- Targeted EU sanctions against individuals in President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime are symbolic and will, as such, not affect regime stability.
- As Russia seems well-positioned to retain its influence in Belarus regardless of the regime’s future, this increases the chances of preventing another escalation with Moscow.
Author: Carsten Nickel
Heads of the EU institutions and Chinese President Xi Jinping convened for a high-level online meeting yesterday. The gathering replaced the initially envisaged EU-China summit, for which German Chancellor Angela Merkel had intended to bring all 27 member-state leaders, the Brussels institutions, and their Chinese guests together in the city of Leipzig.… Read the rest
- After lengthy talks, EU leaders have agreed on a new budget and a recovery fund, demonstrating member states’ continued commitment in a moment of severe crisis.
- The deal is politically transformative in that it sets a powerful precedent, allowing the Commission to issue joint debt, part of which will be passed on to crisis-hit economies in the form of grants.
- On 17-18 July, heads of state or government will convene for their first in-person summit since the outbreak of the pandemic.
- The goal for the special European Council is to agree a new multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period 2021-27, including the envisaged EUR 750bn recovery fund.
- While this week’s consultations between EU institutions and the Chinese government ended without any communique, the outlook for the big EU-China summit in H2 is still uncertain.
- Despite the EU’s ‘awakening’ to China’s increasing global role, Europe’s ability to develop a unified position remains constrained by member states’ diverging interests.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has presented his plan for jobs, the second part of the government’s set of economic measures to fight the impact of the pandemic, in the Commons today. The first stage of GBP 160bn had been designed to help the UK economy through the virus-inflicted hibernation period, mainly via increased spending on the national health service and a far-reaching (by UK standards) furlough scheme.… Read the rest
At an emergency meeting of the Brexit joint committee, the EU has handed an ultimatum to the UK. Either the government amends its UK internal market bill which is deemed – by both sides – to be in breach of the international law created by the withdrawal agreement; or Brussels will reconsider the currently still ongoing future relationship talks.… Read the rest
n the future-relationship talks continuing this week, the atmosphere between both sides is at a new low after the UK has begun to contemplate no-deal again publicly. The government has also questioned its own willingness to comply with the existing withdrawal agreement.… Read the rest
Following a rather short summer break, EU-UK trade talks will resume next week. Despite some negative noise, a deal remains possible, but as at previous iterations of the Brexit saga, an agreement should probably be expected closer to the deadline.… Read the rest