Eurosphere agenda: “UK and six other nations face legal action over Volkswagen emissions…


The EU is taking legal action against the UK and six other nations for failing to take – or consider taking – action against Volkswagen.
The EU commission on Wednesday fined Credit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase €485 million for having set up a cartel in euro interest rate derivatives. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said “banks have to respect EU competition rules just like any other company”. Other banks involved in the scheme had chosen to settle with the commission in late 2013.
Malta’s paradox

Malta has become one of the most progressive countries on gay issues but bans abortion outright – why?

Yesterday’s Labour motion on Brexit marked an important step for the party. For the first time it had managed to push the government on the strategy for the Article 50 negotiations, leaving the government little option but to engage in some Parliamentary wrangling to try and deflect the on-coming threat of backseat rebellion. Keir Starmer looked to be in good control of his brief, after many months of Labour indifference/in-fighting on the subject.

Brexit, the Commonwealth, and exclusionary citizenship

Brexit is the second time Britain has moved to strip citizenship rights from many of its existing citizens.

Vote leave supporters wait for Ukip Leader Nigel Farage to arrive in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex on 21 June. Nick Ansell/Press Association. All rights reserved.

Hollande’s mixed European record

François Hollande marked European politics with his interventions in the Greek crisis, the Ukraine conflict, and international military operations. But he was unable to drive progress on the EU’s core projects. EurActiv France reports.
Angela Merkel has been re-elected as the leader of the CDU at the party conference. By voting for Merkel the conservatives have also backed her bid to run for a fourth term as chancellor. Commentators see Merkel and her party under huge pressure from both the right and the left.
After the No vote in the referendum on constitutional reforms Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tended his resignation to President Mattarella. However, he will stay in office until a new governement takes over. Commentators fear that Italy’s problems are insurmountable and call for new elections, but only under certain conditions.
EU nationals fighting for IS drop by half

The EU’s counter terrorism chief says between 2,000 and 2,500 EU nationals remain entrenched with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Fillon’s French presidential candidacy: what will it mean?


Freiburg murder: Germans urged not to scapegoat migrants

Germans are urged not to scapegoat migrants, as an Afghan youth is suspected of rape and murder.
Is Bosnia the worst place in Europe to be a woman?

Despite huge strides made during socialism, the position of women in work and social life in Bosnia has taken a huge step back since independence. Why?

A group of friends chatting in Sarajevo. Flickr/Kashfi Halford. Some rights reserved.

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