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Deadlock over UK's Brexit bill, says EU's Michel Barnier

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier says there has not been enough progress to move to the next stage of Brexit talks as the UK wants. He said there was “new momentum” in the process but there was still “deadlock” over the so-called divorce bill, which he said was “disturbing”. “Decisive progress is in our grasp within the next two months”, he added. This week’s fifth round of talks are the final discussions before a crucial EU summit on 19 and 20 October. Brexit: All you need to know A ...

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Brexit: EU's Tusk to issue negotiation guidelines

European Council President Donald Tusk is due to issue draft guidelines on how the EU intends to negotiate the UK’s departure from the bloc. The proposals will be sent to the governments of 27 EU members. They will help set the tone for two years of tough negotiations and efforts to finalise a deal. EU leaders say the UK must first agree its exit terms before talks can move on to future ties. London is calling for simultaneous talks. British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the Brexit process on ...

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Apple and Ireland go on offensive against EU's $14B tax bill

Apple’s $ 14.6B tax bill explained Apple and the Irish government are launching a two-pronged attack on the European Union’s record $ 14 billion ruling against their tax deal. Ireland is accusing the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, of meddling with its sovereignty by demanding that it recover €13 billion ($ 13.6 billion) in back taxes from the U.S. tech giant. Apple (AAPL, Tech30), meanwhile, says European officials singled the company out as “a convenient target because it generates lots of headlines.” Both parties are mounting legal challenges against ...

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EU's Juncker proposes headquarters for European army

The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a “permanent structure” resulted in money being wasted on missions. Part of his annual state of the union address was devoted to the UK’s unexpected vote to leave the EU. He insisted that the bloc was not at risk and urged Brexit negotiations to take place as quickly as possible. Mr Juncker warned that the UK could not expect selective “a la ...

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EU's Tower of Babel may fall while leaders distracted

The European flag is projected on the government building in Tbilisi, Georgia, December 18, 2015. Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili It’s little wonder the European Union can’t find common solutions to Europe’s urgent problems when its main members are having such different national conversations. Like the biblical Tower of Babel, Europe’s ambitious construction is in danger of toppling because its peoples are not speaking the same political language. Tune in to Germany and the fierce debate is all about how to cope with an influx of a million migrants, whether to limit the ...

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