Divorce deal is not open for rethink
Photo: EU We can add clarifications to what was agreed already, but no renegotiation is possible, EC President Juncker told PM May.

Divorce deal is not open for rethink

On 19 December the Commission will publish a set of Brexit preparedness measures, including for no-deal scenario

At their last for this year European Council sitting, held in Brussels on 13 and 14 December, the EU leaders had a lot of pressing issues on their plates, starting with the common long-term budget for 2021-2027, migration, completion of the Single Market and the Economic and Monetary Union, among the long list of items. But they also had to put Brexit again on the table, just 19 days after they endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, because in London the divorce deal was challenged not only from opponents of the government, but also from some Tory party members.

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  • Artefacts from Apollonia Pontica on show in Sofia

    Artefacts from Apollonia Pontica on show in Sofia

    The Sofia History Museum presents the international exhibition Apollonia Pontica: In the Footsteps of Archaeologists. The exhibition tells the story of the ancient city of Apollonia Pontica (modern day Sozopol) and its adjacent territories with its institutions, architecture, everyday life, necropoleis, through archaeological studies going back more than a century. The exhibition is the result of a successful collaboration between Bulgaria and France.

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  • Christmas under siege

    Christmas under siege

    All signs point to us having yet another Christmas period shadowed by fear and increased security measures. This has become a tradition for Germany. Since the Berlin Christmas market terrorist attack of 2016, in which a truck was deliberately driven into a crowd, killing 12 people, these places have been enclosed by solid concrete blocks. Such fortifications are as much a feature of the landscape as Christmas decorations this time of the year.

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  • Macron needs new clothes

    Macron needs new clothes

    The election of former investment banker Emmanuel Macron as President of France in 2017 resulted from the wish of the greater part of French society to see a real change in the country, a strive for higher morals in politics, a revival of economy and a safer life. But it was also the impact of fear that the far-right forces represented by their leader Marine Le Pen - who reached the runoff - might win, as well as of weakness and inadequacy of the traditional political parties. The economic press in Europe lauded him as talented reformer and a new face of the European liberalism.

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  • Mariya Gabriel: There is serious fake news risk for the EP election

    Mariya Gabriel: There is serious fake news risk for the EP election

    We must act with urgency and efficiency. This means enhanced coordination between Member States, clear fulfilment of commitments made in the Code of Practice against Disinformation signed by the online platforms, concrete initiatives for improving media literacy and stepping up efforts to create an independent network of fact-checkers, says Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

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  • Journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

    Journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

    For the third year in a row, hundreds of journalists are jailed around the world, which suggests the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer.

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  • Strasbourg terrorist killed in gun battle with police

    Strasbourg terrorist killed in gun battle with police

    The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead last Thursday in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said. Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched in the evening.

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  • Divorce deal is not open for rethink

    Divorce deal is not open for rethink

    At their last for this year European Council sitting, held in Brussels on 13 and 14 December, the EU leaders had a lot of pressing issues on their plates, starting with the common long-term budget for 2021-2027, migration, completion of the Single Market and the Economic and Monetary Union, among the long list of items. But they also had to put Brexit again on the table, just 19 days after they endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, because in London the divorce deal was challenged not only from opponents of the government, but also from some Tory party members.

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  • China-US trade talks progress, markets rally

    China-US trade talks progress, markets rally

    Just over a week after President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached a temporary truce at the G20 summit, the world's two largest economies finally began showing signs of progress in talks to end their trade war after months of stonewalling.

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  • Italy lowers deficit, Commission to pronounce verdict

    Italy lowers deficit, Commission to pronounce verdict

    The revised 2019 budget plan, proposed by the Italian government, which includes the reducing of its deficit is still not enough to secure EU approval, Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Thursday. "It's a step in the right direction, but nonetheless I have to say we're still not quite there. There are still more steps to take," Moscovici told French senators in Paris, commenting Rome's latest proposal to avoid financial penalties from Brussels.

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