Will Turkish become an EU language to help Cyprus reunification?

February 27, 2016 11:00 PM
By Peter Morris, European Movement

David Cameron has written to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his legal and negotiating team thanking them personally for their "creativity" in crafting last week's EU deal for Britain, Reuters reports: http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-cameron-letter-idUKKCN0VZ2FY

Europe's policy makers - not typically known for risk taking - are forging ahead with a new plan to align the Continent's disparate, and often contradictory, digital interests. The outcome, though, is far from assured, reports the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/opinion/sunday/could-the-internet-do-what-the-euro-couldnt.html?emc=edit_ee_20160227&nl=todaysheadlines-europe&nlid=74103272&_r=0

Cyprus has asked the Dutch EU presidency to make Turkish an official EU language, in a "gesture" that could help reunification and improve EU-Turkey relations, EUobserver reports: https://euobserver.com/institutional/132476

The United States "understands" why the European Union wants to include an investor court system in the proposed EU-US free trade agreement, discussed in Brussels this week, but the US' chief negotiator refrained from giving a substantive analysis of the EU plan, reports EUobserver: https://euobserver.com/economic/132478

European Council president Donald Tusk will visit five countries on the Balkan migration route, EUobserver reports. On 1-3 March Tusk will travel to Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and Greece "to continue building a European consensus on how to handle the migration crisis" and prepare the upcoming EU summits, the council has announced: https://euobserver.com/tickers/132475

The European Commission fully implemented 60 percent of Court of Auditors' recommendations and implemented 29 percent "in most respects", the ECA said in a report published Friday. "The Commission still needs to keep a better track of what we recommend," the guardian of EU finances said. EUobserver reports: https://euobserver.com/tickers/132471

With thanks to Peter Morris, European Movement