22-02-2017

The Brief: Britain is not ready to take back control of its borders

Taking back control of Britain’s borders is not going to be as simple as painting a slogan on the side of a big, red bus.

Economy & Jobs 22-02-2017

EU says Germany should do more to help economy

Europe's top economy Germany should help its EU partners out, the European Commission said on Wednesday (22 February), after the Trump administration attacked Berlin for using the bloc to boost exports unfairly.

Gabriel D'Arcy, CEO of the LacPatrick dairy cooperative, said Ireland's agricultural industry will be the "eye of the storm" in Brexit negotiations.
Agrifood 22-02-2017

Ireland scrambles to shield agriculture from Brexit threat

The Irish government is scrambling to protect its agriculture industry, which exports almost half its goods to the UK, from the threat of Brexit.

Italy slapped with air pollution lawsuit

ClientEarth launched legal action against Lombardy, Italy’s most polluted region, today (22 February). The NGO says this could be the first of several Italian suits.

Future EU 22-02-2017

Brexit border talks doomed to fail, warns Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams, leader of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, told EURACTIV that any customs posts set up at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would mark a return to a hard border 12 years after military checkpoints disappeared between the two countries.

Africa 22-02-2017

Attacks on UK aid budget are ‘fake news’, says Miliband

The President of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, has condemned British media attacks on the UK’s aid budget as “fake news”.

Austrian extradition could spell trouble for Trump

An Austrian court on Tuesday (22 February) approved the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the US request was politically motivated.

Health 22-02-2017

Greek pharma boss: Patients are punished when innovation is penalised

Patients are “punished” due to a lack of innovation-driven structural reforms in a crisis-hit public health system, the head of the Greek pharma industry said in an interview with Euractiv Greece.

Poland has last word in rule of law dispute

Poland considers its dispute with the European Commission about the country's rule of law closed, its foreign minister said yesterday (21 February), leaving Brussels with the impossible decision of punishing Warsaw.

Politics 22-02-2017

Brexit minister: London won’t bribe Eastern Europe to get a better deal

Britain's "Brexit" minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels.

Elections 22-02-2017

Leftist French lawmakers take CETA to Constitutional Council

More than 100 French MPs decided yesterday (21 February) to appeal to the country's Constitutional Council to block a contentious free trade deal between the European Union and Canada.

Elections 22-02-2017

Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti over headscarf

French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday (21 February) with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.

Elections 22-02-2017

Leftist rival to challenge Renzi as leader of Italy’s ruling party

Michele Emiliano, the leftist president of the southern region of Puglia, said on Tuesday he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), which faces a damaging split.

Elections 22-02-2017

In London, Macron vows to stand up for EU

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (21 February) not to expect any favours from the European Union during Brexit talks, and drew big cheers for his pro-EU message from French nationals in London.

Economy & Jobs 22-02-2017

EU to say French economy out of balance, Germany surplus too high

The European Commission will tell France on Wednesday (22 February) its economy is improving but still has excessive imbalances, while chiding Germany over its current account surplus and warning Italy it must reduce its rising public debt, an EU official said.

Politics 22-02-2017

Germany proposes EU rules making migrant deportations easier

German officials have proposed that the European Union relax some human rights safeguards so that more asylum seekers can be deported while awaiting the outcome of their cases, according to a working paper seen by Reuters.