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14th Nov 2018

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Valentina Pop is a Romanian journalist, based in Brussels. She has worked as a Romania correspondent for The Economist and has been reporting for EUobserver since 2008.

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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.

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.

News in Brief

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  2. EU Commission to give verdict on Italy budget next week
  3. EU's Tusk is Poland's most trusted politician
  4. Finland prepares to step in for Romania on EU presidency
  5. Trump threatens tariffs on EU wine
  6. US defence chief backs Nato amid 'EU army' calls
  7. Italy defies EU deadline on changing budget
  8. Report: FBI looking into Brexiteers Farage and Banks

Merkel calls for 'real, true' EU army

Angela Merkel's much-anticipated speech to the European Parliament was brief and to the point. Her message: Europe is alone in the world, the EU should be more united on defence, but not on the economy.

Opinion

Macron's 'European army': why is everyone talking about it?

Few people commented on one key point in Macron's statement: he did not justify the idea of a European army by the need to intervene in Africa, which would have been France's traditional approach. Instead, he invoked the Russian threat,

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