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A “one-size-fits-all-sectors” trade agreement is less straightforward as Mr Barnier suggested. In earlier trade agreements, the EU adopted provisions on financial services. The EU-Canada CETA deal has an investment chapter. A 2016 European Parliament Report explicitly lauded the CETA for being the first modern trade agreement to dedicate a special chapter to this subject.

A specific Brexit finance deal benefits the EU

By not embracing the UK financial sector in a future trade deal, the EU might chase global capital markets away from Europe. The idea that Europe will win by keeping London at arm’s length is naïve at best, writes Georges Ugeux

India is one of the developing countries which has made greats strides to decarbonising its economy. Solar power has also grown by 200 percent in just two years, adding 8 gigawatts with much more in the pipeline. Overall, the Indian Government aims to triple the amount of renewable energy capacity over the next four years alone.

Macron pledges 700 million euros to fund solar projects worldwide

President Emmanuel Macron has said France will greatly increase the amount of funding it provides to solar power projects in developing countries by 2022

The disruptive effects of national elections on EU unity are generally seen as an unavoidable part of democracy in Europe; regrettable but inevitable. No one would dispute that, but do they have to be scattered across the political calendar? Is it so difficult to agree on the same five-year term for member states’ parliaments?

Why all Europe’s elections should be on the same day

Here's a sharp knife to cut through the tangled knot of Europe's politics ‒ let's hold all national parliamentary elections on the same day as voting for the European Parliament

May’s idea of a Customs Partnership, to avoid a hard border in Ireland, seemed like a smuggler’s charter, however. She envisages that the UK would have different rates of tariffs on goods entering the UK to the tariffs charged on goods entering the EU. She then suggests that the UK would charge the UK tariff on goods “intended” for the UK, and a different EU tariff on goods passing through the UK but “intended” for an EU country, most likely Ireland.

Will Theresa May’s five tests for Brexit do more harm than good?

Watching Theresa May’s speech at the Mansion House on 2 March, one thing seemed clear: the United Kingdom is putting itself, as well as all the other European Union member states, to a lot of trouble, so that it can leave the EU and then simultaneously re-join the block in selected areas

The leaders of both parties, Luigi di Maio for the 5Stars and Matteo Salvini for the smaller Lega, have already staked their claim to become prime minister. Salvini presenting himself as the candidate for the centre-right alliance that includes Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and two smaller groups with a combined result of 267 seats in the Chamber and 135 seats in the Senate.

After Italy: Dealing with the Populist Menace in Europe

To advance their prospects of finding partners, both 5Star and Lega have ditched the most dangerous part of their erstwhile agenda. But significant risks remain


Ukraine’s agricultural subsidies under scrutiny

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 07, 2018

From Berlin to Rome: Europe’s Latest Headache

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 06, 2018

German Politics: The Limbo is over

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Renzi quits, populists battle to govern Italy

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Ukraine and the EU: So Close and Yet So Far

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The fundamental role of UHCC in European growth and prosperity

By: EBR | Monday, March 05, 2018

What the EU must do to be loved and admired

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 27, 2018

European politicians got millions to lobby for pro-Russian government in Ukraine

By: EBR | Monday, February 26, 2018

The state of research and innovation in Europe in 7 charts

By: EBR | Friday, February 23, 2018

European Ombudsman: Juncker Commission has improved transparency

By: EBR | Thursday, February 22, 2018

Post-2020 EU budget reform must match EU’s future ambitions

By: EBR | Thursday, February 22, 2018

Will ECJ blow EU-Morocco fisheries deal?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brussels must bite the bullet on a common EU migration policy

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 13, 2018

EU commission study concludes that future EU-Morocco fisheries agreement is ”vitally important”

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Security Union: Commission follows up on terrorist radicalisation

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Europe is no antidote to Italy’s populism problem

By: EBR | Monday, February 05, 2018

European Commission launches the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

By: EBR | Friday, February 02, 2018

Germany’s Refugee Inflow: All Under Control Now?

By: EBR | Friday, February 02, 2018

How to save the generation Europe left behind

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Let’s end our pygmy politics so we can have a proper EU foreign policy

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Anastasiades faces tight run-off against communist-backed candidate

By: EBR | Monday, January 29, 2018

EU concerned about rights abuses in Romania

By: EBR | Thursday, January 25, 2018

EU elections 2019: MEPs pave way for pan-European constituency post Brexit

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2018

International media freedom delegation in Croatia: some improvements, old and new issues

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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