Thursday

27th Feb 2020

News in Brief

  1. Surge in Latin American asylum seekers to EU
  2. EU optimistic on US trade
  3. Danish MEP worried about coronavirus in EU parliament
  4. Report: Uber and Lyft pollute more than trips they displace
  5. Budget: Merkel blames Rutte's 'childish behaviour'
  6. Parliament to staff: stay home if travelled to corona areas
  7. Ex-minister Roettgen seeks German CDU leadership
  8. Commissioner Kyriakides to meet Italy's health minister

Greek island riots require measured response, says EU

Residents on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios have been met with riot police, following protests against plans to erect new migrant detention camps. The European Commission says measures by Athens' authorities must be "necessary and proportionate."

Agenda

Africa visit and EU parliament missions This WEEK

The European Commission will visit the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for a joint meeting with the African Union, ahead of the EU-Africa strategy being unveiled. MEPs will carry out missions in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the US.

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Interview

France and Germany moving towards closer political union

"You will be surprised in the autumn by the degree of movement that will have taken place in some member states," says Thomas Wieser, one of the economists preparing plans for banking union ahead of the October EU summit.

The European Central Bank: a hamstrung firefighter

The European Central Bank is an important firefighter in the euro-crisis. But increasingly divergent eurozone economies are limiting the effects of its policies and democratic scrutiny remains an issue.

Big banks: From Greek bailout to Hamlet's castle

A lobby for the world's biggest banks - the International Institute of Finance - became a key EU player when it negotiated the debt cut on Greece's second bailout. Its world of rented castles and sopranos shows losses were bearable.