François Hollande does not want to chair the European Council when he steps down as French president in May, aides said yesterday (19 January), denying a report that he hoped to succeed Donald Tusk in overseeing negotiations on Britain's exit from the EU.
European leaders applauded Theresa May for providing clarity by finally outlining her plan for a clean break with the EU, but said she needed to be realistic about the price Britain would pay for leaving.
A summit of the EU heads of state and government without the UK will take place in Malta on 3 February, the Council announced on Wednesday (4 January). This is a follow-up to the Bratislava summit which started political discussions of the future of the EU after Brexit.
Donald Tusk suffered another attack from Poland's populist government on Monday (2 January), when Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski told Krakow radio station RMF FM that he was an “icon of evil and stupidity” and that he should stay “far away from Poland”.
Western democracies will be further challenged next year, as populist parties are expected to make gains in Europe, while China and Russia increasingly set the global agenda, taking advantage of a US withdrawal.
French President François Hollande and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker sent the German people their sympathies after a truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin yesterday evening (19 December) killing 12 people in what police this morning described as "an attack".
European Council President Donald Tusk weighed in on Poland's political crisis on Saturday (17 December), urging the ruling party to respect the constitution, the voters and the democratic process, as two days of anti-government protests spread from Warsaw to two other cities.
The heads of European Union institutions were given a mandate to plan a possible summit meeting with Turkish leaders in the coming months, Council President Donald Tusk said after the EU summit on Thursday (15 December).
Premier Lars Løkke Rasmussen was offered an arrangement for Denmark to continue using the Europol database today (15 December), to help minimise the consequences of the 2015 referendum in which Danes maintained their opt-out from EU justice and home affairs.
Thursday’s summit of EU leaders (15 December) will be a “minefield”, senior EU officials warned on Wednesday (14 December), citing a list of “sensitive, explosive stuff” that could blow up in their faces.
The European Union's centre-right grouping yesterday (13 December) elected Antonio Tajani as its candidate to replace Social Democrat Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament, a move that could increase calls for a reshuffle of other top EU jobs.
The European Union is putting its credibility and reputation at risk by letting internal political wrangling stall a promised easing of visa requirements for Ukraine and Georgia, the head of the European Council said.
Commission chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas took a question yesterday (6 December) on the consequences of the possible appointment of Mogherini as Prime Minister of Italy, following the resignation of Matteo Renzi.
The regular end-of-year summit of EU leaders will last only one day and will end with a dinner where Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is not invited, the indicative programme of the meeting showed yesterday (1 December).
Despite Britain’s referendum on the EU being called by a man, and both the Leave campaign and the Remain campaign being led by men, women now hold most of the cards when it comes to negotiating Brexit, a panel of experts for EurActiv.com has concluded.
The EU rebuffed a call from pro-Brexit British MPs for a quick deal on mutual residence rights for British and EU expatriates, telling them yesterday (29 November) it was up to their government to launch full-blown divorce talks.
It is in Poland's interest that Britain remains a European Union member and pays into the bloc's budget for as long as possible, Rzeczpospolita quoted Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski as saying on Tuesday (29 November).