European Union

Ten little ways leaving the EU could change your life

European officials can't help being interested in members states' affairs, giving them a reputation for meddling.<p>They have reportedly been itching to ban high-powered appliances such as kettles, toasters, hair-dryers, which has been one of the many incidents that prompted Commission President …

Europe

There’s a new push to make Obama president again. This time, of France.

In just a couple of months, French voters will go to the polls to elect their next president. It's already turning into a divisive campaign, with the onetime conservative front-runner François Fillon deeply wounded by a corruption scandal and facing stiff competition from both the far right Marine …

France

Report: High-ranking Trump official has extensive ties to Hungarian neo-fascists

Sebastian Gorka reportedly co-founded a new party with prominent anti-Semites.<p>A deputy assistant to President Donald Trump has spent years working …

Europe

Nigel Farage says Brexit and Trump win are 'beginning of global revolution'

The former leader of the United Kingdom Independence party (Ukip) spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday near Washington DC<p>Nigel Farage addressed the biggest conservative conference in America on Friday, claiming that Brexit and the election victory of Donald Trump were “the …

Referendums

Some EU officials thought Trump's statement that the EU was 'wonderful' was a 'hoax'

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Donald Trump called the European Union "wonderful" and said he was "totally in favor of it", some Brussels officials feared the headline was a hoax, given the U.S. president's earlier apparent disdain for the bloc.<p>Trump's remarks in an interview with Reuters late on …

Euro

Trump's Playbook Backfires in the Netherlands

Geert Wilders, the anti-Islam front-runner in the Dutch general election campaign, owes a large debt -- ideologically, strategically and tactically-- to U.S. Republican leaders, from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. But the ways in which he is different from them, and the ways in which the …

Democracy

What is the EU, why was it created and when was it formed?

As the UK inches closes to leaving the European Union after June 2016's historic Brexit vote, here's everything you need to know about the EU.<p>What is Article 50? The only explanation you'll ever need<p>Why was the EU created?<p>After the Second World War there was a new movement to create unity between …

Europe

What Would Trump, U.S. Gain From an EU Breakup?

Peter Schaffrik, chief European macro strategist at RBC, and Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow at Council on Foreign Relations, discuss President …

Council on Foreign Relations

Britain Could Face €63B Payment When It Leaves EU

Britain's exit from the European Union has threatened to redraw trade geographies for the region, roiled stock markets and disrupted plans for major …

Brexit

Countries are using the EU’s greatest fear as their ultimate bargaining chip

Sharing a land border with the European Union comes with both perks and drawbacks. In a bid to boost trade with the EU and promote other aspects of integration, Turkey and Morocco have found that controlling the flow of migrants across their borders with the EU is a powerful bargaining chip.<p>Angst …

Immigration

EU politicians back call for UK to pay €60bn exit bill before trade talks

Czech, German and Italian politicians support European commission line that Britain must pay up before talks begin<p>Theresa May’s hopes of conducting free trade talks with the EU from day one of the Brexit negotiations appear to have been dashed by an increasing number of member states taking a hard …

Brexit

Exclusive: How a tiny Canadian IT company helped swing the Brexit vote for Leave

With the entire political establishment massed against them and the bookmakers giving them no hope, the Leave campaign faced what many thought was an impossible battle to take Britain out of the European Union.<p>But election data published yesterday has provided a window into how Vote Leave upset the …

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Why Did Older People In Britain Vote 'Leave'?

<i>Why did older people in Britain vote in favour of Leave? originally appeared on Quora -</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Tatiana Estévez, Writer Relations at Quora, on Quora:</b><p>People who know London will think of …

Quora

Maastricht's Flaws Still Plague Europe, 25 Years Later

Twenty five years ago this month, the representatives of 12 countries gathered in the Dutch city of Maastricht to sign the Treaty on European Union. Its claim to mark "a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe" looks grandiose and overblown a quarter of …

Economics

UK mortgage approvals hit 12-month high in January - BBA

| LONDON<p>British banks approved the most mortgages in a year last month and consumer borrowing saw some of its fastest growth of the past decade, industry data showed on Friday, contrasting with earlier signs of slowing momentum.<p>Strong consumer demand has driven Britain's economy since June's Brexit …

Banking

Macron’s economic platform echoes Hollande’s, French economist says

Already criticized for being thin on policy, independent French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is facing fresh criticism after releasing details of his economic programme.<p>At least one economist says Macron’s “new” ideas, released Thursday, are passé.<p>The independent candidate, a former …

Economics

Trump Provokes Global Backlash

Let’s hope that Donald Trump is the political version of syrup of ipecac.<p>The American system has been sick to its stomach for some time. Then along comes Donald Trump, America swallows him (hook, line, and sinker), and the system experiences gut-churning convulsions ever since. According to the …

Democracy

BoG: Greek Economy Could Grow by 2.5% in 2017

The Greek economy could grow by 2.5 % this year on conditions, the Bank of Greece said in its Annual Report, presented by governor Yiannis Stournaras …

Economics

Dicing with debt: a guide to government overspending

No country can function without debt. But with countries such as Greece and Italy continuing to give economists and politicians sleepless nights, …

Economics

How Europe Can Defend Itself

Say this for Donald Trump: He is forcing Europeans to think more seriously about how to protect and defend their continent.<p>The U.S. president’s disparagement of NATO goes too far, and his focus on getting Europeans to spend more on defense is misplaced. That said, European nations have for too long …

NATO

Nigel Farage Links Donald Trump to Brexit in CPAC Speech

TKTKTKTk top<p>Trump has repeatedly praised the Brexit in numerous interviews and public appearances. In a January press conference with UK Prime …

Nigel Farage

Greek recovery could be hit without bailout review soon, central banker says

| ATHENS<p>Greece's central bank governor warned on Friday that "uncertainty" could hobble the country's economic recovery if the government and its lenders do not conclude a bailout review soon, urging both sides to be "flexible" in talks.<p>Governor Yannis Stournaras said the bank's 2.5 percent growth …

Greece

What happens now that the UK has voted to leave the EU?

On June 23 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. It was the greatest disaster to befall the bloc in its 59-year history.<p>The road ahead is unclear. No state has left the European Union before, and the rules for exit – contained in Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon – are brief.<p>Here are …

Brexit

The Trump-Like Figures Popping Up in Central Europe

WARSAW — Political outsiders across Central Europe, preaching a populist message and promising to overturn the establishment, have felt the wind at their backs since the election of President Trump. Many of them embrace their resemblance to him, whether it is their backgrounds in business, their …

Europe

Top EU official sees brighter financial future for Portugal

A senior European Union official says EU authorities are poised to release Portugal from tight fiscal oversight and the threat of sanctions because …

Euro

Brexit: Just What Are Jobs And Living Standards Being Put At Risk For?

This week we've learned from the government's leading Brexiteer, David Davis, that the UK will be putting British jobs and living standards at risk for nothing more than the illusion of 'taking back control' of our borders.<p>Visiting Latvia, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union …

Brexit

IMF warns against pretending ‘upayable debts’ can be paid - ECONOMICS

ECONOMICS >IMF warns against pretending ‘upayable debts’ can be paid<p>WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse<p>AFP photo<p>In a not so subtle jab at European …

Greece

Juncker on Brexit: "They will have to cover the cost"

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis<p>Click for full view<p>European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker at weekly College meeting at European …

Brexit

What will Brexit mean for British trade?

As an EU member, the UK and companies based here can sell their goods freely to customers anywhere else in the EU without those customers having to pay additional taxes to import those goods.<p>British consumers and companies can also import from elsewhere in the EU without tariffs. The EU also has …

Brexit

EU expects home-team advantage in Brexit talks

The European Commission intends to conduct Brexit negotiations with the U.K. government in Brussels, rather than alternating with London, and sees …

Brexit