Early Brexit vote on the cards - EUbusiness Week newsletter 704
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
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
EU ministers urge intelligence sharing on migrant crisis
EU naval mission against people traffickers takes shape
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
EU migrant quotas: how many would countries take?
Court rejects Commissioner's claim he was forced to resign
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.
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.
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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