Category: June

Will Italy’s Populists Upend Europe?

“They are trying to stop us with the usual blackmail of rising spreads, falling stock markets, and European threats,” wrote Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s League party, on his Facebook page. “This time,” Salvini insisted, “change is coming.”

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The European Defence Fund

In the coming years, defence companies are likely to have access to significant EU funding for joint research or capability projects at the development stage. The EU will allocate 90 million euros over three years to research between 2017 and 2019 within the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR), and 500 million euros over the period 2019-2020 for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP).

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The german Commissioner was wrong on only one point

Seldom has good, practical, sense –the mere statement of the self-evident–, been so promptly and universally chastised under the rules of political correctness, and so swiftly vindicated by events. A few days ago the German European Commissioner, Mr. Oettinger, expressed his belief –this is a synoptic version of what he actually said–, that the reaction of markets will educate Italians to vote more intelligently.

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