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Ukip vs “The Hof”: Why Italy’s Five Star Movement was rejected by EU liberals

The attempt by the liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to form a controversial alliance with the populist Italian movement has failed, giving Ukip cause for celebration. Advertisements

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tusk: EU powerless to stop Aleppo carnage

A downbeat Donald Tusk last night (15 December) admitted that the European Union was powerless to stop Russian-backed bloodshed in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The European Council President said, … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theresa May might look lonely, but cracks are showing in the EU’s united front

It has taken just under six months but power tussles over Brexit plans are exposing splits among the Brussels bigwigs.

December 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Verhofstadt threatens separate Brexit talks between EU Parliament and UK

European Parliament Brexit boss Guy Verhofstadt today (14 December) threatened to open up separate negotiations with the British, unless EU leaders meet his demand to be included in the UK-EU … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Who is the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier?

The former French foreign minister has shown signs that he will play hardball in negotiations.

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

EU Brexit boss sets October 2018 deadline for end of UK divorce talks

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator today (6 December) set an October 2018 deadline for the end of divorce talks with the UK, shortening the time for EU-British negotiations by … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Luxembourg ‘made 172 secret tax deals’ with companies in year after LuxLeaks

Luxembourg struck 172 secret tax deals in the year after the LuxLeaks scandal first exposed the prevalence of agreements made between the government and multinational corporations, new research published today … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

What Brussels can learn from the Italian referendum

Matteo Renzi’s proposed reforms would have made it easier for eurosceptic forces within Italy to gain power in upcoming elections in 2018.

December 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Moscovici: Trump’s US could be tax haven blacklisted

EXCLUSIVE / The EU’s tax haven blacklist is taking shape, as the European Commission uses the momentum generated by the LuxLeaks and Panama Papers scandals. Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici did not … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trump can kill UN climate deal, warns EU carbon market chief

EXCLUSIVE/ The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is a “real and imminent threat” to the fight against climate change, and “completely upends every single element” … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

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