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Future EU 20-09-2017

Van Rompuy: Juncker’s single EU president idea ‘cannot deliver’

A week after the landmark State of the Union speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the first president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told EURACTIV.com that merging the two functions at the EU helm could run into legal and political obstacles.

15-09-2017

Tweets of the Week: A State of the Union special

This EU Tweets of the Week is a State of the Union special. We’ve got the hails and fails, wails and… sails?

Future EU 13-09-2017

State of the Union 2017 Live, as it happened

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual State of the European Union address at the European Parliament on Wednesday 13 September. EURACTIV.com brings you coverage, analysis and background from the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

13-09-2017

Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual State of the Union speech covered what the EU achieved last year and where the bloc is heading.

Elections 13-09-2017

Without changing treaties, Juncker changes the EU

The long-awaited State of the Union address delivered by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (13 September) has boldly set a plan for EU institutional change, without changing the Treaties.

Elections 12-09-2017

Some MEPs ready to pick the fight for pan-EU lists

In a somewhat heated debate on Monday (11 September), the European Parliament constitutional affairs committee inched forward the creation of transnational parliamentary lists, seizing the opportunity provided by Brexit.

11-09-2017

Duff : Is the European Parliament really a serious parliament?

Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. Today, circumstances have thrown it a golden opportunity to take another major step – but it looks as though MEPs are going to retreat again, argues Andrew Duff.

Future EU 08-09-2017

In Athens, Macron outlines ‘roadmap’ for European democratic revival

French President Emmanuel Macron sketched a plan to "rebuild" the European Union through wider democracy and public accountability at the start of a two-day visit to Greece on Thursday (7 September).

06-09-2017

Tajani maps out strategy for European Parliament 2019 elections

With just under two years to go until the next European elections, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has sketched out campaign priorities that rebuff Euroscepticism and populism in favour of getting more people to come out and vote.

Brexit 06-09-2017

Vision for EU takes centre stage in Juncker’s state of union address

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will outline his ideas for the future of Europe in his landmark annual speech before the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg on 13 September.

30-08-2017

Commission to review funds for anti-Roma discrimination

The European Commission will "brutally" review whether EU funding for anti-discrimination programmes is wasted, as part of its renewed efforts to make sure a new strategy for protecting Roma populations after 2020 actually works.

Future EU 28-08-2017

Macron to flesh out EU vision amid sliding popularity

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to flesh out his plans for Europe in a speech on Tuesday (29 August), after a weekend poll showed his "dissatisfaction rating" rising to 57%, up from 43% in July.

23-08-2017

12 European heads of state in 10 days: Macron’s diplomatic tour de force

The French president will meet 12 European heads of state in the coming 10 days during seven meetings. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 04-08-2017

Brexit to impact ‘every aspect of life’ in Northern Ireland: Irish PM

Brexit is "the challenge of our generation" with far-reaching consequences for all, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned Northern Ireland on Friday (4 August) on his first visit to the British province since taking office.

Economy & Jobs 02-08-2017

EU politicians should lead EU budget talks, not technocrats

Europe’s political leadership should be the one to take the lead in consultations and the responsibility to speed up individual political decisions on which technocrats will be called upon to adapt financial tools for their achievement, Stavros Kalafatis writes.

Freedom of thought 24-07-2017

Polish president vetoes controversial court reforms

Poland's president on Monday (24 July) vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions.

Economy & Jobs 13-07-2017

Macron urges greater eurozone convergence, presses Germany to act

The European Union remains an incomplete project and will require changes to its treaties that bring greater convergence between eurozone member states, French President Emmanuel Macron said in comments published on Thursday (13 July).

Brexit 10-07-2017

UK offer is far from what citizens are entitled to

The European Parliament’s political leaders and Brexit Steering Committee members condemn the UK’s “damp squib” of an offer on the rights of EU citizens and insist they will refuse to endorse a Brexit deal that strips EU citizens of their acquired rights.

Future EU 07-07-2017

Rodrigues: ‘This European Parliament can’t be led by a right-wing majority’

The European Parliament on Wednesday (5 July) failed to agree a common position on the Commission Work Programme for 2018. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Maria João Rodrigues welcomed this as a sign that the conservative domination of the legislature is coming to an end.

Future EU 06-07-2017

France continues to block debate on Strasbourg seat

The movement to establish a single European Parliament seat in Brussels has the wind in its sails. But France is resolutely blocking any serious debate on the closure of the institution’s Strasbourg premises. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 27-06-2017

SDG advocate: ‘Development projects cannot be designed in Brussels’

Development is not a one-way street, rather it is a dialogue, according to SDG advocate Dr Alaa Murabit. She told EURACTIV Germany that she supports the EU’s Consensus on Development but warned against making investment conditional.

Brexit 26-06-2017

Britain’s offer to EU nationals after Brexit

Britain set out its offer on Monday (26 June) to secure the rights of around 3.2 million European citizens living in the country after its exit from the European Union.

Future EU 23-06-2017

Macron makes link between poor French economy and refugees

Emmanuel Macron said there was “no glory” in France's track record on refugees because it reflected the country's weak economy.

Brexit 22-06-2017

Merkel calls UK offer on citizens’ rights a ‘good start’

Angela Merkel gave a subdued nod but no outright approval to British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposal to protect EU citizens' rights after Brexit, pouring cold water on May's promise of a “generous” offer on one of the most sensitive issues in the divorce talks.