Monday

23rd Oct 2017

Ticker

China beats US to become EU's top trade partner

The Chinese trade ministry has reported that EU-China trade in July surpassed EU-US trade by €800 million to reach €35.6 billion, temporarily making China the union's top trade partner. EU trade commissioner De Gucht on Friday complained that EU firms have little access to China's government procurement market.

Catalan MPs weigh independence declaration

A crucial week is ahead in Catalonia as its leaders decide whether to declare independence - an illegal move according to the Spanish government – or yield to pressure from Madrid.

Italian regions demand autonomy from Rome

The Lombardy and Veneto regions in northern Italy are seeking greater self-determination from the central government following referendum results on Sunday.

Investigation

The mysterious German behind Orban's Russian deals

Klaus Mangold, a German businessman with good connections in Russia, and who provided a jet for Commission vice-president Guenther Oettinger, played a crucial role in Hungary's controversial Paks nuclear deal with Russia, Direkt36's investigation has found.

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