France blocks further EU enlargement

France blocks further EU enlargement

by Editor | Posted on 18 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

France has blocked the opening of talks for both Albania and North Macedonia to join the European Union during a meeting of EU ministers at the General Affairs Council on Tuesday. The French European Affairs Minister, Amélie de Montchalin, explained that further reforms were needed in both countries before accession talks could commence. Albania had […] Read more...

Macron on tour again

Macron on tour again

by Editor | Posted on 18 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

After Sylvie Goulard, Macron’s first choice for the post of European Commissioner, was rejected on 10 October, the French President appears to finally understand the power that the European Parliament can wield when the urge takes it. The rejection came as a shock to the French President who had apparently been given assurances from European […] Read more...

A deal at long last

A deal at long last

by Editor | Posted on 18 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

After intense negotiations, a Brexit deal was finally reached between the EU and UK government on Thursday, 17 October. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said that the deal agreed between Brussels and London after days of accelerated talks was a ‘fair and reasonable result’. While it is true that both the EU and the UK […] Read more...

European Commissioner hearings continue in Brussels

European Commissioner hearings continue in Brussels

Posted on 11 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The three future Executive Vice Presidents of the European Commission – Margrethe Vestager, Valdis Dombrovskis and Frans Timmermans – glided through their hearings in front of the European Parliament. Dutch Commissioner Timmermans is set to become the European Commissioner in charge of the ‘Green New Deal’. He told the European Parliament about his plans to […] Read more...

Irish Government Announces No Deal Budget

Irish Government Announces No Deal Budget

Posted on 11 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe this week delivered the fourth Budget of the Fine Gael – led minority government. However, this Budget was anything but business as usual. In light of the uncertainty brought about by the ongoing Brexit deadlock, the Irish Government proceeded to frame Budget 2020 on the basis of a No Deal […] Read more...

A path to progress?

A path to progress?

Posted on 11 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

With one week to go before the crucial European Council summit on 17th October, there is still no clear agreement between the UK and EU on a way forward. On Thursday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met in Cheshire for what many saw as a last-ditch attempt to break the […] Read more...

World Trade Organisation rules on EU-US trade dispute

World Trade Organisation rules on EU-US trade dispute

by Editor | Posted on 04 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Following the largest ever ruling by the WTO, the US is set to impose 25% tariffs on Scotch whisky, Irish products including Kerrygold and Baileys, and French wine in a move which many fear could trigger a trade war. The case dates back to 2004 and a WTO dispute between the US and EU. The […] Read more...

Commissioner hearings high on drama

Commissioner hearings high on drama

by Editor | Posted on 04 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The 27 Members of Ursula von der Leyen’s European Commission have been undergoing a series of hearings in the European Parliament this week aimed at evaluating whether they are fit for their jobs. The hearings started on Monday 30 September with Irish Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan one of the first up. Hogan, who currently holds the Agriculture […] Read more...

Brexit: UK’s new proposals greeted with dismay by EU leaders

Brexit: UK’s new proposals greeted with dismay by EU leaders

by Editor | Posted on 04 Oct 2019 in Vulcan Insight

On Wednesday UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out in a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker his plans to resolve the issue of the Irish backstop. While Juncker stated that there were some ‘positive advances’ in the UK’s new plan, the proposal, presented by UK Chief Brexit negotiator David Frost, would mean physical […] Read more...

Vestager vs Multinational Corporations

Vestager vs Multinational Corporations

Posted on 27 Sep 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The European Commission has lost its case against Starbucks. In 2015 Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager ordered the Netherlands to recoup millions in unpaid taxes from the multinational. This decision was one of the first from the European Commission against a company of such scale after the LuxLeaks in 2014. The court has maintained a second […] Read more...

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