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30/07/2016

Merkel warns of return to nationalism unless EU protects borders

People: Matteo Renzi


UK & Europe 27-07-2016

May cautious on route to Brexit as Rome urges clear timeline

UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday (27 July) said Britain would take the time needed to steer its way towards the EU exit as Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi urged a clear timeline to deliver Brexit.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

EU readies contingency plan for possible Monte Paschi wind down

European Union authorities are making contingency plans for the possible winding down of Banca Monte dei Paschi if the Italian lender has a poor reading in stress tests this week and no private or public support is available, an EU official said.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

Italy and Spain test EU’s 'intelligent' use of economic rules

The European Commission is expected to fine Spain on Wednesday (26 July), but it will give two extra years to Madrid to adjust its budget - while the commissioners pledge a solution for Italian banks that will protect small investors.
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

Stick ‘close to the EU’, Cameron tells May as he hands over power

Departing British Prime Minister David Cameron told his successor on Wednesday (13 July) to “be as close to the European Union as we can be”, as he handed over the reins of power to Theresa May.
Future EU 12-07-2016

Boschi: Italian constitutional reform and EU reform are equally needed

On a visit to Brussels, Italy's Maria Elena Boschi received a show of support from the major political groups in the European Parliament and from the Commission, ahead of the do-or-die referendum in October on constitutional reform.
Future EU 12-07-2016

Hollande to embark on tour to reinforce EU-27 ties

French President François Hollande will shortly be embarking on a European tour in a bid to reinforce ties between European Union member states following Britain’s referendum to leave the body.
Elections 07-07-2016

Italy's 5 Star Movement overtakes Renzi's Democrats in opinion polls

Fresh from its successes in last month's local ballots, the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (M5S) is now Italy's most popular party and would easily win if a national election were held today, three opinion polls showed this week.

Accenture digital chief: ‘Oettinger is doing a great job’

The completion of the Digital Single Market will play a crucial role in the transformation of European companies, Accenture's Bruno Berthon told EurActiv.com. One of the main challenges, he believes, will be deciding how companies share data.
Euro & Finance 01-07-2016

Spain, Portugal sanctions on the table despite Brexit, EU warns

The European Commission will make a final decision next Tuesday (5 July) on whether to launch sanction procedures against Spain and Portugal for breaching EU fiscal rules, officials told EurActiv.com.
UK & Europe 28-06-2016

Commission in bid to lead 'tough' Brexit talks with UK

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is ready to take a “tough stance” with the UK. Rallying behind its boss, the executive’s legal arm confirmed its support for Juncker taking charge of the negotiatians, EurActiv.com has learnt.
Global Europe 28-06-2016

Cameron heads to Brussels for awkward divorce encounter

With England's disgraced football team returning from France after being dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, Prime Minister David Cameron heads to Brussels today (28 June) for an awkward encounter with his 27 counterparts.
Euro & Finance 22-06-2016

Italy’s 5 Star Movement wants euro referendum

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement, buoyed by its big gains in local elections, used its resurgent strength to press demands for a national a referendum on whether to keep the euro.
Global Europe 21-06-2016

France wants EU summit to discuss Russia sanctions

France on Monday (20 June) called for EU leaders to have a full discussion on the future of economic sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine, even though they are expected to be rolled over shortly.
Elections 20-06-2016

Renzi suffers vote setback as Five Star makes big breakthrough

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was trounced by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in local elections in Rome and Turin on Sunday (19 June), clouding his chances of winning a do-or-die referendum in October.
Global Europe 17-06-2016

Putin makes pitch for better Europe ties as economy suffers

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday (17 June) said he was willing to reach out to Europe to mend relations shattered by the Ukraine crisis but insisted the West was  responsible for the bad blood.
Security 16-06-2016

Juncker restarts dialogue with Putin on the eve of sanctions renewal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will try to narrow the gap between the two sides against the backdrop of the numerous challenges both leaders face.
Elections 06-06-2016

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star flourishes in Rome, challenging Renzi

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement looked set to take charge of Rome following municipal elections yesterday (5 June) that saw it make gains in other Italian cities and pile pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
UK & Europe 01-06-2016

Brexit: an opportunity to be exploited

As the referendum looms large on the horizon, there are two ways of facing the threat of Brexit: despondency or trying to make something positive out of the situation, writes Robert Cox.
Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

Moscovici wants to make EU deficit rules more flexible

Pierre Moscovici, has said he hopes that all the EU’s excessive deficit procedures will be over by 2017. A change in the European deficit rules may be on the horizon. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 18-05-2016

Commission to punish Spain and Portugal, ‘pardon’ Italy, on deficits

Spain and Portugal will get only one extra year to fulfil EU fiscal rules on their defecits, once sanctions against both countries are adopted, while Italy will escape an infringement procedure, EurActiv.com has learned.
Trade & Society 11-05-2016

European Parliament unites against Chinese MES

In a move that could change the lines of the debate, the European Parliament’s left and right have united to oppose the Council and Commission over Chinese market economy status. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Foreign Affairs council may discuss controversial Afghan repatriation plan

Development ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday (12 May) may discuss a controversial proposal to repatriate some 80,000 Afghans to their homeland, it emerged Tuesday (10 May).

Juncker calls Brenner controls 'political catastrophe'

Austria imposing controls on its border with Italy would be a "political catastrophe" for Europe, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Saturday (7 May).
Elections 06-05-2016

Merkel warns of return to nationalism unless EU protects borders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (5 May) urged European leaders to protect EU borders or risk a "return to nationalism" as the continent battles its worst migration crisis since World War II.