Tuesday

7th Jul 2020

Agenda

Brexit votes set for This WEEK

Brexit is set to dominate this week as the British parliament debates proposals to break the on-going negotiation deadlock with embattled prime minister Theresa May.

The Tuesday (29 January) debate will explore proposals to possibly delay the UK's exit day beyond the 29 March deadline or even hold a second referendum.

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The plans are part of intense in-fighting among British MPs over the direction of May's deal with the European Union, some of whom want to wrestle away the prime minister's power in the talks.

It also comes amid further questions on ways to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal scenario.

The British back-and-forth will be closely watched by an increasingly frustrated European Union.

Mini-plenary

Meanwhile, MEPs at the European Parliament will be holding a mini-plenary session in Brussels with the future of Europe and rule of law in Hungary as among some of the scheduled debates.

It is also set to hold a secret ballot on transparency on Thursday (31 January).

The secrecy bid was earlier proposed by the centre-right EPP in a move that has generated backlash from Transparency International, an NGO.

The vote is part of larger report on internal rules that includes, among other things, new ideas on the formation of European political groups.

The votes are preceded by a debate on the future of Europe with Juha Sipila, Finland's prime minister, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission.

Roma integration, gender balance, and the fight against fraud are also on order when the mini-session kicks off on Wednesday (30 January).

Ministers across Europe will also be in Brussels on Monday (28 January) to discuss reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy.

Aachen treaty and Brexit endgame This WEEK

Germany and France are set to reinforce their alliance as the engine-house of European integration, while Britain continues to struggle to leave the EU.

Budget talks shift gear This WEEK

European Council president Charles Michel is expected to present his compromise proposal on the EU's long-term budget and the recovery fund to national capitals in the second half of the week.

Germany's EU presidency launches This WEEK

Germany will take over the EU's rotating presidency for the next difficult six months, making two of the three EU institutions led by German politicians and officials. Poland will digest the results of the first round of its presidential election.

EU's virtual summit with China This WEEK

This week, the European Union and China are holding their first joint summit since April 2019. It comes amid the pandemic, which first surfaced in China's Wuhan, protests in Hong Kong and a belligerent US president.

Opinion

On toppling statues

The internationally-acclaimed author of King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild, writes on Belgium's problems with statues, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Feature

The 150 random French citizens advising Macron

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