Europe: Poland fails to stop Donald Tusk EU re-election

More tensions in Brussells. The European Council president Donald Tusk was reelected by EU leaders less by Polish Prime Minister Beata Syzdlo. “Poland will defend these founding principles of the EU until the end,” she said, quoted by AFP news agency. “Countries that don’t understand that are not building European society, they are destabilising it.”

Tusk is a main rival to Polish government because him was violated the rules for political interference Poles issues since conservative Justice and Law Party has won General Elections in 2015.

Conclusion: More troubles to mrs. Syyzdlo.

 

Europe: UK faces hefty Brexit bill – Juncker says

Speaking to Belgian Parliament, The EU commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker has warned the UK it faces a “very hefty” bill for Brexit. He promised two years of “tough negotiation”, when discussions on leaving terms get under way between the government and the European Union.

Exit will not come “at a discount or at zero cost”, he said.

Conclusion: Tough talks in Brussels.

Europe: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May

The most awaited speech in UK was gave it today by Prime Minister Theresa May. She said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”.

But the PM promised to push for the “freest possible trade” with European countries and to sign new deals with others around the world.

She also announced Parliament would get to vote on the final deal agreed between the UK and the EU.

But Labour warned of “enormous dangers” in the prime minister’s plans.

Conclusion: May wanna a Brexit more than Britons.

 

 

UK: EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge ‘muddled thinking’

Brexit makes another victim. British ambassador to European Union, Ivan Rogers, has steps down today. In his farewell message, he urged British colleagues in Brussels to challenge “muddled thinking and… speak truth to power”

Writing to staff, Sir Ivan Rogers said ministers needed to hear “unvarnished” and “uncomfortable” views from Europe.

Earlier it emerged Sir Ivan would be leaving his post several months early.

The UK’s government said he had quit so a successor could be in place before Brexit negotiations started.

Conclusion: Britain and their problems with EU.

Europe: Belgians break Ceta deadlock

Belgium has reached a deal over EU-Canada trade partnership called Ceta. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said they had agreed on an addendum to the deal which addressed regional concerns over the rights of farmers and governments.

The changes will still have to be approved by the other 27 EU members.

Previously, the deal was wetoed by Belgian region of Wallonia because of no guarantees to local farmers and environment issues.

But after the latest round of marathon talks, Mr Michel tweeted: “All parliaments are now able to approve by tomorrow at midnight. Important step for EU and Canada.”

He did not give further details, but the premier of the Flemish region, Geert Bourgeois, said the original text of the trade deal remained the same.

“This is a clarification. The actual treaty does not change,” he said.

Canada’s Foreign Minister Stephane Dion said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the deal was back on track.

“Once bitten, twice shy, we hope that the Europeans have agreed between themselves because Canada is ready to sign,” he said during a visit to Paris, adding that “if the news you announced becomes reality, it is excellent news”.

A spokeswoman for Canada’s Global Affairs ministry said the latest developments from Belgium were “positive”, but there was “still work to do”.

“There remain additional steps before signing. Canada has done its job. We negotiated a progressive agreement that will create jobs and growth for the middle class. Canada remains ready to sign this important agreement when Europe is ready,” she said.

European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted, “Only once all procedures are finalised for EU signing CETA, will I contact PM @JustinTrudeau”.

Conclusion: The Ceta was saved by Wallonian MPs

Europe: Belgium Walloons block key EU Ceta trade deal with Canada

Canada and European Union faces a big problem. Belgian regional parliament of Wallonia has rejected a Ceta trade deal between it. Belgium’s prime minister Charles Michel has warned over objections made by others regionals parliaments about Ceta trade deal.

Michel said that talks with French-speaking regions had broken down.

The PM said he had told European Council President Donald Tusk that Belgium could not sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta).

Wallonia, a region of 3.6 million people, wants stronger safeguards on labour, environmental and consumer standards.

On Monday, it emerged that two other Socialist-led, French-speaking parliaments also opposed Ceta.

“The federal government, the German community and Flanders said ‘yes.’ Wallonia, the Brussels city government and the French community said ‘no’,” Michel said.

The main concern for Wallons is mechanism for settling disputes with investors.

The rules for trade arbitration are one of the thorniest issues in the deal.

Conclusion: Wallons has tradephobia.

Europe: Turkey scolds Austria in EU membership dispute

Another European row involves Turkey. On Thursday, Austria has pledge to end accesion talks among EU and Turkey.

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said the negotiations were “no more than fiction” and “Europe needs a new path”.

Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said his comments were “disturbing” and “similar to far-right rhetoric”.

Turkey’s crackdown since a failed coup on 15 July has fuelled alarm in the EU. Mr Kern said democratic standards in Turkey were far from EU requirements.

Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil has criticised “signs of a dictatorship” in Turkey, and called for an end to its EU accession talks.

 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed that “Turkey cannot become a European Union member in its current state”.

But he rejected the Austrian position. “I don’t think it would be helpful if we were to tell Turkey unilaterally that the negotiations are over,” he told German ARD news.

Conclusion: Turkey is so far from EU membership now than ever.