Monday

27th Mar 2017

Ticker

Merkel slips to second in German polls

Germany's social democrats have overtaken Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition parties in opinion polls, 31 percent to 30 percent, according to a new Insa survey published by daily Die Welt. A poll last week had Merkel's parties ahead by 35 percent to 26 percent for the social democrats, a five-year high for them. Former European Parliament president Martin Schulz is spearheading the social democrats' election campaign.

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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