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News and Views on Europe — 28 February 2019
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News and Views on Europe — 28 February 2019

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The inaugural EU-Arab League Summit was held from the 24-25th Feb in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt with 49 countries including 24 EU member states attending. The leaders of the two blocs focused on finding common ground on regional security issues and economic relations; international migration was also one of the main themes. Theresa May met with EU leaders on the sidelines of the EU-Arab League Summit on Monday (24 Feb). Despite pressures from the EU, she refused the option of delaying Brexit. However, on Tuesday (26 Feb), after three Tory ministers threatened to quit if a no-deal is not prevented, May cleared the way for a possible Article 50 extension by making the commitment to hold three consecutive votes in Parliament. The US has been putting pressure on their transatlantic allies to take action on Chinese telecom companies. However, the European Union is not conforming to U.S. pressures and opted for the “Third way” approach by installing a series of midway network security measures. Opposition politicians in Italy on Friday (22 Feb) called for an explanation from Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister, about reports that his party secretly sought financing from Moscow. Salvani has since denied the allegations that his party was offered funding by Kremlin. The unity of EPP has recently been challenged over whether Viktor Orban’s Fidesz Party should be expelled from the group.

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