Theresa May wants to head back to Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal. Despite EU assurances that there is no more talking to be done, it remains unclear what sort of reception she can expect. Why does Theresa May want to renegotiate the Brexit deal? Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Theresa May agreed a Brexit deal with the EU in November. But when she took it back to Westminster, MPs rejected it by the biggest margin of defeat for a government in the history of parliament. Subsequently, MPs narrowly backed a motion to call on the government to ditch the controversial “Irish … [Read more...] about Will some members of the EU be open to renegotiating Brexit?
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Almost 8,000 kilometres separates Brussels from Caracas, but this week Venezuela was at the heart of European politics. The European Parliament recognised Juan Guaidó as interim President, while EU Foreign Ministers announced the creation of an international contact group with Latin American countries aiming to chart a peaceful end to the political crisis within 90 days. The first meeting comes next week. But let's take a look back at the last 7 days in Europe, with the week in numbers. The week in numbers 113 million is the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union - hidden among that figure is the number of 32 million people who are in work, yet at risk of poverty. Poverty in the EU is still 4 per cent higher than before the 2008 crisis. 10 is the number of countries meat from a Polish abattoir at the centre of a scandal over slaughtering sick cows has been sold to. Secret filming by broadcaster TVN revealed the poorly animals being killed at … [Read more...] about State of the Union: Venezuela moves and deciphering the EU
Exiled Puigdemont wants Catalan to become independent State in the EU BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Exiled Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has spoken of his hopes to return home and for Catalonia to join the European Union as an independent State. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/exiled-puigdemont-wants-catalan-to-become-independent-state-in-the-eu-37763308.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37763305.ece/7445b/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_76b374ce-4f09-44e1-96a8-c4e3226431e8_1 Email Exiled Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has spoken of his hopes to return home and for Catalonia to join the European Union as an independent State. The separatist leader also said he wants the political conflict in Catalonia to be resolved “peacefully”. Mr Puigdemont fled to Belgium in 2017 after his regional government held an unauthorised referendum on independence from Spain. Spanish authorities took over the Catalan … [Read more...] about Exiled Puigdemont wants Catalan to become independent State in the EU
Member States must increase their contributions to the EU budget to meet the challenges facing the region, Brexit and increasing inequalities in society and climate change, according to Spanish MEP Jordi Sole, a member of the Greens group in the European Parliament (EP) at a seminar in Brussels. For the 2021-2027 budget, the European Parliament advocates more revenue, notably by increasing the contribution of the Member States to 1.3 percent of the EU-27 gross national income (excluding the UK), to EUR 1,324.1 billion (calculated at prices of 2018). Instead, the European Commission’s proposal in the spring proposes a slightly lower ceiling of 1.1 percent. The EP wants to raise funds for youth policies, research, growth and job creation and the fight against climate change. At the same time, the EP considers that the allocation of new resources in the areas of migration, defense and security must not be at the expense of agricultural and cohesion policies. “The less the … [Read more...] about Brexit puts additional financial pressure on member states’ contribution to EU budget
As New Europe reported last Sunday, a new friendship treaty between France and Germany was signed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on 22 January. The treaty was signed in the presence of European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President, Donald Tusk, in the town hall of Aachen. The Franco-German Treaty which is presented as a follow-up pact to the Élysée Treaty signed in Paris on January 22, 1963, gives a clear indication of who will be in the driver’s seat, and how Europe will be run, post-Brexit. Europe has its fail-safes in place so that its governance is not dominated by any one country (or even two). Whether decisions are taken by simple or qualified majorities, or unanimity, no two countries – no matter how big – can run the show without compromise. Germany and France, however, in the history of the Union, have certainly set the pace and course of … [Read more...] about Did Merkel and Macron seal the future of the EU in ‘Aix-la-Chapelle’?