"The report should be viewed as an opportunity for member states to reflect on their own state of rule of law and possibly learn from those best performing countries that are in line with the acceptable rule of law standard found in the Copenhagen criteria." Dr Andi Hoxhaj of Warwick Law comments on the the first EU Rule of Law report which has been criticised by Hungary and Poland.
As six EU countries agree to take in over 200 migrants stranded off Malta Dr Felicita Tramontana agrues that the deal further underlines divisions in the EU over the migrant issue.
The UK government has restated its commitment to leaving the EU's custom union - ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week. Last Wednesday, the government suffered defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Lords on the issue of staying in a UK-EU customs union after Brexit. And MPs will get their own chance to debate the issue on Thursday. However Dr Kirill Pogorelskiy, Assistant Professor of Economics, comments that trade-offs are inevitable.
The UK government is reportedly prepared to double the 'divorce' bill it pays the EU in order to leave. Dr Pierre Purseigle, expert on European politics and Brexit, comments on the story.