Britain's PM Theresa May is under fire for apparently using the fight against terrorism as a "Brexit" bargaining chip. That sparked an angry reaction from some EU officials, who said security was too important to be used in trade negotiations.
German companies have demanded that Britain agrees by next week to an interim phase for its exit from the EU. If no deal is reached at an EU summit, firms must begin planning for a worst-case "hard Brexit."
How should the UK react to the attempted murder in Salisbury? A cyberattack on Moscow? Further sanctions? Whatever the action, May is missing partners. Brexit has already rendered the UK isolated, says Barbara Wesel.
EU ministers are to discuss new security initiatives with the Western Balkans in what is seen as the first step toward EU accession. Brussels has said it hopes the Western Balkan states will join the bloc by 2025.
The prime minister maintains that Britain is worse off when it abides by decisions made in Brussels. But an industry services lobbying group says finance companies are already fleeing Britain.
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