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Just the Facts: EU-Western Balkans Summit, 17 May 2018

On Thursday, 17 May, EU leaders and the leaders of the six Western Balkan partners (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) met in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Security and connectivity were the themes of this first EU-Western Balkans Summit since 2003.  EU Member State […]

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Just the Facts: European Council Summit 22-23 March 2018

On Thursday, 22 March, the European Council met in Brussels to discuss a wide range of issues including trade, digital taxation, Turkey and the Salisbury attack.  On Friday, 23 March, leaders met in an EU27 format to discuss the ongoing Brexit negotiations and adopt guidelines on the framework for the […]

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Executive Director’s Blog: The end of the beginning and the beginning of the end…

My thoughts following the declaration of sufficient progress in the first phase of Brexit negotiations. Today, the European Council concluded that there has been ‘sufficient progress’ in the first phase of the negotiations on the priorities of citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland. Brexit […]

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Just the Facts: European Council, 9-10 March 2017

On Thursday 9 March and Friday 10 March 2017, EU leaders met in Brussels.  At the formal summit on Thursday, EU leaders re-elected Donald Tusk as President of the European Council and discussed a range of issues.  This was followed by an informal meeting on Friday, when the EU27 leaders met […]

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