28th Feb 2024


EU launches legal action against UK over NI protocol

The European Commission launched on Wednesday a new infringement procedure against Britain after London proposed a bill unilaterally amending post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland earlier this week. The commission has argued that the move is a clear breach of international law. "Trust is built by adhering to international obligations. Acting unilaterally is not constructive. Violating international agreements is not acceptable," said EU commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič.

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Joined-up EU defence procurement on the horizon?

Disputes between member states, notably Germany, highlight the lack of coordination among national industrial capabilities for a European Defence Industrial Strategy — which may include the EU's first ever defence commissioner.

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