The summer months are quiet ones in Brussels, as the European institutions effectively close down. The Parliament is on recess, there are few Council meetings and the Commission work effectively shuts down until the end of August.
An extraordinary week in European politics, with Donald Trump in town for a visit to the UK and a NATO summit in Brussels and upheaval in the British government after the Cabinet approved a new proposal for the future UK relationship with the EU.
The Prime Minister received the full backing of the Cabinet on Friday on the contents of the UK Government's White Paper, summarised ahead of its Monday publication by a three pager, 'The Chequers Agreement', released at the end of the summit.
Whilst most of the country has been absorbed in the World Cup and enjoying the decidedly continental heat wave, Westminster’s eyes have been focused on a quiet corner of the Buckinghamshire countryside, whilst Europe's gaze was set on the southern German region of Bavaria and the issue of migrati
Europe has been focused on the latest political crisis in Germany which threatened to tear the recently formed coalition government apart, whilst in Britain the news was dominated by the “brexit dividend” boost in NHS funding, and the latest round of Commons battles on a meaningful parliamentary
A vote in the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee calling for the suspension of the EU-US Privacy Shield is irresponsible and could leave EU citizens in legal limbo, warned West Midlands MEP Dan Dalton.
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