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Early Brexit vote on the cards - EUbusiness Week newsletter 704


14-05-2015

EUbusiness Week 704 top stories: EU faults Britain over missed deficit targets; Greece avoids default with but warns of imminent crisis; NATO, EU work together against 'hybrid warfare'; Hollande meets Castro and urges end to Cuba embargo; EU, Turkey to update customs union; Britain to be EU's most populous nation by 2060

Publisher's Note

The surprise victory of Prime Minister David Cameron at the UK's general election has led to a chorus of concerned voices about the chances of a 'Brexit' from the EU. Business people especially have voiced their fears about losing the benefits of membership, and the damage to the UK economy.

There are signs, though, that if Mr Cameron can get some results on renegotiation, a referendum might be brought forward to 2016, cutting short battles on two fronts -- in Brussels and against the eurosceptics in his own camp.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU faults Britain over missed deficit targets

The EU said Wednesday that Britain had not done enough to meet budget deficit targets and would have to remain under Brussels oversight for another two years to make sure it does.
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Eurozone growth picks up as France outperforms

2. Greece avoids default but warns of imminent crisis

Greece narrowly averted a default Tuesday that could have seen it crashing out of the euro, but warned it faced another cash crunch within two weeks without a bailout deal with its EU financiers.
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3. NATO, EU work together against 'hybrid warfare'

NATO and the European Union have vowed to tighten cooperation against the "hybrid warfare" that the West accuses Russia of using in the battle for influence in the former Soviet Union.
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4. Hollande meets Castro and urges end to Cuba embargo

French President Francois Hollande called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba, as he met with Fidel Castro during the first visit by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.
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5. EU, Turkey to update customs union

The EU and Turkey have agreed to update a 20-year-old customs union, while Brussels promised to address Ankara's concerns about the huge European trade deal with the United States.
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6. Britain to be EU's most populous nation by 2060

Britain will be the EU's most populous nation by 2060, overtaking Germany where the birth rate is falling, the Commission said in a report on Europe's ageing population.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Death penalty: Hungary could bring in the death penalty but only if it leaves the EU, former Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said in response to calls by Hungarian premier Viktor Orban for debate on its restoration.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

UK: Britain's finance minister George Osborne on Tuesday warned his EU partners not to underestimate his government's determination to seek reform of the bloc ahead of the planned referendum on British membership.
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EU ministers urge intelligence sharing on migrant crisis
EU naval mission against people traffickers takes shape
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Commission Watch

Migration: the Commission clashed with Britain on Wednesday as it launched a new plan to save thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean that includes controversial resettlement quotas for refugees.
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EU migrant quotas: how many would countries take?
Court rejects Commissioner's claim he was forced to resign
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Parliament Watch

UKIP: Nigel Farage will remain head of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party despite tendering his resignation after failing to become an MP in last week's general election.
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This week the Foreign Affairs Committee called for specific funding to counter Russia's propaganda and infiltration of EU politics, and discussed the Eastern Partnership ahead of a summit in Riga; and EP president Martin Schulz received the Charlemagne Prize for his work to promote democracy.
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EU diary

18-21 May: European Parliament plenary session
18 May: Foreign Affairs Council
18-19 May: Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
19 May: Commission to adopt Better Regulation Package
21 May: 3rd Eastern Partnership Business Forum
21-22 May: Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga
22 May: Climate Finance Day 2015
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Guides

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Events

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