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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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Just the Facts: European Council 20 & 21 October 2016

Leaders of the 28 EU Member States met in Brussels on 20 and 21 October 2016.  This was the first formal European Council meeting to take place since Theresa May replaced David Cameron as UK Prime Minister on 13 July, following the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership […]

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Just the Facts: The European Union, Turkey and the Migrant Crisis – The March European Council summit

Since the start of 2015, more than 1 million migrants have entered the EU on boats from Turkey to Greece, including nearly 150,000 in 2016 alone. In an effort to find a common approach to Europe’s worsening migrant crisis, the 28 EU Heads of State and Government have been holding […]

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