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27/09/2016

France and the UK as influential as Lithuania in the European Parliament


Global Europe 27-09-2016

France, Germany to table defence plan at Bratislava ministerial meeting

At the informal defence ministerial in Bratislava starting today (27 September) France and Germany will make the case for the EU’s most ambitious defence plan in almost two decades, aiming to persuade sceptical easterners and avoid a showdown with Britain over its military future outside the bloc.
Future EU 26-09-2016

Live: EU begins to talk life after UK

The negotiations haven't even started yet, with the now infamous Article 50 yet to be triggered by Theresa May's government. Things are starting to take shape and the news will come thick and fast. Follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments and talking points.
UK & Europe 26-09-2016

Preventing Brexit is still possible: Here’s how

The only realistic solution to avoid a UK exit from the European Union would be to go back to the British people after the conclusion of the UK-EU negotiations in 2019 and argue that they should have the final say on the deal, argues Fraser Cameron.

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Governments can play a role in innovation by formulating problems and linking people up so that innovators can come up with solutions, says Richard Miller.
UK & Europe 25-09-2016

Divided UK Labour struggles with Brexit, despite Corbyn's re-election

Distracted by a bitter leadership contest, Britain's main opposition Labour party has struggled to present a vision of Brexit to challenge the ruling Conservatives – and many fear the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn will do little to change this.
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

Source: New post-Brexit EU summit on 3 February in Malta

European Union leaders will meet in Malta in February to help prepare for a summit the following month in Rome aimed at revitalising a bloc without Britain, an EU source said today (23 September).
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

Commission calm in face of UK government's conflicting Brexit messages

The European Commission insisted Friday (23 September) it was patiently waiting for the UK government to trigger Article 50, in the face of a spate of mixed messages coming out of London about the shape of a Brexit deal, or even its own objectives.
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

UK may not need two years to get EU divorce deal, Boris Johnson says

Britain expects to start the divorce procedure to leave the European Union early next year and may not need two years to negotiate a deal, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said yesterday (22 September).
UK & Europe 23-09-2016

Bernie Sanders' brother to run for Cameron's old seat

The brother of Bernie Sanders, the defeated US democratic presidential candidate, is standing for election in the seat of former British prime minister David Cameron.
UK & Europe 22-09-2016

5,500 UK-based finance firms could lose EU 'passporting' rights

The 'passport' rights allowing 5,500 British-based financial firms to operate freely across the European single market are at stake in the fallout from Brexit, posing a 'significant' risk to the finance sector, the country's financial watchdog has revealed.
UK & Europe 21-09-2016

Switzerland: London watches EU talks on migration closely

Switzerland's future agreement on free movement with the EU, depending on the form it takes, could offer the United Kingdom a precedent to lean on in its own Brexit negotiations, writes Strafor.
UK & Europe 21-09-2016

In maiden UN speech, May says UK not turning away from the world

British Prime Minister Theresa May told leaders yesterday (20 September) that her country will not turn away from the world after the shock vote to leave the European Union, seeking to allay fears over the future unity of the West.


UK & Europe 21-09-2016

EU's Barnier builds Brexit negotiation team, plans European tour

Michel Barnier, the French politician who will lead EU negotiations with London on Britain's exit from the European Union, plans to tour member states once he takes office on 1 October, EU sources said yesterday (20 September).
Future EU 19-09-2016

Austria left disappointed by Bratislava

The 27 member states that attended the Bratislava summit all had different priorities. Austria seems to have left Slovakia without any real movement on any of theirs, as little has changed regarding Turkey’s membership bid and CETA. EurActiv Germany reports. One of the most interesting aspects of the summit was the changing political axes at …

UK & Europe 19-09-2016

Switzerland and EU head - politely - for the rocks

As all eyes focus on Brexit - where everything has changed but nothing has started - there is another proud European democracy which would like to shut its doors to immigrants but keep open the EU’s doors to its goods and services – Switzerland, writes Denis MacShane.
UK & Europe 19-09-2016

UK banks to lose EU 'passport' post-Brexit, warns ECB boss

Financial institutions based in Britain will lose so-called passporting rights allowing them to operate across the European Union unless post-Brexit Britain is at least part of the European Economic Area, ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann has said.
UK & Europe 16-09-2016

Tusk in Bratislava: Maybe the EU will be stronger after Brexit

The Bratislava summit, which ended on Friday (16 September), was supposed to focus on security and border control as well as other consensual issues following Britain's decision to leave the European Union.
UK & Europe 16-09-2016

Farage hands post-Brexit UKIP leadership to Diane James

Britain’s populist right-wing UKIP party on Friday (16 September) had its first female leader, as Diane James was elected to replace Nigel Farage.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would 'fan the flames of populism'

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EurActiv Germany.
UK & Europe 16-09-2016

Capital flight: The City will decline outside EU, and Britons will be the poorer for it

The effects of Brexit may not be felt immediately, but it spells the end of the City as we know it. The last 15 years will go down as London’s golden age and be sorely missed, writes Nicolas Véron.
Future EU 16-09-2016

Divided EU seeks unity after Brexit at Bratislava summit

EU leaders meet without Britain in Bratislava on Friday (16 September) to chart their post-Brexit future, focusing on defence cooperation and border security in a bid to heal deep divisions in particular over migration.
Future EU 15-09-2016

The future of the EU: An agenda

As Europe begins to think in earnest about life after the UK, the future of the EU remains very much obscured. In the week leading up to the Bratislava summit, a number of think tanks have outlined what they think the historic meeting will bring, concluding with Charles Powell.
UK & Europe 15-09-2016

Towards the post-Brexit relationship

EurActiv's live coverage of the new UK government beginning to deal with the country's exit from the EU unfolded like this...
Elections 15-09-2016

France and the UK as influential as Lithuania in the European Parliament

Germany, Italy and Poland have far more influence over EU legislation than France or the UK, which suffer from the lack of involvement of many of their MEPs. But three women preserve France’s dignity. EurActiv France reports.