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First-ever female mayor for Amsterdam

Femke Halsema will be named Amsterdam’s mayor, a move that would make her the first-ever woman to lead the city of canals and bicycles since that role was created centuries ago.

Democratic distress in the United States and Europe

Liberal democracy is in crisis where it was long thought most securely established. In both Western Europe and the United States, polls suggest voters are losing faith in democratic institutions; polarization and illiberalism appear to be on the rise.

How Europe can upgrade its ‘convergence machine’ for greater equality

The European Union has had an image problem of late, as political forces from left and right, and north and south, like to portray it as a source of new and old economic and social problems.

March in London to call for Brexit deal referendum

Thousands of supporters of the European Union gathered in central London on Saturday to call on the British government to hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.

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EU, Canada and China join forces against climate change

The EU, Canada, and China have joined forces to encourage global leadership and ambition in the fight against climate change by building momentum for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Merkel and Trump agree the ailing German military needs a boost

The German military has been, by nearly all accounts, in a woeful state. In recent years, its helicopters wouldn’t fly, its submarines couldn’t sail, and its soldiers have wielded broomsticks in training exercises for lack of guns.

As Greece ends a decade of bailouts, problems linger for Europe

As Greece prepares to emerge from one of the region’s most wrenching economic periods, its creditors are drawing up plans to ensure it is never a problem for the rest of Europe again.

Merkel and Macron propose Eurozone budget

The leaders of Germany and France agreed to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues.
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Scotland will have to rejoin EU after independence referendum

A new state, coming out of a current member state it will have to apply for EU membership.

Spain’s new prime minister aims for regular elections in 2020

Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took over earlier this month after his conservative predecessor lost a no-confidence vote, said he plans to stay in office until the regular ballot scheduled for 2020.

Talks launched for ‘ambitious’ EU-Australia trade deal

EU Trade Cecilia Malmstroem met with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Monday to officially launch negotiations for a comprehensive trade agreement between the EU and Australia.

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Nuclear threat at highest level since Cold War

President Donald Trump threatened the “total destruction’” of North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

EU executive body proposes stricter party finance rules

The EU will introduce reforms to curb abuses in party financing for European Parliament elections as it tries to bolster trust in the bloc's democracy.

Is the EU ‘bouncing back’ and ready to go?

The European Union is in a healthier economic state than it’s been for more than a decade and is ready to move on from Brexit,.

Worried British government warns for Brexit chaos

Brexit will descend into chaos if British lawmakers reject a bill designed to lay the legislative framework for the country’s EU exit,.

BRICS nations to stand up against western protectionism

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday called for the world to reject protectionism even as American and European pressure mounts on Beijing to lower market barriers.

Is Germany’s Chancellor the real leader of Europe?

German voters have increasingly turned on their long-standing chancellor Angela Merkel, with many furious with the leader's "preference for Europe over Germany".

Britain may seek ‘temporary’ customs union with EU

Britain gave its most detailed indication yet of how its future trade with the European Union might work after Brexit,

EU explores account freezes to prevent bank runs

European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people withdrawing money from their accounts to prevent bank runs.

Is Warsaw prepared to face EU consequences?

The European Union executive holds only limited leverage to stop ruling nationalists eroding the rule of law in Poland.

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