This week: The EUâ€™s place in the world â€” and the Western Balkansâ€™ place in the EU. And we dive deep into the murky world EU lobbying.
POLITICOâ€™s David M. Herszenhorn and Lili Bayer join Andrew Gray from Slovenia, where EU leaders met for a dinner discussion about the blocâ€™s role on the international stage and held a summit with their Western Balkan counterparts.
David talks us through what French President Emmanuel Macron told him about whether France and the United States can patch things up after a big blow-up over a scuppered submarine deal.
Lili and David also discuss the divisions within the EU over letting Western Balkan countries into the club and the regionâ€™s frustrations with the bloc.
And Lili outlines a recent in-depth story she and POLITICOâ€™s Zosia Wanat published about concerns that the EUâ€™s enlargement commissioner, OlivÃ©r VÃ¡rhelyi of Hungary, has been favoring Serbiaâ€™s EU bid and playing down democracy concerns, according to officials and internal documents.
Then we turn things over to our Chief Technology Correspondent Mark Scott, who brings us up to speed on his series of investigations into European politics news sites that promoted the interests of governments, companies and wealthy individuals without disclosing connections to them.
The first story looks at Brussels news outlet EU Reporter and its blend of reporting and political advocacy, where itâ€™s often been impossible for readers to tell which is which.
The second examines EU Reporterâ€™s relationship with Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant.
And the most recent article examines the wider web of individuals within the Brussels Bubble who blur the lines between journalism and pushing the agendas of commercial clients.