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19/02/2017

Martin Schulz’s rapid rise from Brussels man to chancellor candidate

People: Jean-Claude Juncker


UK & Europe 17-02-2017

Juncker warns Brexit deal will take longer than two years to negotiate

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker believes it will probably take longer than two years to agree on all the arrangements for Britain to leave the European Union, he said on Thursday (16 February).
Global Europe 17-02-2017

Juncker: Europe must not bow to Trump’s demands on NATO

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (16 February) that Europe must not cave in to US demands to raise military spending, arguing that development and humanitarian aid could also count as security. His chief spokesperson however said different things.
Transport 16-02-2017

Pressure mounts on EU to pull the plug on contentious German road toll law

EU transport chief Violeta Bulc has defended the European Commission's move to vouch for a controversial German road toll bill that has spurred blistering critique and threats of a lawsuit from 11 neighbouring countries.

Austrian Chancellor Kern says breakthrough on posted workers 'decisive'

Chancellor Christian Kern defended Austria's push for a law to prevent social dumping from poorer EU countries after a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker where Austria's demand for childcare benefit cuts for EU foreigners took centre stage.
UK & Europe 11-02-2017

Juncker will not seek second term as European Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker will not seek a second term as European Commission president, once his first mandate ends in 2019.
Europe's East 10-02-2017

EU shells out €600m in Ukraine aid

The EU will give Ukraine €600 million to bolster government finances, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today (10 February), as Kiev faces an upsurge in fighting with pro-Russian rebels.
Global Europe 10-02-2017

MEPs urge EU countries to boost defence cooperation ‘in times of external crisis’

In light of the new fragile status quo in international politics, MEPs passed yesterday (09 February) a resolution urging member states to show greater political will to cooperate in the defence field.

Minimum wages soar across Europe in bid to curb social inequality

Minimum wages increased in most EU countries last year in an effort to redress social dumping, a new research has found.
UK & Europe 06-02-2017

French PM says Britain must agree divorce terms before trade deal

Britain must discuss the terms of its divorce from the EU before talks on any future trade agreement can start, French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned on Monday (6 February).
Gas 06-02-2017

The Brief: EU is a desperate energy junkie

Energy can be a dirty business. But when you import more than half your supplies every year, sometimes you just have to get a deal done.

EU halts release of anti-corruption report

In Romania, politicians were preparing to legalise political corruption, and elsewhere the misuse of EU funds makes headlines every day. Sandor Lederer asks why has the Commission decided not to release an in-depth anti-corruption report.
Future EU 03-02-2017

Europe looks beyond March summit to forge vision

The 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty next month is unlikely to be celebrated with a landmark roadmap for future EU integration, as diverging views continue to undermine efforts to forge a common vision.
02-02-2017

The Brief: Juncker dresses down Commission’s Davos dozen

Jean-Claude Juncker is “not a great fan” of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Commission said today.
Global Europe 02-02-2017

Libyan PM demands more EU money ahead of Malta summit

Libya’s western-backed prime minister has complained that his country is only receiving “very small amounts” from the EU, ahead of a key summit on the central Mediterranean migration route on Friday (3 February) in Malta.
Euro & Finance 02-02-2017

Juncker scolds a dozen Commissioners for flocking to Davos

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker scolded his Commissioners for flocking to the World Economic Forum in Davos at a weekly meeting of the executive’s top brass.
Elections 02-02-2017

Romanians stage biggest protests since the fall of communism

Hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets across Romania on Wednesday (1 February) to protest the government's decriminalising of a string of corruption offences, the largest demonstrations since the fall of communism in 1989.
Elections 01-02-2017

Juncker, Timmermans issue stern warning against Romania’s ‘backtracking’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice-President Frans Timmermans issued a stern warning today (1 February) after the Romanian government issued an emergency decree reducing penalties for corruption, allowing several politicians to avoid criminal prosecution.
Public Affairs 31-01-2017

Campaigners: Commission ethics group needs teeth after Barroso/Kroes scandals

A small, internal group that reviews ethics breaches at the European Commission should be turned into a legal inquiry board and given its own staff to better police potential scandals like former President Jose Manuel Barroso's lobbying job with Goldman Sachs, transparency campaigners contend.
Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Elections 31-01-2017

Bulgaria to set record for Commission vacancy

Bulgaria's caretaker government will not nominate a Commissioner to replace Kristalina Georgieva, which means that her position will not be filled before May, it became clear on Monday (30 January).
Euro & Finance 30-01-2017

Italy ups spending on earthquake clean-up, despite Commission deficit request

The Italian government will start to increase spending on emergency funds this week to deal with the earthquakes that have struck the country, independent of a European Commission request to reduce its structural deficit. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Bulgaria’s Radev: 'I fear EU will remain hostage of sanctions war against Russia'

EXCLUSIVE / "Bulgaria’s choice of the EU and NATO is strategic and should not be called into question," the country's new President, Rumen Radev, told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview as he arrives in Brussels today (30 January) for his first visit abroad.
Global Europe 26-01-2017

Juncker camp unimpressed by euro collapse forecast

The European Commission chief spokesperson used old quotes by his boss Jean-Claude Juncker to respond to a US politician close to President Donald Trump, who made dire predictions about the future of the EU and its common currency.
Elections 26-01-2017

Martin Schulz's rapid rise from Brussels man to chancellor candidate

Martin Schulz is known in Germany mainly as a European politician and an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. But later this year they will face off in the country's leadership race. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.