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The Brief from Brussels: European Commission warns Macron about France's spending

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The Brief from Brussels: European Commission warns Macron about France's spending

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Macron warned of task to come

To send a clear warning to Emmanuel Macron, the President of the European Commission said that the French Government is spending too much and in the wrong way.

But the commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs is optimistic about the country’s ability to bring spending in line with EU rules and cutting its deficit.

EU/Mexico: shoring up trade agreements in face of US protectionism

Both Mexico and the European Union are having trouble doing more trade with their main partner, the United States.

So the EU and Mexico decided to strengthen their bilateral ties and revamp the free trade agreement, which has been in place since 2000, as soon as possible.

ECJ hearing on EU quota relocation system for refugees

Hungary and Slovakia filed a complaint against the European Council for the EU’s quota relocation system for refugees.

The system has been in place since September 2015, but these two member-states consider it illegal and though they have not received a single refugee.