Tuesday

23rd May 2017

Ticker

Italy to set referendum date

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi told Rai television on Thursday that his cabinet will, on 26 September, set the date for a referendum on his government's constitutional reform, limiting the powers of the Senate and making it easier to pass legislation. Renzi has earlier threatened that he would resign as prime minister if he loses the referendum, prompting elections that could see the anti-euro Five Star party take power.

Letter

An open letter to ministers on the audiovisual directive

The ongoing revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive is a key opportunity to reduce exposure of Europe's children to advertisements of health-harmful products – an opportunity that should not be missed.

EU gives mandate for Barnier to take on Brexit

In its final preparatory act before Brexit talks begin, the EU has officially given the negotiating mandate to Michel Barnier. The French politician said he would like to start negotiations on the week of 19 June.

EU wary over Ukrainian weapons in South Sudan

Ukraine, which had signed an EU arms embargo on South Sudan, has since sold attack helicopters used by the government forces in Juba against civilians and hospitals.

Agenda

Trump descends into 'hellhole' This WEEK

Trump, Erdogan, and Macron will all meet in Brussels this week among other Nato leaders, as the US president makes his debut in the European Union.

Portugal held up as symbol of EU recovery

Portugal to sail out of troubled waters after eight years of financial crisis, EU commission predicted, amid broad but "fragile" recovery in European economy.

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