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Europe: Facing Spillovers From Trade and Manufacturing

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

As in the rest of the world, European trade and manufacturing have weakened. There are some signs that this slowdown is spreading into the rest of the economy. While services and consumption have remained relatively resilient in line with strong labor markets, investment is starting to lose steam. These developments have slowed economic activity in […]

Eurobarometer Survey: Majority of EU Citizens Positive about International Trade

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The results of a special Eurobarometer survey published today by the European Commission show that 60% of Europeans feel that they personally benefit from international trade, 16 percentage points more than 10 years ago at the time of the previous poll. The survey also revealed that 71% of respondents believe that the EU is more […]

EU launches legal action after UK fails to nominate commission candidate

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

British taxpayers face paying out for a large fine after the EU launched a legal action against Boris Johnson’s government over his failure to abide by the law and nominate a candidate for the new European commission. Despite knowing for weeks that the UK would remain in the EU beyond 31 October, when a new […]

The EU Steps Up its Cooperation with the U.S. Climate Alliance

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Climate change induced natural disasters are growing in frequency and intensity. Social and economic impacts are already being felt across the globe today. Thus, increasing resilience and adapting to the worst effects of climate change is a critical priority for both the European Union (EU) and the U.S. Climate Alliance, which can also bring world […]

A ‘Brexit’ General Election kicks off in the UK

Monday, November 11th, 2019

On Tuesday afternoon the European Council President urged the United Kingdom to ‘please make the best use of this time’ as it officially entered the first day of the 2019 General Election. The outcome of the upcoming election remains unpredictable at best, as the disruptive force of Brexit continues to plague British politics.

A Conversation with EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis represents the interests of the European Union in Washington, DC. Ambassador Lambrinidis has held previous positions as the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, the Greek Foreign Minister, and Vice-President of the European Parliament. In our discussion, Ambassador Lambrinidis provides insights into the EU’s relationship with the US, the positive contributions of […]

Equal Pay Day: Joint Statement by First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioners Thyssen and Jourová

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Women in the European Union still earn on average 16% less than men, a slight improvement from last year’s 16.2%. This year the European Equal Pay Day falls on 4 November. It marks the day when women symbolically stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues for the same job.

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – 2nd November 2019

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Freedom of expression, in all its forms, is the very essence of democracy. Only with a thriving, free and independent media landscape, we can hold governments, businesses and society at large accountable. And precisely for this fundamental right, far too often, journalists and media workers are attacked, persecuted, harassed, or intimidated for carrying out their […]

Brexit: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The European Council has adopted a decision to extend the period under Article 50.3 (of the Treaty on the European Union), in the context of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU. The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on […]

The Boris Version of Brexit

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Make no mistake about it, the latest version of Brexit is a very hard Brexit. The UK Government has abandoned the legally binding commitment in the previous deal to align with EU regulatory standards to the greatest extent possible. That is now dropped in favour of a political aspiration.