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Blog Post Archive

2100: A Greek Odyssey

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Talks between Athens’ euro area creditors and the International Monetary Fund have seen officials grapple with economic forecasts stretching decades into the future. Read more

Lessons from Luxembourg

Sometimes Luxembourg provides something for all. The European Court of Justice’s ruling on the parameters of free trade agreements – which determined that only parts of FTAs required ratification at a national level – made nearly everyone happy. Show More Summary

Quack, quack

What is Uber? The EU’s top court tried to answer this question and decided Uber should be treated as a transport company (which leaves it beholden to local taxi regulations) rather than as an information society service (which would help it escape such rules). Show More Summary

Rule of Law (and Justice)

Perhaps the only phrase more stultifying than “any other business” is “General Affairs Council”. But that could change later today. Frans Timmermans will park the European Commission’s long-running fight with Poland over the rule of law in front of ministers during an “AOB” at the unfortunately named “GAC”. Read more

Day One: Macron-Merkel, beware the Schulz-effect, and a summer of Brexit

“France has doubted itself for decades. It feels that its culture, social model and deepest beliefs are under threat.” As Emmanuel Macron took on the mantle of France’s head of state on Sunday, he was at pains to stress the the scale of the task ahead. Read more

What is Uber?

An adviser at the EU’s top court had the first go at trying to define Uber and came up with a simple answer to what is a complex question: in short, Uber should be treated as a transport company. The reasoning is clear and thoughtful. The full opinion can be read here in French. The edited highlights, in English, are below. Read more

What does Macron mean for the EU?

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. And breathe. The relief in Brussels after Emmanuel Macron romped to victory in the French election was palpable. Read more

Endorsement day

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. With the French election on Sunday, the big names came out to urge voters to back their horse. Read more

May’s web of conspiracy

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Standing in front of 10 Downing Street, the prime minister thundered that Britain had been “misrepresented” by a perfidious foreign press and that “threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials”. Read more

A (bigger) Brexit bill

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Read more

Brexit: a summary

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. The opening gap is considerable The EU and UK are a distance apart on core divorce questions. For all the goodwill,...Show More Summary

Orban takes the battle to Brussels

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Viktor Orban has declared 2017 to be “the year of revolution”, predicting the “defining dynamic” will be his confrontation with Brussels. Show More Summary

Left Behind, Macron’s majority challenge, and reasons to avoid the 85 page form

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Manuel Valls, France’s former prime minister, did not mince words about the paltry 6.36 per cent score achieved by his party’s candidate Benoît Hamon. Show More Summary

Relief in Brussels

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. Berlin and Brussels are breathing a hefty sigh of relief this morning on the news that Emmanuel Macron will face...Show More Summary

Bringing Renzi back

If the lesson from Emmanuel Macron’s first-round win in the French elections was that an ardently pro-European campaign can be waged successfully in a large member state, it does not seem to have been absorbed by Matteo Renzi. The energetic...Show More Summary

The endgame with Turkey

Problems are piling up for president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who faces a cascade of criticism over the country’s slide into authoritarianism after a narrow referendum win that granted him sweeping new powers. Europe’s pre-eminent...Show More Summary

Paris shooting, Brexit tangles and Brandt style

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. The machine gun attack on the capital’s famous Champs-Elysées boulevard has left one policeman dead, two others seriously wounded and another person injured. The attacker was also killed, and ISIS has claimed responsibility. Read more

Les indécis

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. There could be up to 5m fewer votes this year compared to 2012. History shows that a low turnout increases uncertainty about who will make the final run-off. Show More Summary

May’s day in June

To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, register for a free FT account here and then sign up here. For the upcoming negotiations, the size of Mrs May’s majority in the House of Commons is of little concern when it comes to the EU27. Britain’s prospects during the Article 50 talks remain the same. Read more

Turkey: the European response

It was a tricky result. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan scraped a narrow victory – 51.4 per cent – in a referendum to hand himself more powers, amid concerns over the veracity of the vote. European leaders faced walking a diplomatic tightrope in their responses over the Easter break. Show More Summary

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