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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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Featuring high on the EU Institutions Agenda
|European Parliament Plenary Agenda: corporate tax, budget and Brexit||Michel Barnier during the EP Plenary session: UK cannot be third country and retain EU benefits|
EU in the Media
|Italian Elections: What’s next?||Merkel wins backing for grand coalition|
EU Referendum and Article 50
On the 8th of June 2016, the result of a UK general election, which resulted in a major setback for the Conservative party, was held, while, as of the 19th of June 2017, EU officials and UK Government representatives have started to engaged in official negotiations. 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’ still seems a possible outcome (and risk) of the UK-EU negotiations, the results of the snap election have also reduced the British Conservative government power, as well as its internal cohesion. In addition, the UK is dangerously short of time to conclude a comprehensive agreement, while the two negotiating parties involved are defining the terms of a “transitional period” before the divorce will be finalised. Will the EU and Britain be able to find a mutually satisfactory deal within the two year deadline?
Irish border question dominates Brexit debate
What to expect from the second phase of negotiations?
The EU in 2018 and the global stage
The effects spread by Donald Trump’s successful climb to the White House, as well as the tension stemming from an increasing multipolar global stage are continuing to reverberate across the world. In addition, a series of European national elections have raised serious concerns about the political risks posed by the possible evolutions of the European Union. Nevertheless, after the Juncker’s Commission released a “White Paper” on the future of the EU, Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French Presidential election, the Franco-German axis revival and the EU’s positive economic performances, Europe’s outlook appears far more reassuring compared to the beginning last year. However, there are still several crucial unknowns on the horizon: at EU level, Germany’s post-election negotiations have raised several doubts on the effectiveness of the French-German couple as a engine; in Italy, notably one of the four largest EU economies, the upcoming elections are adding a further degree of uncertainty due to the instability which might come out of the ballots, while Europe’s East-West divide seems to deepen. Whereas, at a global level, the COP23 and the Davos and the Munich summits have highlighted already known divergences between Europe and the US with special regard to trade, climate and foreign policies. In this context, emerging countries such as China and India, as well as Russia are adapting and sometimes taking advantage of the current European & North American political and economic setting.
Future of Europe debate
Who are Italy’s populist election leaders?
Germany’s Merkel set for challenges in her fourth term
Monica Frassoni on Italian elections: “EU leaders should be worried”
Trump’s Presidency and Europe
Trump’s Davos message breaks US tradition
Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks about the forthcoming Italian election
HR Mogherini outlines the new 2018 Western Balkans Strategy
EU Defence: We are not seeking a ‘Brexit revenge’, European Commission president Juncker said
NATO Secretary General speech at Munich Security Conference
Towards a European army? The future of defence for the EU
Balkan nations lined up for EU membership