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23/01/2017

The Brief: Cracks appear in EU’s united front on Brexit

People: Jean-Claude Juncker


Elections 20-01-2017

Parliament vice-presidents election goes off without hitch

The halfway point of the European Parliament’s mandate means vice-presidency, qaestor and committee roles all need to be reallocated. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 20-01-2017

Hollande has no plans to replace Tusk, aides say

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.

Three principles to make or break European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Pillar of Social Rights is the European Commission’s attempt to create the social ‘triple A’ rating that its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, set as a goal of his term in office. Its success is hinged on whether the EU puts social rights at the heart of its work, writes Jana Hainsworth.
Future EU 18-01-2017

EU won’t punish Britain for Brexit, claims Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (18 January) said that the executive was not looking to punish Britain in EU-UK negotiations over Brexit.
Global Europe 13-01-2017

Cyprus reunification talks conclude with plan to keep talking

Talks to resolve the decades-old division of Cyprus ended without agreement yesterday (12 January) but with a plan for officials to reconvene on 18 January to tackle its thorny security question, before a fresh attempt to forge a political deal.
Future EU 12-01-2017

Malta bets on pragmatic idealism for its EU presidency

As the EU enters a period of uncertainty with elections in France and Germany, and the UK initiating a process to leave the bloc, the prime minister of Malta, whose government holds the six-month presidency of the EU until June, promised on Wednesday (11 January) to align results with the concerns of EU citizens.
Global Europe 12-01-2017

Guterres, Juncker head to Geneva for Cyprus talks

New UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend talks in Geneva today (12 January) aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since taking office on 1 January. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will also be there.
11-01-2017

The Brief: UK heals deep divisions between EU member states

People say that the EU is riven with deep divisions but in fact, those splits are healing and a brave new sense of unity is emerging.
Enlargement 09-01-2017

Cyprus future in the balance as new peace talks begin

Rival Cypriot leaders resumed UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva today (9 January), billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.
Public Affairs 05-01-2017

NGOs demand Commission deny Oettinger human resources portfolio

A group of NGOs has called on the European Parliament to oppose the proposal by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to put Günther Oettinger in charge of supervising human resources for the EU executive.
Euro & Finance 02-01-2017

Juncker accused of blocking EU efforts against tax avoidance

Jean-Claude Juncker deliberately blocked the EU's efforts to fight tax avoidance while in office as prime minister of Luxembourg, according to documents revealed by British daily The Guardian and the International Consortium of Journalists. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 02-01-2017

European infrastructure needs more than public funding

Europe’s leaders are stuck on the horns of a huge dilemma: how to invest more in critical infrastructure without burdening taxpayers further. Private capital is ready to invest in transport, energy, telecoms and healthcare, but existing barriers are holding it back, writes Michael Collins.
Future EU 23-12-2016

2017 seen as turning point for liberal democracies

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.
Health & Consumers 22-12-2016

EU member states still divided over endocrine disruptor regulation

At a meeting of experts yesterday (21 December) the European Commission failed to bridge the gap between member states on setting criteria for endocrine disruptors.
Security 20-12-2016

Berlin Christmas market attack ‘affects all Europe’

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".
Euro & Finance 20-12-2016

Prosecutors call for leniency against LuxLeaks whistleblowers

Prosecutors yesterday (19 December) recommended reduced sentences for two whistleblowers in the LuxLeaks tax scandal during closing arguments at an appeal trial in Luxembourg.
Public Affairs 19-12-2016

Commission ups the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate new Commissioner

Brussels today (19 December) increased the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate a Commissioner to replace Kristalina Georgieva, by saying that the digital economy portfolio will only be available until the end of this week.
16-12-2016

The Brief: European Parliament, bring out your dead!

When Europe was in the grips of the Black Death, men would pull carts through stricken villages, ringing a bell and crying, “Bring out your dead!”

Juncker pledges action on Horizon 2020 problems, hints at rule changes

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has assured a Romanian MEP that problems with the Horizon 2020 research scheme will be addressed and even hinted at changes to the rules governing the research programme. EurActiv Romania reports.

Enlargement 16-12-2016

EU plans summit with Turkey

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).

Denmark offered arrangement for 'specific' Europol membership

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.
Euro & Finance 15-12-2016

Juncker: Italy's banking problems can be solved, EU will help

Italy's banking problems can be solved and the EU will do everything to help, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (14 December), dismissing fears of something akin to the euro crisis.
Public Affairs 15-12-2016

Trump yet to speak to EU leader

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's spokesperson's service gave muddled accounts of the first trans-Atlantic conversation between their boss and America's new leadership.
14-12-2016

The Brief: Cracks appear in EU's united front on Brexit

The uniformity of the EU’s response to Brexit has been striking but today the first cracks in that carefully crafted unity appeared.