May prepares to bow out as successor poised for keys to No. 10

May prepares to bow out as successor poised for keys to No. 10

Posted on 19 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week gave the last major speech of her premiership as she prepares to depart 10 Downing Street. In her final address May took a swipe at what she referred to as a growing trend in the politics of  “absolutism – one which believes that if you simply assert your […] Read more...

Von der Leyen Secures Commission Presidency

Von der Leyen Secures Commission Presidency

Posted on 19 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

On Tuesday MEPs narrowly ratified Ursula von der Leyen as the new President of the European Commission – making her the first woman to fill the EU’s top job. The former German Defence Minister won ratification by a margin of just 9 votes.  Von der Leyen pledged to put forward a “green deal for Europe” […] Read more...

UK Ambassador to the US resigns

UK Ambassador to the US resigns

by Editor | Posted on 12 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Britain’s Ambassador to the US resigned on Wednesday following the leak of confidential reports in which he criticized US president Donald Trump. The reports which describe Mr. Trump as ‘insecure’ and his administration as ‘uniquely dysfunctional’ were leaked to Mail on Sunday. The US President responded to the leaks by saying his administration would no […] Read more...

Irish government publishes Brexit Contingency Action Plan

Irish government publishes Brexit Contingency Action Plan

by Editor | Posted on 12 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The Irish government published an updated version of the Brexit Contingency Action Plan on Tuesday 9 July. The 117 page report outlines the government’s contingency plans in the case of a no deal, recognizing that there is now a ‘significant risk’ of the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal on 31 October. […] Read more...

Von der Leyen charm offensive begins in earnest

Von der Leyen charm offensive begins in earnest

by Editor | Posted on 12 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen continued her charm offensive in Brussels. The German nominee must impress the European Parliament Political Groups to make her way to the 13th floor of the Berlaymont. MEPs posed questions related to Brexit, climate change, rule of law and the institutional structures of the EU during the first […] Read more...

Finland kicks off EU presidency

Finland kicks off EU presidency

Posted on 05 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

In the midst of frantic negotiations in Brussels over the allocation of the top EU jobs, you would be forgiven for not noticing that Finland this week took over the rotating EU Presidency. The Finnish Presidency, its third since 1999, follows on from a successful Romanian mandate in which ninety pieces of legislation were agreed […] Read more...

EU and Mercosur countries reach a trade deal

EU and Mercosur countries reach a trade deal

Posted on 05 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

After 20 years, the EU and Mercosur founding members Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have concluded a momentous trade deal. The negotiations started in 1999, with talks intensifying in 2016. The deal is the largest ever negotiated by the EU covering 773 million people and is set to save European companies over €4 billion in […] Read more...

European leaders reach a decision on EU’s top jobs

European leaders reach a decision on EU’s top jobs

Posted on 05 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

After three days of intensive negotiations at the European Council Summit in Brussels, leaders finally agreed on a list of candidates to fill the EU’s top jobs. Ursula von der Leyen has been proposed as the candidate for President of the European Commission. Currently serving as Germany’s Defence Minister and a key ally of Angela […] Read more...

G20 leaders meet in Osaka

G20 leaders meet in Osaka

by Editor | Posted on 28 Jun 2019

The G20 Summit will take place this week on 28 and 29 June in Osaka, Japan. The top themes of this year’s summit will be the global economy, trade and investment, innovation and environment and energy. The ongoing US-China trade war will dominate discussion, with any statement by President Trump or Xi Jinping likely to […] Read more...

Chinese investment soars in Western Balkans

Chinese investment soars in Western Balkans

by Editor | Posted on 28 Jun 2019 in Vulcan Insight

China has capitalised on a decision by the European Union to postpone membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia. The timing of this delay from the European Union has allowed China to fill a void in the Western Balkans. Chinese support for Montenegro is evident through the 200 metres tall and 1-kilometre long bridge over […] Read more...

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