Giuseppe Conte, a little-known law professor put forward by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League as their prime ministerial candidate, was accused on Tuesday of inflating his international academic credentials.
'Cut taxes while significantly increasing public spending': that is the new Italian government’s economic agenda, causing anxiety in European capitals, especially Berlin, and fear of a Greek-style crisis amongst economists.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet with leaders of the European Parliament on Tuesday to answer questions about how the data of millions of Facebook users ended up in the hands of a political consultancy.
Italy is raising anchor and setting sail for unchartered waters, with Europe's boat rocked by an unprecedented populist coalition. President Sergio Mattarella is expected to approve law professor Giuseppe Conte as premier. The new government, led by the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement and the far-right League, is promising a flat tax, welfare payments to poor families, a pivot towards Russia and the deportation of migrants. Will this government be the kiss of death for a strong EU?
The general prosecutor of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein demanded on Tuesday that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is sent back to Spain, under rebellion charges, over Catalonia's declaration of independence last year. Puigdemont was arrested in the region on 25 March after crossing the Danish border by car. In April, the state's court had ruled that he could not be extradited on these grounds.
EU trade ministers on Tuesday (22 May) gave the go-ahead to the EU Commission's plans to split investment and free trade agreements in the future, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice in March saying that investment and dispute settlement arrangements cannot be established without member states' consent. This opens the door for future investment deals to be ratified the EU's 38 national and regional parliaments.
EU trade ministers on Tuesday approved the negotiating directives for free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom will travel to the two countries in the coming weeks to start formal talks. "These agreements will be negotiated in the greatest transparency," European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker promised, asking member states to "uphold this high level of transparency."
In the decade 2007 to 2017, the EU ran a growing trade deficit with China reaching €176bn in 2017, according to new figures from . In 2017, 20 percent of EU imports came from China, the largest share of any country, while only 11 percent of EU exports were to China. The EU's largest export market (20 percent) is the US.
A group of 154 German economists warn in a joint article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that plans to transform the European Stability Mechanism to a permanent European Monetary Fund to weather economic shocks "pose great risks for European citizens". The proposals of French president Macron and EU Commission president Juncker would also deprive the German Bundestag of control, they said.
The Swedish government is preparing to distribute a 20-page pamphlet next week to all 4.8 million households, informing people on what to do in case of war. The Swedes are advised to stock non-perishable food, water bottles, warm clothing and sleeping bags. The initiative comes as Sweden debates Nato membership and ahead of general elections in September.
Leaders of Italy's far-right League and the 5-Star Movement have proposed a law professor at Florence University, Giuseppe Conte, as the country's new prime minister. Conte is not an MP and is unknown in politics, but has served as a 5-Star Movement adviser. The two parties need to reach an agreement on their prime ministerial candidate with Italy's president Sergio Mattarella before seeking approval from parliament for their coalition government.
Six beneficiaries of a €35m defence research grant were also part of the EU expert group that called for more public money in for the military. 'This raises serious concerns about a conflict of interests,' says campaigner Bram Vranken.
Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a law professor with no political experience was their pick to become the country's next premier.
Russian money hidden in British assets and laundered through City of London financial institutions damages the government’s efforts to take a tough stance against Moscow’s aggressive foreign policy, a committee of lawmakers said on Monday.
The European Commission want to triple the amount of money for migration in the next EU budget. Earlier this week, EU agencies, NGOs, and the mayor of Athens gave their views at a European parliament public hearing.