EU negotiators have resumed talks over a multi-year budget that would cut spending for the firsr time. But the European Parliament is still threatening a veto, while the British premier could get the cutbacks he has hoped for.
Scores of MEPs have made an emotional appeal to Britain's government to think about future generations and remain in the European Union. The lawmakers say they want to "send a signal" that the UK is welcome to stay.
Italy's Matteo Salvini and Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski share a similar brand of nationalist politics. As the two meet in Warsaw, they are hoping to create a united conservative bloc for the European Parliament elections.
Higher than expected tax revenue and lower spending have led to the surplus, the fifth in as many years. Still, no one is rushing to invest the extra cash, something critics say is desperately needed.
The EU is set for a makeover in 2019, but familiar problems — populism, trade disputes, migration and budget deficits — continue to weigh on the bloc. DW's Bernd Riegert takes a look at what to expect this year.
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