Swiss ties with the European Union, its biggest trading partner, face a critical test this week as Brussels decides whether the two sides have made enough progress on a stalled draft treaty to head off punitive measures set to start at the end of June.
Deadline looms for agreement on Swiss-EU ties
Swiss bourses face losing direct access to EU investors from July 1, as the European Commission reported on Tuesday that talks with Bern over a new partnership treaty had failed to progress.
Bourse sanctions loom as EU-Swiss talks stall
Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain’s prime minister, promised he would take the UK out of the European Union by Oct. 31, saying that only by preparing to leave without an agreement could a no-deal Brexit be prevented.
We will leave EU by Oct. 31, Johnson vows in pitch to be UK PM
Several hopefuls vying to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May turned their fire on favorite Boris Johnson on Sunday, questioning his pledge to leave the European Union by the end of October no matter what.
Taking aim at Johnson, PM hopefuls make Brexit case
Ireland will not allow the Northern Ireland “backstop” clause in Britain’s EU withdrawal agreement to be dropped because doing so would be as big a threat to the country as Britain leaving without a deal, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday.
Irish PM says no backstop as bad for Ireland as no Brexit deal
A conservative was sworn in on Saturday as Madrid’s new mayor, regaining control of the Spanish capital for his People’s Party (PP) after forging a rightist coalition involving the anti-immigration Vox group.
Spain's conservatives retake Madrid after forging rightist coalition

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