Saturday

25th Mar 2017

Ticker

Turkey: Uzbek leader Karimov has died

Turkey has said that Uzbek president Islam Karimov has died, prior to any official Uzbek statement. "Uzbek President Islam Karimov has passed away", Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said on TV. The death risks destabilising central Asia's most populous and most militarised country in a succession contest, with implications for EU efforts to tap Caspian region energy supplies and to reduce dependence on Russia.

Rome summit tries to restart EU momentum

EU 27 leaders in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Rome, in bid to counter rising challenges after Brexit. But new ideas are scarce.

Column / Brexit Briefing

The Union under threat

The effect of Brexit will be much more profound on Northern Ireland than on Scotland. Some kind of border controls with Ireland seem inevitable.

Bulgaria's election test

Sunday's general elections will be a test for the country's relations with the EU, Russia, and Turkey, as well as for the political future of former leader Borisov.

'Mr Putin steps into French elections'

Putin treated France's anti-EU firebrand, Le Pen, as if she had already won the elections. "I have my own viewpoint ... identical to Russia's", she said.

SMEs lack support in EU financial plan

The European Commission's plan for a capital markets union is said to be aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, but many could end up being left out in the cold.

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