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Nato needs a European 2%

Nato’s summit in Brussels yesterday, the first for US president Donald Trump, was intended as a fresh start, a chance for him to distance himself from previous comments in which he called Nato obsolete, and to reassure allies of the steadfastness of the ...

Trump at G7: Yes on Russia sanctions, not yet on climate

US president Donald Trump is to back existing sanctions on Russia, but is still making up his mind on a climate change pact, a senior aide said at the G7 summit in Italy. Gary Cohn, Trump’s economic adviser, shed light on the president’s thinking as the ...

Column / Brexit Briefing

Ukip's last electoral stand

There was finally something to play for when formal campaigning resumed on Friday (26 May) after three days of mourning for the victims of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. Opinion polls have suddenly narrowed. The Conservatives’ 20-point lead over ...

Tusk deplores 'too many leaks' in Brussels

Leaked comments by Donald Trump, from his meeting with the European Council and Commission leaders on Thursday (25 May), have again raised the question of who in Brussels gives too much sensitive information to the media. “I don’t want to be part of this ...

Investigation

Fight Club: Russische Spione suchen EU-Rekruten

Sicherheitsexperten warnen, dass russische Geheimdienste Kampfsportvereine nutzen, um potenzielle Unruhestifter in Deutschland und anderen EU-Ländern anzuwerben. Laut den Experten ist die Anzahl der Vereine höher als bisher bekannt und die "Schläferzellen" ...

EUobserved

Scramble for UK agencies paves way for Trumpian claims

Was it Donald Trump's visit that inspired Spain's health minister to be such a braggart this week? Like Trump, Dolors Montserrat came to Brussels this week. Her aim was to convince EU officials that Barcelona was "the best candidate" to host the London- ...

Opinion

Respecting human rights is good business

In October last year, the European Parliament adopted an urgent resolution on the case of human rights defender Andy Hall, who had authored a report on the plight of migrant workers in Thailand. Following the publication of his report, Hall had ...

Nato head defends 'blunt' US leader

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg defended US leader Donald Trump’s behaviour at Thursday’s (25 May) summit. The prime minister of Montenegro also apologised for him. They spoke after Trump declined to pledge allegiance to Article 5 of the Nato treaty on mutual ...

Trump calls Germans 'bad' but agrees EU trade plan

US president Donald Trump reportedly called Germans “bad, very bad” because of the US' trade deficit with Germany. His comments came even as the European Commission had said that the EU and US would work on a common trade plan. “The Germans are bad, very ...

Ticker

Malloch will not be US ambassador to the EU

Ted Malloch "is not under consideration for a position in the Trump administration," US officials told the Financial Times. The controversial US academic, who was involved in Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year, had been promoting himself as the ...

Ticker

'Significant' drop in EU migration to UK

The UK's net migration, the amount of people entering and leaving the country, recorded a "statistically significant" decrease in 2016, to an estimated +248,000, down 84,000 from 2015, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday. The main reason was ...

Ticker

Bomb injures former Greek PM

Former Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos was injured Thursday after opening a parcel bomb in his car in Athens. Authorities said his condition was "stable and not a cause for concern". Two others were also injured. The attack comes after several parcel ...

Trump lukewarm on Nato joint defence

US leader Donald Trump voiced half-hearted support for Nato and reprimanded allies over what he called unpaid debts in his big speech in Brussels on Thursday (25 May). “We will never forsake the friends who stood by our side”, he said by reference to Nato ...

Macron seeks 'more efficient, fairer' EU

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, made his debut on the international scene in Brussels on Thursday (25 May) vowing to "change a lot of things" in the world and calling for a "more efficient and fairer" EU. Ahead of a Nato summit, Macron met with ...

EU to Trump: Defend Western values, not your interests

The EU and the US should defend common Western values rather than their own interests, European Council president Donald Tusk said on Thursday (25 May) after meeting US president Donald Trump in Brussels. "What gives our cooperation and friendship its ...

Ticker

British PM to speak out on US terrorism leaks

British prime minister Theresa May is to urge US leader Donald Trump to protect British secrets after US officials leaked details of the Manchester attack to media earlier this week. "I will make clear to president Trump that intelligence that is shared ...

Ticker

Tusk calls for 'values, not just interests' after Trump meeting

"The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around values, not just interests," EU Council president Donald Tusk said after meeting US president Donald Trump together with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in ...

Nato to join Trump's anti-IS coalition

Nato will join a US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) in a non-combat role, its secretary general has said. Jens Stoltenberg also welcomed Montenegro as the next Nato member at a summit in Brussels on Thursday (25 May) and criticised Russia’s “ ...

Trump expected to make Nato pledge

Nato mutual defence and the fight against jihadist group Islamic State (IS) are expected to take centre stage as US leader Donald Trump meets Nato and EU allies in Brussels on Thursday (25 May). Trump, who is on his maiden voyage to Europe, mentioned the ...

Magazine

Car-sharing's promise of clean cities

Would you hand in your car, if you knew that public transport in your city could be completely overhauled and made more attractive? Imagine if you could order a shared taxi with your smartphone, which would bring you door-to-door to your destination, ...

Brexit transparency is 'political play', says EU watchdog

The promise by the EU to be as transparent as possible in the negotiations with the UK over its exit from the bloc is “political play”, said the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, at a press conference on Wednesday (24 May). She spoke two days after the ...

Le Pen's EU group in fresh spending scandal

Marine Le Pen's political group in the European Parliament, the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), may have misspent almost half a million euros of public taxpayers' money. A report by auditors at EY (formerly Ernst & Young), dated 19 May 2017 and seen ...

Focus

New EU right to data portability to cause headaches

As of 25 May 2018, EU citizens will have a new legal right that will help them switch digital services. It is called the right to data portability. The idea is that all personal data you provided to a certain service, for example posts on a social network ...

Opinion

Cyber threats are inevitable, paralyzing impact is not

Ten years ago, almost to the day, Estonia came under sustained cyberattacks, which targeted our banks, media and government. While the attacks themselves ultimately proved merely a nuisance, they raised global awareness of the vulnerabilities networked ...

Transparency complaints keep EU Ombudsman busy

Almost a third of complaints in cases closed by the European Ombudsman in 2016 were about transparency the Ombudsman said in its annual report, published on Wednesday (24 May). The Ombudsman closed 86 inquiries last year that were about transparency, such ...

EU sets out criteria for relocating UK agencies

EU countries bidding to host the bloc’s banking and drugs regulators after Brexit will have to submit their entries by 31 July. According to an 18-page document circulated among member states earlier this week, a decision will be made by October on which ...

EU states back bill against online hate speech

EU ministers on Tuesday (23 May) backed a bill that seeks to curb hate speech on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google's YouTube. The move follows wider concerns over online radicalisation and the incitement to commit terrorist acts. ...

Dutch coalition talks collapse again

A second attempt at a four-party coalition in the Netherlands has failed, just a week after the first attempt had also unravelled. The leaders of the pro-EU centrist D66 party and the mildly eurosceptic Christian Union announced on Tuesday (23 May) that ...

Ticker

Pressure grows on climate impact of EU timber harvesting

Forest management has become a hot issue ahead of an EU environment council meeting on 19 June, with France, Austria, Sweden and Finland fighting to water down EU carbon accounting rules and to allow countries to harvest more trees for bio-energy or toilet ...

Ticker

US goes after Fiat Chrysler over emissions cheat

The US government filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, alleging that nearly 104,000 Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees, from 2014 to 2016, had software that enabled them to cheat on emissions tests. Fiat Chrysler stock sank 4.1% ...