observed, the European Union is not hostile to China's New Silk Road project, Fraser Cameron told EURACTIV.
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[Ticker] EU: 'no comment' on Davis resignation

Euobserver.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:30
The European Commission has "no specific comment" to make about the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis. Its spokesman said the EU "will continue to negotiate 'bona fide' with prime minister Theresa May and the UK government." Ahead of the publication of a white paper on future relationships by the UK this week, the commission "welcomes the fact that the UK government is having an in-depth discussion on futures projects."
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Genuine cigarettes smuggling from Algeria gives Brussels another headache

Euractiv.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:26
The increasing flow of genuine cigarettes from Algeria into Europe is giving politicians a fresh headache.
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[Ticker] EU-Japan summit postponed due to floods

Euobserver.com - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:18
The EU-Japan summit due on Wednesday in Brussels to sign a free trade agreement will take place next week in Tokyo, the European Commission announced on Monday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his trip to Europe after mass flooding left at least 100 people dead in Japan in recent days.
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Debate: Trade war between US and China

Eurotopics.net - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:18
Last week the US imposed billions of dollars in punitive tariffs on Chinese goods and China retaliated with similar measures. No one will emerge victorious from this war, commentators predict, and call for an overhaul of the entire global trade system.
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Debate: May pushes through plan for soft Brexit

Eurotopics.net - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:18
The British cabinet has agreed on a plan for the Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May may achieve her goal of pushing through a free trade zone with the EU. Brexit secretary David Davis, a proponent of a hard Brexit, has resigned. Some journalists find the government's soft Brexit approach outrageous. Others believe the final word hasn't been spoken yet.
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