Sergei Scripal’s and his daughter’s poisoning came as a bolt out of the blue, barely a week before Russia’ deadweight presidential election. Russia has been adopting an emboldened projection of its power over the past years, however this was particularly brazen.… Be Informed
POLITICO: If there’s one member of the European Parliament who is thriving on the Brexit process (rather than mourning it, or popping Champagne bottles) it’s Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in Parliament, and the institution’s Brexit coordinator.
Put simply, this role gives Verhofstadt what he loves and uses most effectively — a platform and megaphone — without the formal burden of responsibility that rests on the shoulders of the EU’s Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, and national leaders.… Be Informed
Malta: ‘Nu Bis Centre is a novel concept designed to host financial, asset management and corporate service industries and is now at an advanced stage of development.
The highly-finished building is located on the outskirts of Lija, making it highly accessible and much less susceptible to the traffic congestion associated with the North Harbour and Southern districts.… Be Informed
Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.4% in March 2018, up from 1.1% in February, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, food, alcohol & tobacco is expected to have the highest annual rate in March (2.2%, compared with 1.0% in February), followed by energy (2.0%, compared with 2.1% in February), services (1.5%, compared with 1.3% in February) and non-energy industrial goods (0.2%, compared with 0.6% in February).… Be Informed
Politico reports that Brussels is fearing Spanish olives, and potentially the EU’s agricultural policy as a whole, are the next potential victims of Donald Trump’s “America First” policy.
The U.S. Department of Commerce opened a probe last month to determine whether to slap duties on ripe olives from Spain, after Californian producers argued their Iberian rivals receive an unfair advantage because of the EU’s lavish farm subsidy scheme.… Be Informed
One of the main burdens which come with the job of being President of Italy is the formation of a Government. In the country where football is a religion and a way of life, one can easily interpret the President’s role as that of the glorified Commissario Tecnico (CT) who’s responsible of creating a National Team.… Be Informed