In case you missed, “Leaked Brexit summit text…”Facing facts about the EU referendum…

We’ve got our hands on the final pre-summit draft of the UK’s “new settlement” deal, sent to member states by Donald Tusk, the summit’s host, in the early hours of this morning.

There are not many changes from Tusk’s first version, published two weeks ago. A lot of the political issues have been left to the summit of EU leaders this evening. We’ve annotated a version of the main text, which you can view here.We’ve also run through the decision setting up an emergency brake for non-euro countries, which is here. I’m afraid Tusk provided no track marks in these drafts, making it difficult to see where the changes were made, but we hopefully spotted all the main issues and revisions. There are two particularly interesting tweaks:

Cameron sets 23 June date for EU referendum

Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union on June 23, Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday (20 February) as he began the daunting challenge of persuading the country to stay in.
Facing facts about the EU referendum

Facing facts about the EU referendum
Prime Minister David Cameron could agree a reform package at a summit in Brussels starting Thursday (18 February), paving the way for a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union as early as June.

Sign reads, “Once there was a huge spectacle. They called it the school for sheep. Those got the highest accolades, who didn’t speak, but only bleat.” (Excerpt from a poem by Sándor Weöres.) Image: István Huszti / Used with permission.

The British are dangerously ill-informed about the EU referendum

Research suggests that the UK media are failing to adequately inform the British public, ahead of the country’s referendum on EU membership. The BBC, in particular, has a duty to step up its game.

Before the end of 2017, perhaps as early as June of this year, voters in Britain will decide whether to remain part of the European Union. Whilst the majority of commentary so far has focused on the economic implications of Brexit, leaving the European Union would also have consequences for many other aspects of British life.

European Union Struggling With How to Keep Britain in the Fold

The leaders of the 28 nations are meeting in Brussels to confront issues over Britain and the migrant crisis that challenge the longtime goal of “ever closer union.”
VIDEO: ‘The deal is a fair one’ – Juncker

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has described the UK/ EU reform deal as “fair for the UK and fair for the other 27 member states”.
VIDEO: Key points of Cameron’s EU deal

David Cameron says the EU reform deal has “delivered on the commitments” he made at the start of the process.
A hard-headed calculation to avoid Brexit

Why Cameron’s EU peers went for a deal in the end
The leaders attending the EU summit on Thursday and Friday plan to reach a deal with Prime Minister David Cameron in the hope that this will keep the UK in the Union. The British will vote either this year or at the latest in 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or not. What would a Brexit mean for Europe?
EU summit: What EU reporters make of Brexit talks

What EU reporters make of Brexit talks
The UK, EU and Brexit: Who wins and who loses?

We look at what the European Union will look like without Britain and how the UK will fare without the EU.
EU summit: High stakes and missed meals

How talks on a new deal for Britain in Europe unfolded
Cameron’s lose-lose strategy

This will go down in history as the losers’ European Council. David Cameron has fashioned a lose-lose  game plan in which both the UK and the EU will emerge weaker from his plebiscite politics, writes Denis MacShane.
VIDEO: Is Europe’s Schengen zone doomed?

Laurence Peter looks at what the end of the Schengen zone could mean
What should be the role of news organisations and social media in making sure the refugee crisis is portrayed fairly and accurately?
Are European migration policies being driven by efforts to quickly classify new arrivals as either migrants or refugees?
DiEM25: ten years to save Europe?

Precarious Europe was in Berlin for the launch of Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, kicked off by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

VIDEO: Inside huge EU summit media centre

The BBC’s Ben Wright reports from the media centre of the European Council in Brussels, as talks on reform of the UK’s place in the EU enter a second day.
The European Union will let most of its sanctions against Belarus expire on the grounds that ahead of Lukashenko’s re-election in 2015 the number of human rights abuses in the country decreased and political prisoners were freed. But is lifting the punitive measures the right solution?
Some EU member states are re-instating temporary internal border controls in an attempt to control the flow of migrants. If the EU is to develop a coordinated plan to successfully manage the crisis, it needs to achieve a more balanced redistribution of migrants and establish more efficient processing of asylum applications.
Critics in Poland and abroad have accused the Polish government of turning the country’s public media into an instrument of propaganda through a series of restructuring measures. Is the accusation justified? Two Polish media outlets state their views.
New legislation will require asylum seekers and Finns who want spouses living in non-EU countries to join them in Finland to provide proof of a net income of at least 1,700 euros per month in future. The Finish press criticises the draft law currently being put together by the government in Helsinki.
Migrants in Europe have become fair game

As the European Union summit starts today (18 February) in Brussels, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, warns that it has become impossible in Europe to have a meaningful discussion about migrant rights, diversity, and integration.
According to recent polls 57 percent of the Jews living in France are thinking about moving to another country. Statistics released by London’s Metropolitan Police also show that hate crimes against Jews were up 61 percent in 2015. How should Europe react to growing anti-Semitism?
The EU summit in Brussels is turning into a showdown on the Brexit issue. Will Prime Minister David Cameron manage to secure enough concessions from his EU partners to persuade his countrymen to stay in the EU?
The Visegád states’ “plan B” continues to fuel debate on the eve of the EU summit. These countries want to shut down the Balkan route if Greece doesn’t manage to seal its EU external border. Who is isolating themselves here, the Eastern Europeans or Angela Merkel?
Anti-Muslim hatred from the margins to the mainstream

Whatever local Muslim communities do to remind society that these extremists don’t represent them, there are media commentators, as well as right-wing politicians, constantly fostering a narrative of collective responsibility.

The Ottoman army besieging Vienna (1529), Hüner-nāme, Topkapi-Serail-Museum, Hazine


Greece rejects ‘EU lies’ over borders

Greece accuses EU partners of hypocrisy and lying about Greece’s handling of the huge migrant influx from Turkey.

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