Saturday

23rd Sep 2017

Ticker

Bosnia takes baby step on EU road

EU states Tuesday in Brussels accepted Bosnia's membership application and "invited" the European Commission to "submit its opinion" on its eligibility to join. Bosnia had lagged behind other Balkan states and remains on edge over Bosnian Serb separatism. The commission process, which could take a year or more, will mark another step on the long road to accession. Bosnian PM Zvizdic called Tuesday's news "positive ... especially for young people".

Analysis

Merkel-Macron: An EU motor in the making

Merkel's re-election is expected to revive the Franco-German EU motor, but the German leader and France's new ruler are still searching for a common vision.

Hungary and Poland defy EU authority

Hungary and Poland have said they "don't want a mixed population", amid a tug-of-war with the Commission on migrants and rule of law.

Quiet showdown in Barcelona

Thousands of Catalans have taken to the streets, in protest against the Spanish government's efforts to prevent the independence referendum. Both sides know that violence would go against their cause.

News in Brief

  1. Dutch state appeals ban on taking air-polluting measures
  2. May proposes 2-year transition period after Brexit
  3. May to call on EU's 'sense of responsibility'
  4. Catalonia has 'contingency plans' for independence vote
  5. Last German polls confirm Merkel's lead
  6. EU to step up sanctions on North Korea
  7. Tusk calls 'euro summit' in December
  8. Report: May to seek two-year EU transition

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