EU Priorities 2020

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Elections 21-06-2017

Macron loses his three most Europhile ministers

Three of Emmanuel Macron’s ministers have resigned to protect the government from a potential scandal over the employment of assistants in the European Parliament. The former ALDE group MEPs anchored Macron’s government firmly on the European stage. EURATIV France reports.

Future EU 21-06-2017

Macron prepares for first EU summit as a free political agent

Right, left or centre? In preparation for his first EU summit as president of France, Emmanuel Macron has chosen not to throw his lot in with any political family. He has his own strategy and expectations are high all round. EURACTIV France reports.

Digital 21-06-2017

Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria ‘presidency trio’ outlines priorities

Ministers representing the incoming Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies of the Council of the EU outlined on Tuesday (20 June) their priorities, which seem to differ substantially.

Brexit 19-06-2017

The Brief: Stop this Brexit madness

Stop this Brexit madness After months of stalling and political upheaval, London’s Brexit chief David Davis finally sat down with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier in Brussels today. For Britain, this marked the end of the phoney war. But the road to Brussels has already taken a heavy toll on the UK’s credibility, destroyed the unity …

Brexit 15-06-2017

European Commission offers ‘open arms’ for British return

European Commission deputy chief Frans Timmermans said Thursday (15 June) that he would welcome Britain back into the EU "with open arms" if it reconsidered its decision to quit the bloc.

Future EU 13-06-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: Make Erasmus more inclusive

The European Union is celebrating today 30 years of its 'Erasmus' programme. Approximately 9 million young people have already travelled to another EU country and some 1 million 'Erasmus babies' have been born.

Global Europe 12-06-2017

New Macedonia leaders vow to revive EU/NATO bid

Macedonia's new leaders showed fresh resolve to revive the country's stalled bid for membership of the EU and NATO on Monday (June 12) by vowing to mend relations with estranged EU neighbours Greece and Bulgaria and implement long-delayed reforms.

Future EU 26-05-2017

Trump scolding shadows most difficult G7 ‘in years’

US President Donald Trump, fresh from scolding Europe over military spending, slammed "bad" behaviour in trade by Germany as acrimony dogged the start of annual G7 summit talks on Friday (26 May).

Global Europe 26-05-2017

Trump still not backing Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump still refuses to back the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world leaders meeting in Sicily to get the new US leader to endorse the treaty, Italy's prime minister said today (26 May).