The first round of the French Presidential elections (23 April) hoarded the headlines this week in Europe and Asia. As expected, Emmanuel Macron (an independent candidate, who got 24% of the votes) and Marine Le Pen (candidate of the far-right Front National, who got 21.3% of the votes) made it to the second round which will be held on 7 May. The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini ended her week of visits to China and India with a stopover in the Russian Federation (24 April). This was her first official visit to Moscow since she assumed office in 2014. With the launch of the EU-funded International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) in India on Wednesday (26 April), the EU aims to promote EU-India policy dialogue on sustainable urban development through city-to-city pairing cooperation. Click on the image to read more on these stories.
This week, we bring you stories about a surprise snap elections in the UK, Turkey’s referendum results and questions over EU membership bid, Indonesia and EU urged to strengthen education partnerships amidst trade frictions, as well as, EU diplomatic chief on trip to China, India and Russia. Click on the image to read more on these stories.
This week’s News and Views, we bring you stories about Hungary – domestic protests and external scrutiny, Tougher EU Border Checks cause chaos, Palm Oil – a thorny issue for EU-Indonesia relations?, Europe looks to Indonesia for model of peaceful Islam, and Brexit Woes and Opportunities. Click on the image to read more on these stories.
This week, we bring you stories about Gibraltar issues causing a rocky start for Brexit talks, Hungary’s illiberal policies raised concerns, Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Finland, and French President Francois Hollande visits Indonesia. Click on the image to read more on these stories.
Two historic events in Europe in the past few days dominated the media headlines. On 25 March, 27 leaders of the European Union gathered in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome. The other landmark event concerned Britain’s formal notification of its intention to leave the EU on 29 March. At an event on Tuesday (28 March) organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Region, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen reminded the Visegrád countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) that the solidarity they expect from the EU’s cohesion policy also applies to the refugee crisis. Indonesia this week filed a complaint at the WTO against the EU’s anti-dumping duties on Indonesian palm oil. Click on the image to read more on this week’s News and Views.
Tomorrow (25 Mar) marks an important milestone for the EU: the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome. As the first elections in a string of important elections in Europe this year, the Dutch general election held on 15 Mar was followed closely by the press. Brexit negotiations look set to start with the British Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will trigger Article 50 on 29 Mar. The much anticipated meeting between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump in Washington (17 Mar) was widely described as icy, exposing differences in areas of trade, migration and military spending. The Trump-Merkel meeting stood in contrast with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s trip to Europe. The European Research Council (ERC) celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday (20 Mar). Click on the image to read more on this week’s News and Views.
News on the Dutch elections and the spat between The Netherlands and Turkey in the run-up to the elections dominated the headlines in several European newspapers this week. In news and views on Europe, we bring you news about the 2017 Dutch Elections, tensions rise between Turkey and EU member states over political rallies, ECJ ruling on Islamic headscarf ban at workplace, British Parliament passes the Brexit Bill while Scotland seeks second Independence Referendum, China supports a united EU while playing down the risk of Brexit, as well as Trump’s foreign policy is dividing Europe. Click on the image to read more about these stories.
This week, we bring you stories on the different scenarios of the future of Europe following the release of the European Commission’s White Paper, strengthening defence and security cooperation in the EU, hardening of the EU’s stance in dealing with refugees and asylum seekers, as well as about the releasing of report on China’s “Made in China 2025″ strategy by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. Click on the image to read more about these stories.
Issues on Brexit and the future of the EU continued to attract media attention. This week, we bring you stories about Post-Brexit scenarios and developments on an EU- and UK-level, four EU states’ parliaments call for creation of Federal Union of States, warnings on how Brexit might impact the financial contributions of other members and the rights of EU citizens in the UK, as well as London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse merger on the brink of failure. Click on the image to read more about these stories.
This week, we bring you stories about Mike Pence’s visit to Europe – a strong message of shared commitment and solidarity, Brexit At What Cost?, the EU pushes for closer economic ties with Asia, as well as Elections in post-truth Europe. Click on the image to read more about these stories.