Friday

23rd Feb 2018

Ticker

Estonia fails to elect new president

The Estonian parliament failed on Tuesday to elect a new president as none of the candidates received the 68 votes necessary. Former EU commissioner Siim Kallas came closest with 45 votes followed by Mailis Reps, deputy chairman of the opposition Centre Party, with 32 votes. A special 335-strong electoral college will now be convened to elect the new president on 24 September by a simple majority vote.

Agenda

Election fever picks up This WEEK

Italian general elections, a German coalition in the balance, and the European parliament fighting to get a voice in nominating an EU commission president. This and much more in a week packed with intrigue.

Opinion

EU-Morocco fishing deal casts doubt on EU future foreign policy

Not extending the EU fisheries deal with Morocco to fish off the disputed coast of Western Sahara could deprive the Sahrawi people of much-needed income - and throw into question future EU foreign policy in the name of human rights.

The key budget issues on EU leaders' table

As EU leaders gather on Friday to start discussing the future of the EU's spending after the UK leaves, major battle lines are already emerging among member states. Here is a look at the key issues.

News in Brief

  1. UK's post-Brexit vision is 'pure illusion', Tusk says
  2. EU leaders express solidarity with Cyprus in Turkey drill row
  3. EU to double funding for Sahel forces
  4. EU parliament president: 'The immigration problem is Africa'
  5. May to unveil EU departure strategy next week
  6. Pregnant workers may be dismissed, EU court rules
  7. Romanian minister demands anti-corruption prosecutor fired
  8. Luxembourg and Ireland pay highest minimum wages

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Latest News

  1. Regions chief: calls for smaller EU budget are 'impossible'
  2. Election fever picks up This WEEK
  3. EU-Morocco fishing deal casts doubt on EU future foreign policy
  4. EU leaders put 'Spitzenkandidat' on summit menu
  5. European far-right political party risks collapse
  6. The key budget issues on EU leaders' table
  7. EU leaders to kick off post-Brexit budget debate
  8. Greek government's steady steps to exit bailout programme