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26/07/2016

Cameron gets okay for successor to trigger Brexit at Brussels ‘last supper’

People: Jean-Claude Juncker


Euro & Finance 26-07-2016

Has the Juncker Plan really boosted investment in Europe?

The Juncker Plan has put an end to Europe’s “investment breakdown”, according to the European Commission President. But many of its projects are no different to those normally financed by the European Investment Bank. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
UK & Europe 26-07-2016

Juncker tells UK: No single market without freedom of movement

Britain will need months of preparation before Brexit talks can start, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday (26 July), adding there would be no single market without accepting freedom of movement.
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Elections 19-07-2016

SPD chief backs Schulz's quest to stay in office

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) wants his party colleague Martin Schulz to continue in his role as a European Parliament president, contrary to a previous informal agreement. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Spain promotes self as 'bridge' between continents at Mongolia summit

At the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo outlined the role of his country as a "bridge" between Asia and Latin America. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

France struck on its national day by horrific terrorist attack

A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 80 in what President François Hollande today (15 July) called a "terrorist" attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Ifo economist: 'China may not become a market economy in our lifetime'

Critics warn that granting Market Economy Status to China would threaten millions of European jobs. This is an exaggerated view, Erdal Yalcin told EurActiv Germany.
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

UK's King could be a Commissioner ‘without portfolio’

The British ambassador to France, Sir Julian King, will take over as the UK's European Commissioner after the resignation of Jonathan Hill. It is not yet known which, if any, portfolio the diplomat will be given. EurActiv France reports.
Public Affairs 12-07-2016

How to prevent Barroso from becoming yet another lobbyist

Contrary to the salvific rhetoric embraced by the Juncker Commission there are legal obligations preventing José Manuel Barroso from taking up the job as non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs, write Alberto Alemanno and Benjamin Bodson.
Global Europe 09-07-2016

Obama downplays Brexit impact at NATO summit

US President Barack Obama insisted on Friday that (8 July) Brexit would not harm transatlantic unity, but warned against a bitter divorce undermining security in the face of a resurgent Russia.
Security 08-07-2016

Duda: NATO has to show unity, solidarity and determination

The two-day Warsaw NATO Summit began today (8 July) in Poland's capital. 28 national delegations representing all of the alliance's members will attend, as well as from 26 associated states, delegations of the World Bank, NATO headquarters, the UN and the EU.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Russia, Brexit loom over Warsaw NATO summit

NATO leaders meet today (8 July) for a landmark summit in Warsaw to send an uncompromising message to a resurgent Russia while trying to contain the fallout from Britain's dramatic vote to quit the European Union.

Rodrigues: Brexit blame game will throw Europe into chaos

If some big member states now try to take advantage of the UK referendum and put all the blame on ‘Brussels’, Europe will descend into chaos and none of our big problems will be solved, said Maria João Rodrigues in an interview with EurActiv.com.
UK & Europe 07-07-2016

Future EU-UK relations: Silver linings or rain clouds?

Now is not the time to get bogged down in what the EU treaties do and do not allow. We need a new vision for Europe that offers members the flexibility they need and can inspire future generations to embrace the European project, writes Tom Parker.
Euro & Finance 05-07-2016

Sanction procedure on Spain and Portugal within days

The European Commission has postponed again triggering unprecedented sanction procedures against Spain and Portugal for breaching the EU’s fiscal rules, but will formally adopt the decision by 8 July, EU sources told EurActiv.com today (July 5)
Euro & Finance 05-07-2016

Why Germany has had enough of Juncker

According to the Sunday Times, Angela Merkel sees Jean-Claude Juncker as "part of the problem" with the EU. But it was she who installed him at the head of the European Commission in 2014. So why the change of mind now? EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
UK & Europe 05-07-2016

Juncker lashes out at ‘unpatriotic’ Brexiteers Farage and Johnson

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker sharply criticised politicians Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson as the "sad heroes" of Brexit who backed out of leading Britain through the EU exit they had campaigned for.
UK & Europe 05-07-2016

Juncker: ‘Patriots don't resign when things get difficult – they stay’

“I could understand that the remain camp needs weeks to reflect but I don’t understand that the Brexit camp needs months before knowing what to do,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (5 July) in Strasbourg.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.
Euro & Finance 05-07-2016

Spain and Portugal braced for EU deficit verdict on 12 July

The Slovak presidency of the EU expects the European Commission to recommend sanctions against Spain and Portugal for breaching EU budget deficit rules this week, in time for a decision at the upcoming Ecofin meeting of finance ministers on 12 July.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Juncker: We are not at war with Slovakia, we are friends

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sought to downplay the impression that tensions are building as a result of the push of member states, under the leadership of the Slovak presidency which started today (1 July), to repatriate powers at the expense of the Union’s institutions.
Trade & Society 29-06-2016

EU leaders on collision course with Commission over CETA

The European Commission's announcement that the EU-Canada trade deal will be concluded without the involvement of national parliaments has sparked debate at the EU summit in Brussels and was met with outrage in a number of countries. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reportedly told EU leaders on Tuesday (28 June) that the Commission considers the Comprehensive Economic and …

Global Europe 29-06-2016

Visegrad calls for complete change of EU-27

As the EU summit continues today (29 June) without UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the Visegrad group comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, will call for an inside out change of the functioning of the EU and its institutions.
UK & Europe 28-06-2016

Cameron gets okay for successor to trigger Brexit at Brussels ‘last supper’

British Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to deny the United Kingdom had collapsed “politically, monetarily, constitutionally and economically” last night, after his final summit with EU leaders before the UK leaves the bloc.