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A crucial week in the fight against global warming

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meets this week in France to mark the 30th anniversary of its creation. This body, under the auspices of the UN, is preparing what is likely to be the single biggest agenda-setting, climate science report of the year....
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How Brexit talks nearly foundered on the Rock

  • The European Council summit of presidents and prime ministers on Friday confirmed the Brexit transition deal agreed last Monday between the UK and EU-27. This accord, which will come into play when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, was finally agreed after Spain threatened to veto it over...
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EU’s eastern challenges highlighted by Hungary election

  • Hungary is preparing for a landmark election on Sunday that is expected to see euroskeptic, illiberal Prime Minister Viktor Orban returned to power for a fourth term. While challenges to Brussels are often seen through the prism of Western European states, Orban’s re-election is significant...
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What May must do to keep fringe at bay

  • Thursday’s UK local elections results revealed a mixed picture for Prime Minister Theresa May, who is now entering a critical political period with final-stage Brexit negotiations imminent. The opposition Labour Party had its best success since the early 1970s in London, making n...
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Two years after Brexit vote, EU remains on the back foot

  • Saturday marks the second anniversary of the landmark Brexit referendum, which sent political and economic shockwaves around the world. Two years later, with the exit process having consumed a massive amount of time in both London and Brussels, the EU remains on the back foot. It is in this co...
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US ‘foes’ EU and China a have chance to lead the way on climate change

  • Beijing this week hosted the 20th annual China-EU political and business summit. This landmark event provided a timely, important opportunity for the two powers to develop a more unified front on a range of issues over which they are in dispute with the Donald Trump team, from trade to climate ...
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Why Scots nationalists should be careful what they wish for

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan was described as dead on arrival last week by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. While departure from the EU was the backdrop to the Edinburgh meeting, Sturgeon’s mind is at least as much focused on the political positioning that will best enabl...
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Italy debt is EU’s major concern following Greek landmark

  • This week saw the political milestone event of Greece officially completing an eight-year bailout program following an economic collapse on the scale of the Great Depression. Yet, important as this moment could be for Athens and the EU at large, several European nations — including G-...
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Just when Europe thought the worst was over …

  • European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker will give his annual state-of-the-union address on Tuesday, with the continent facing a choppy autumn. Storm clouds are gathering again, not only from the Brexit talks but also Italy’s euroskeptic coalition government and the populist surge in E...
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UN General Assembly could be a moment of truth for the Trump administration

  • Donald Trump will make his second address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. There will be 140 other world leaders in attendance but the US president is likely to steal the show again, despite the growing disgruntlement with him at the supranational body. The reason why most eyes are likel...
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