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The origin of Juncker’s doubts is that Romania’s government has been rocked of fights within one of the ruling parties, the Social Democratic Party, the resignation of the country’s EU minister, and of backsliding in the fight against corruption

Juncker calls Romania unable to lead the Council of the EU

In an interview in the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed blunt and unprecedented negative comments on the next EU Presidency, Romania

May’s deal keeps the UK aligned to the EU but with no jurisdiction of EU courts.  Of course, it will not have the full benefits of a customs union, but neither it will have the same obligations.  It allows the UK to have its independent immigration policy. Regarding the Irish question, the backstop will give the UK frictionless trade possibilities inside the customs union, without contributing to the EU budget

Britain becomes an EU colony?

The dust has a bit settled on Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU. It looks like that more people took the chance to read more of it and to compare it, for instance, with a no-deal that no one knows what exactly will mean

The Commission has raised concerns that the expanding US economy will suck in more imports, widening the country’s trade deficit and prompting fresh tariff increases. But be not be surprised if the US administration is not impressed by such a comment from ‘Brussels’

The weakening economy in the Eurozone and Brexit still to come...

The European Commission delivered last week the message that the Eurozone economy is shrinking seriously over the next years

The end of the Merkel era

The day ECB President Mario Draghi had to announce that Eurozone growth is at its slowest pace for more than four years, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel told the world that she will step down as President of her party, the German Christian-Democrats CDU

The hard Brexit is no longer far away

Don’t blame the Britons for the hard Brexit appearing on the horizon

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