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Mimicking membership: London’s need for a new coalition-building strategy

New data show who in the EU is disappointed by the UK, and which common interests are worth fighting for pre-Brexit.

The real roots of Germany’s defense spending problem

The 1970s were a decade of anti-war movements. Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his détente policy toward the Eastern Bloc – and West German defense spending peaked at 3.13 percent of GDP in 1975. Clearly, those days are long gone.

The structural flaw in the EU’s migration policy

The EU migration policy lacks a true understanding of the root causes. The approach is therefore ill-fitted for purpose, risks undermining development, and may even exacerbate fragility.

Trade War: European Union taxes American imports

The European Union will start taxing a range of U.S. imports, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

BREXIT: Who is in and who is out?

Today and tomorrow, British MPs will vote on 15 amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, sent to the Commons by the unelected House of Lords.

Euro-Muslims willing to embrace non-Muslims

A survey of Muslims in 15 European Union countries finds most are willing to embrace non-Muslims, but they often feel rebuffed by the majority populations of the places they live.

Is Trump the EU’s only problem?

The United States' decision to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem was met with resentment across European capitals. The American decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran was met with outrage in European capitals.

English not an official EU language anymore after Brexit

The Commission has already started using French and German more often in its external communications, as a symbolic move after Britain voted to leave the EU.

Monsanto lobbyists remain banned from EU parliament

Lobbyists for Monsanto remain barred from the European parliament after the US agrochemical giant refused to attend a public hearing.

French President Macron envisions an EU army in 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the EU to co-operate more closely on defence, immigration, tax and social policy, and for the single currency bloc to have its own budget.

EU reissues ultimatum on hate speech

The European Union gave the ultimatum to social media companies last year, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, to remove hate speech from their platforms.

Brexit negotiations: No cure, no pay?

UK Brexit Minister David Davis has said that Britain will not pay £40 billion (€45.17 billion) to the European Union as it leaves the bloc.

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