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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
|Press conference by Michel Barnier on a draft Brexit deal||Debating the Future of Europe with Angela Merkel|
EU in the Media
|EU’s chief negotiator welcomes decisive step in Brexit process||Is it too early to tell who might replace Merkel?|
Difficult days ahead, says Theresa May after cabinet backs Brexit deal
Will May win backing for draft Brexit deal in the UK Parliament?
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 are also defining the possible terms of a “transitional period” before the divorce will be finalised. Will the EU and Britain be able to find a mutually satisfactory deal before the 29th of March 2019? Will there be a”the transition period” last? Is a so-called “Hard Brexit” possible?
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, and Sweden, the elections have added further degree of uncertainty on the future of the EU, while Europe’s East-West divide seems to deepen. Whereas, at a global level, the COP23, the Davos and the Munich summits have highlighted already known divergences between Europe and the US with special regard to trade, climate and foreign policy. In this context, emerging countries such as China, as well as Russia are adapting and sometimes taking advantage of the current European & North American political and economic setting.
How Italy became Eurosceptic and why it matters, according to Martin Wolf
Countdown to an EU reboot? Two MEPs discuss on the next European elections round
Future of Europe debate
Trump’s Presidency, Europe and Trade