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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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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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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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Brexit offers chance for UK to change its world role

  • UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox yesterday concluded a three-day trip to Beijing and Shenzhen to boost bilateral economic ties with China. The visit, which came hot on the heels of last month’s UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue summit, underlined the emphasis London is putting on...
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Flexibility vital as Brexit talks enter third phase in 2018

  • The United Kingdom will soon begin formal negotiations on a Brexit transition period for when it is scheduled to leave the EU in 2019, before turning this spring to trying to secure a final exit deal framework for the 2020s and beyond. These milestones herald the start of the third, historic...
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Europe’s growing ties with the Arab world

  • Growing dialogue between Europe and the Arab world has been a feature of 2017. This reflects the increasing importance and interdependence of the two geographies — from political, security and economic perspectives....
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Europe faces big choices after a year of ups and downs

  • The delay in forming a government in Germany will not hinder the effectiveness of the EU in 2018, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said last week. As 2017 comes to an end, Brussels is in a bullish mood after an extraordinary 12 months in which sentiment about its future has ebbed...
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Why Europe has differences over Brexit

  • European Council President Donald Tusk announced on Friday that the EU has agreed a deal on the first phase of Brexit divorce talks with the UK. The negotiations, which will move in 2018 into the new round, focused on the future UK-EU relationship, have been noteworthy for the relative discipline...
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Big Brexit day in Brussels for May

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Monday in what could be a “make-or-break” session. With the December Brexit deadlines set by the EU-27 now dominating UK politics, May is seeking desperately to break the negotiating logjam...
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Despite German setback, EU has new spring in its step

  • European leaders met on Friday at a key summit of presidents and prime ministers. While the collapse of German coalition talks, Brexit and Catalan political unrest in Spain formed the backdrop to the meeting, EU politicians have a new spring in their step as the overall political and economic...
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