Thursday

5th May 2016

Visas, economy and Charlemagne Prize This WEEK

The EU commission will present its report on visa liberalisation for Turkey and its economic forecasts, and pope Francis will receive the most prestigious European award.

Feature

Renzi's chance to act like a grown-up

With other EU states busy on internal issues, the Italian PM sees a chance to push his vision of Europe. Friday's Papal visit by EU leaders will showcase the new Renzi.

EU recovery to slow this year

On just 1.8 percent growth, the commission's forecast is less optimistic than before because of an instable global economy and lack of results of EU reforms.

News in Brief

  1. EU parliament drivers forced to open doors and carry bags
  2. EU Commission proposes visa-free travel for Turkey
  3. Iceland in court for not respecting EU laws
  4. Sweden registers more asylum application withdrawals
  5. German Pegida leader convicted of inciting hatred
  6. ECB expected to stop printing €500 notes
  7. Spain dissolves parliament for 26 June election
  8. Germany to legalise cannabis for medicinal use
EU-Turkey migrant swap to begin next WEEK

Big week to see start of EU migrant returns to Turkey, sensitive talks in Poland on judicial reform, and a Dutch referendum on EU relations masquerading as a vote on Ukraine.

Refugees, asylum and data protection This WEEK

Another EU summit will try to agree on the plan proposed by Turkey to take refugees in exchange for more help, while the Commission will present its proposal to overhaul the asylum system.

LuxLeaks and TTIP on the agenda this WEEK

Antoine Deltour, who revealed details of Luxembourg's tax deals with multinational firms, goes on trial. Meanwhile, the TTIP trade deal enters its 13th round of negotiations.

EU to give first report on Turkey deal this WEEK

A month after the European Union and Turkey agreed on the details of a plan to stem the flow of migrants, the implementation of that plan will be discussed in the EU structures this week.

Panama and PNR on EU agenda This Week

Panama Papers revelations, that could topple the Maltese government, will be debated in the EP next week. Controversial legislation to share passenger name records will also be voted on.

Refugees, Spain and diesel on the agenda This WEEK

The EU's tentative efforts to address the refugee crisis will dominate the news, while the Spanish socialist leader Pedro Sanchez will try to get the parliament's approval to become prime minister.

Crunch time on UK This WEEK

Relations with Britain and migration are set to dominate next week as EU leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit.

EU awaits next step in UK talks this WEEK

A draft proposal answering British demands for EU reform is expected. At the EU Parliament plenary session, migration, Turkey, diesel car and data protection will be on the agenda.

Migration and bailouts on EU agenda This WEEK

Migration will still be top the agenda when home affairs ministers hold their first meeting this year. Manwhile the EU Court of Auditors will publish a report on the management of aid plans to countries in difficulty.

Poland steals EU spotlight This WEEK

EP to hold debate on Polish government's constitutional and media "coup". Dutch PM Rutte to outline views on migrant crisis, MEPs to also put together VW inquest team.

EU still in Paris' shadow This WEEK

Fellow euro states, at a ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday, are expected to disburse the next tranche in the Greek bailout.

Migration and Turkey top agenda This WEEK

EU leaders to hold two summits on migration as winter approaches, with a Turkey deal key to slowing arrivals. UK also expected to unveil wish list for EU reforms.

Juncker's first EU anniversary This WEEK

The asylum and refugee crisis continues to dominate this four-day WEEK as the European Commission marks its one-year anniversary under Jean-Claude Juncker.

Erdogan, a king, and 'Merkollande' This WEEK

The Turkish president, the king of Spain, and German and French leaders to visit EU institutions. EU Court to also rule on Facebook's handling of personal data.

Putin steals the show This WEEK

Prospects of an EU-US-Russia alliance against Islamic State (IS) and a peace deal on Ukraine take centre stage this week.

Greece, migration dominate this WEEK

The Greek bailout saga is set to reach a climax this week, as euro leaders and then all EU leaders gather for summits at the beginning and end of the week.

Greece and TTIP shape EU agenda this WEEK

The EU's week will kick off in Bavaria, southern Germany, over the weekend where the bloc's key leaders will gather for a meeting of the world's richest nations.

Migration plans and UK top the bill this WEEK

A week shortened by Monday's holiday will still be busy for EU lawmakers, dominated by the Mediterranean migration crisis and UK plans to renegotiate its EU status.