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PubAffairs Bruxelles is a membership-based organisation created to foster understanding, transparency and participation in the work of the European Union. PubAffairs Bruxelles aims at creating an open platform for debate, information exchange as well as the development of ideas among its members, establishing a diverse community. PubAffairs Bruxelles welcomes participants from public and regulatory bodies such as associations, federations, NGOs, as well as regional, national and European Institutions. We also welcome participants from the private sector, including consultancies, corporations and business. In addition, as one of PubAffairs Bruxelles fundamental principles is to represent as far as possible the range of individuals concerned with the European Union policy making, we believe that the participation of academics, think-tanks, researchers, the media and the wider civil society enriches the debate further


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Commission sets out path towards fair taxation of the Digital Economy Juncker’s State of the EU: “The wind is back in Europe’s sails”


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Angela Merkel wins fourth term as far-right AfD surges EU gives guarded welcome to May’s Florence speech

 



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EU Referendum & Article 50

On the 8th of June, a UK general election, which resulted in a major setback for the Conservative party, was held, while, as of the 19th of June, EU officials and UK Government representatives have started to engaged in official negotiations.  The latest Britain’s period of legal and political uncertainty and the snap elections envisaged  by the UK PM Theresa May added a further layer of unpredictability to the UK process of exit from the EU. While a ‘hard Brexit’ seems the main possible outcome (and risk) of the UK-EU negotiations, the results of the snap election have also reduced the British Conservative government power, along with the time at UK’s disposal to conclude an agreement.  Will the EU and Britain be able to find a mutually satisfactory deal within the two year deadline?



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The German chancellor will be wrangling over coalition formation for a while. Merkel’s choices to reach the 355 seats she needs for a majority are sharply limited. The SPD have already announced that they will not be continuing the grand coalition with their traditional Christian Democrat opponents. The AfD, rather like Ukip, are popular among their own voters but deeply unpopular among most Germans – so their participation in government is politically impossible for a raft of reasons – NewstatesMan

Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead the UK team of negotiators into their fourth round of talks with EU officials in Brussels on Monday. It will be the first opportunity for the European delegation to respond to Theresa May’s speech in Florence. Mrs May aimed to restore momentum to a process that was stalling. Key figures such as EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier described her tone as constructive, which should improve the atmosphere of the talks – BBC

Britain wants a transition period aimed at bridging the gap between leaving the EU in March 2019 and beginning the new trading relationship, May confirmed, and envisages it lasting “around two years”. The UK and the EU would “not be able to implement smoothly” many of the new arrangements the would be necessary, she said, and “people and businesses would benefit from a period to adjust in a smooth and orderly way” – The Guardian

Theresa May Florence Speech on Brexit –



Corbyn returns triumphant to Brighton

 



Special Coverage

Post US Presidential vote & European National Elections Year

The global effects spread by Donald Trump’s successful climb to the White House and the UK referendum continue to reverberate. In addition, a series of national elections have raised concerns about the political risks posed by the European Union. Nevertheless, after the Juncker’s Commission released a “White Paper” on the future of the EU, Emmanuel Macron victory of the French Presidential election and the Franco-German axis revival, the EU political and economic outlook appears far more reassuring compared to the beginning of the year. However, there are still several crucial unknowns on the horizon: at an EU level, the German elections will be held in September, although the victory of Angela Merkel seems predictable. Italy, notably one of the four largest EU ‘s member state, is still undecided on a date for the general elections due to prolonged  controversies on the electoral law, while analyst and commentators are still wondering if the renewed Franco-German alliance will produce actual changes with special regard to the eurozone governance. Whereas, at a global level, both the G7 and the G20 summits have highlighted already known divergences between Europe and the US concerning trade and climate policies. In this context, emerging countries such as China and India are also adapting to this new setting and are taking position within the international arena. What will Europe, the US and the world look like at the end of 2017?


Future of Europe debate

State of the European Union Speech 2017

Angela Merkel wins German elections as AfD enters Bundestag

‘Macron’s EU plans thwarted by German election’?


Trump’s Presidency

Trump adviser to UN: US is still leaving Paris climate agreement

Trump threatens ‘wicked few’ oppressive regimes


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AfD – the new force in German politics


EU gives guarded welcome to May’s Florence speech


Judicial reforms: Polish government on collision course with EU


Catalonia independence vote: Tensions rise between Barcelona and Madrid


Big Tech’s power remains unchallenged