BEACONS: The Catalan Tragicomedy and Regionalist Nationalism

The constitutional convulsions tearing apart Catalonia and Spain are most distressing. They are another sign of the fractious malaise eating away at the democratic systems in place. They are testimony to the rising tide in knee-jerk nationalist responses and posturing, irrespective of whether they are produced at state or regional level.  These convulsions and contractions are occurring within a European Union that for a significant period of time has no longer embodied the hopes for a better economic and social future or even a minimum of protection for its most vulnerable citizens....

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Europe Diplomacy & Defense No. 1027
European Council to call for launch of permanent structured cooperation by end of year

Brussels, 18/10/2017 (EDD)On Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October, the heads of state and government meeting in European Council are expected to call for permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) to be launched by the end of the year.

In draft conclusions accessed by EDD, the European Council is expected to hail the “significant progress” made by member states in preparation for PESCO...

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1953 - 2017

On 12 March 1953, the first issue of the daily news bulletin "Europe" was published, and we are therefore celebrating our sixty-fourth anniversary. This is a ripe old age for a press agency, but is not extraordinary in and of itself: older news agencies exist, some of them much older. What is unusual about us is that we are exactly as old as the first European Community, the forerunner of today's European Union. In July 1952, the Paris Treaty came into force, giving rise to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and it was at the beginning of 1953 that the "ECSC levy" started being applied, the first European tax. In February 1953, the coal and steel markets were opened up to the six participating countries. This moment marked the end of prehistory and the beginning of history for the united Europe, and Agence Europe's newsletter took on its role of closely following developments in Europe's history from one day to the next.

Bulletin Quotidien Europe 11886 - 19/10/2017
BEACONS: The Catalan Tragicomedy and Regionalist Nationalism
FUTURE OF EUROPE: Cutting the Gordian knot among European leaders on the most controversial issues
FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Leaders to tackle thorny issue of Turkey
TRADE: Macron wants to push EU to take account of sensitivities in opening of trade
MIGRATION: Support of external action but still no decision on Dublin system reform
EUROPEAN COUNCIL: European Council will not be held in Europa building after latest incident
CATALONIA: Catalan leaders in Brussels not planning any new regional elections
TERRORISM: Commission to help member states secure public areas from terrorist attacks
JUSTICE: Privacy Shield passes its first test, says Commission
JUSTICE: EPP wants root-and-branch changes to draft European Parliament report on whistleblowing
DIGITAL: E-Privacy, MEPs will vote after all on compromise amendments and two additions
BUSINESS: UEAPME says Brexit will impact directly on SME optimism in UK and Ireland
ENVIRONMENT: Glyphosate alternatives exist report says
CLIMATE: COP23, agreement in principle by Council on non-ETS burden sharing does not go far enough, says Gilles Pargneaux
CIRCULAR ECONOMY : EuroCommerce welcomes Commission guidelines on food donation
AGRICULTURE: Contrasting responses from European agricultural organisations on omnibus regulation
TAXATION: Estonian Presidency of the EU Council sees three alternative options to tax on turnover of Internet giants
MONEY LAUNDERING: European Parliament committee of investigation into Panama Papers agrees on its recommendations
FINANCE: EU institutions address industry to defend regulatory agenda for 'Capital Markets Union 2.0'
MEXICO: Cecilia Malmström determined to seal EU-Mexico free trade agreement in 2017
CHINA: Xi Jinping promises greater opening of Chinese market and better treatment of foreign firms
ISRAEL: EU calls on Israel to reconsider latest decisions on extending settlements
FYROM: EU calls on political representatives to act responsibly ahead of second round of municipal elections
GENDER EQUALITY: Minimum height requirement for police entrance exams discriminates against women
COMPETITION: In-depth investigation into planned merger between Celanese and Blackstone
SOCIAL: Maria Arena MEP against agreement found on posted workers directive
TRANSPORT: European car manufacturers commit to a six-pronged cybersecurity approach
CLIMATE: Rectification on NGO position on Council political agreement on Lulucf regulation