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On first day of Brexit negotiations chief EU negotiator makes clear Britain cannot dictate timing of negotiations British negotiators have capitulated to key European demands for a phased approach to Brexit talks, agreeing to park discussions on free trade until they have thrashed out the cost of the multibillion-euro UK divorce settlement. Putting a brave […]

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The parallels are striking. Both were global and political giants. Now both must adjust to their loss of influence Events last Thursday on the two sides of the Atlantic were at once momentous and in some ways connected. In Washington the former FBI director Theresa May squandered her majority. As a result, on both sides […]

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The dignified option would be for May to go. It is absurd to suggest a lame duck administration could negotiate the Brexit talks with confidence or credibility Theresa May is right: this country does indeed need a period of stability. But it is not going to get one with her at the helm, or in […]

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US presidents first visit to Europe memorable for body-language battles and patchy understanding of the bloc He crunched hands, shoved shoulders and struck poses. He scoffed chocolates, ignored protocol and harangued heads of state. He denied saying things he had said, then said things that showed he did not understand. It may, mercifully, have passed […]

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Viktor Orban calls on Hungarians to have more children at summit for World Congress of Families, dubbed hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center Hungary is locked in a confrontation the EU over a catalogue of issues including its policies towards asylum seekers, civil society groups and the Budapest-based Central European University, funded by George […]

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IMF and eurozone states fail to bridge divide over Greek debt relief raising prospect of a summer crisis for the single currency if Athens misses repayment Eurozone finance ministers have failed to agree a debt relief plan for Greece, raising the prospect of a summer crisis for the single currency bloc if Athens misses a […]

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Emmanuel Macron, inaugurated as French president on Sunday, will fly to Berlin the next day labour laws in France. After walking up the red carpet to the lyse Palace on Sunday morning, being briefed on the nuclear deterrent by the outgoing Socialist leader Franois Hollande, and making his first speech, Macron will on Monday fly […]

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With existential threat posed by French election averted, EU leaders more assured and see opportunity to reset project Europe When Emmanuel Macron walked across the courtyard of the Louvre on Sunday evening to the rousing finale of Beethovens Ode to Joy, the EU anthem, few doubted it was a win not only for his untested […]

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Leave.EU, pressure group set up by Nigel Farage before referendum, tweets that French people had rolled over like they did in 1940 A Brexit campaign group poured scorn on France and Emmanuel Macron after the centrist newcomer Leave.EU, the pro-Brexit pressure group set up by Nigel Farage for last years referendum, tweeted that the French […]

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Europe doesnt mess with national borders, but Brexit is pushing the question of unity faster than we are prepared for, on either side of the border Just before European Union leaders agreed their guidelines for the Brexit negotiations last week, the president of the EU council, allowing Northern Ireland to rejoin the EU if Ireland […]

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