Unemployment in the UK has fallen from 4.9% to 4.4%, its lowest level since 1975, according to from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were 1.48 million unemployed in April-June 2017 - 57,000 fewer than for January-March 2017. The number of workers born elsewhere in the EU has continued to increase, but the annual rate of change has slowed markedly, the ONS added.
"Europe is possibly facing an explosive cocktail of political (Russia, Turkey) and financial (China) meddling in its backyard," warns a new by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. It recommends that the EU increases influence over its neighbourhood, particularly mentioning Serbia, Bosnia and Albania as countries that are vulnerable to economic shock and have a negative trade balance with China.
Danish police have been asked to investigate the public administration of EU fishing rules after found examples of fishermen who, in reports to the ministry, pretended to own vessels and quotas. This practice may have led to Danish fishing quotas being in reality concentrated on just a few owners. Fisheries minister Esben Lunde Larsen and two leading ministerial officials were already removed from office last week.
Just a few weeks before Norway's parliamentary elections on 11 September, a fresh Norstat poll, out on Tuesday, showed four-year-low support (27%) for Norway's opposition labour party. The party was, until recently, tipped to win but the poll now indicates a strong chance for incumbent conservative prime minister Erna Solberg to retain power. "These are bad figures and far too low", labour leader Jonas Gahr Stoere admitted.
Slovakia should be part of a deeply-integrated core EU, driven by Germany and France, prime minister Robert Fico said. He didn't, however, provide details on a deal struck Tuesday to keep the nationalist and eurosceptic Slovak National Party as a junior partner in his three-party ruling coalition. "I am very much interested in regional cooperation within the Visegrad Four, but Slovakia's vital interest is the EU," Fico said, Reuters reported.
Italy's interior minister, Marco Minniti, said Tuesday that he sees light at the end of the tunnel for curbing migrant flows from Libya. His ministry's figures showed that 97,293 people reached Italy in 2017, down 4.15% compared to 2016. EU border agency Frontex saying migrants arriving in Italy through the Central Mediterranean route had dropped to the lowest level for the month of July since 2014.
Germany's constitutional court to refer a case about the legality of the European Central Bank's (ECB's) Public Sector Purchase Programme to the European Court of Justice for advice. "Significant reasons indicate" that the ECB, led by Mario Draghi, overstepped its mandate and harmed member states' competences with the programme, under which the ECB has purchased bonds since 2015 for more than €2tn to stimulate the eurozone economy.
Euro-area industrial production fell by 0.6% in June and by 0.5% in the EU28 compared to May, according to . Compared with June 2016, industrial production has however grown 2.6% in the euro area and 2.9% in the EU28. The highest increases in industrial production this June were registered in Estonia (+14.5%), Romania (+11.5%) and Sweden (+8.9%). Ireland recorded the largest decrease (-8.1%) .
In a bizarre case that’s sparked comparisons with Scandinavian TV series “The Bridge”, police are investigating the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who went missing after she accompanied a Danish inventor in his amateur-built submarine.
France, Germany, Italy, UK and the US in a joint statement on Sunday called on political groups in Kosovo to end a two-month long deadlock on forming a functioning government, reports AP. The winners of elections on 11 June, who are former leaders of Kosovo's war of independence from Serbia, have 39 out of 120 seats in parliament and need backing from other political groups to form a new government.
Portugal has requested assistance from European partners to fight over 200 daily forest fires mainly in the central and northern parts of the country that threaten to spread further with more hot weather in the coming days. Spain to send aircraft from an EU "buffer capacity" as well as ground forest fighting modules to aid the Portuguese forces.
Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (SPD) has been nominated to the board of Russia's largest oil company Rosneft, according to by Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev. Rosneft shareholders will vote on the changes at the end of September. Schroeder is also chairman of the shareholders' committee of Nord Stream AG, a Gazprom-led consortium building a pipeline carrying Russian natural gas across the Baltic to Germany.
In a show of unity, UK's anti-Brexit chancellor Philip Hammond and pro-Brexit international trade secretary Liam Fox published a joint article in the Sunday Telegraph saying post-Brexit Britain will need a transition period to help businesses adjust. "We are both clear that during this period the UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union and will be a 'third-country' not party to EU treaties," they wrote.