Monday

20th Feb 2017

Ticker

UK softens opposition to EU defence union

UK foreign secretary Johnson said Monday in Brussels that EU military integration would be a "good thing" so long as it was "complementary" to Nato. He said EU countries should spend more on defence and "shoulder more responsibilities" in EU crisis missions. The UK had previously opposed EU defence cooperation. EU foreign affairs head Mogherini said Monday in Brussels that "all member states" now have "an expectation to go ahead".

Agenda

Pence, Greece and Brexit This WEEK

The US vice-president becomes the first senior Trump administration official to visit EU institutions. Greece's creditors try to break deadlock in talks, and British Lords will debate Brexit.

Analysis

Why Romania erupted in protest

Current anger over corruption laws can be traced back to a night-club fire in 2015, when many died because of lax safety standards. Romanians then realised that corruption can kill.

Opinion

The need for global cooperation in stopping Iran

Although Trump said he would tear up the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the new administration seems to want to work on a new policy toward Iran. Let's hope European leaders will respond in kind to this approach.

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