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More services integration needed to reinvigorate Europe

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Elections 25-10-2016

Manuel Valls, a credible Plan B for president?

The French prime minister on Saturday (22 October) stressed the need for the left to unite ahead of next year's presidential elections. The popularity of Socialist President François Hollande is in decline once again. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Enlargement 25-10-2016

Kosovo still dreams of EU and NATO membership

Kosovo's foreign affairs minister has reaffirmed his country's ambitions to join both NATO and the European Union, in an interview with EurActiv Spain.
Euro & Finance 25-10-2016

Jean Tirole: 'I hope Europe and the UK can prevent Brexit'

Brexit triumphed through demagogy and populism, according to the economist Jean Tirole, who calls for a U-turn to prevent Europe falling to the forces of separatism.
Future EU 24-10-2016

Hungary's Orban rejects 'Sovietisation' by Brussels, defends nation state

At a commemoration of a 1956 anti-Communist uprising, Hungary's right-wing leader Viktor Orbán said his country must stand up to Europe's "Sovietisation" and defend its borders against mass migration.
Future EU 21-10-2016

#EUCO Summit Live: Migration, trade and Russia top the agenda

EU leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday (20-21 October) to discuss the still ongoing migration crisis and the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA. Follow our live feed for all the latest developments.
Future EU 21-10-2016

The End of Europe

The EU risks disintegration with the emergence of a xenophobic and populist wave. The European project needs to be completely rethought, far from the current state of exception, argues historian Enzo Traverso.

Populism in Europe stoking violence, say gay activists

Activists at Europe's biggest annual gay rights conference warned today (21 October) that populist political movements across the continent are stoking violence against minorities.
UK & Europe 20-10-2016

May sets down summit marker on future meetings of EU-27

UK Prime Minister Theresa May last night (20 October) told EU leaders that Britain would not just rubber-stamp agreements made between the other member states when they meet as 27.
Future EU 20-10-2016

Soul-searching social democrats issue a mea culpa and mull rebirth

In a move to reinvent themselves, social democrats vowed on Wednesday (19 October) to set in motion a reform that would make space for young people to take centre stage.
EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2016

Macron promises to lead the 'fight' for Europe

Emmanuel Macron, the "non-candidate" for the French presidential election, presented his vision for the European Union at the Brussels Days event in the EU capital on Wednesday (19 October). EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 18-10-2016

Catalan leader insists EU will recognise independent Catalonia

President of the Catalan Generalitat Carles Puigdemont told a Paris conference that the EU would recognise an independent Catalonia, citing the example of Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia, as well as Scotland and its dissatisfaction with Brexit. EurActiv Spain reports.
UK & Europe 18-10-2016

Leaderless UKIP not in 'death spiral', party insists

The UK Independence Party was thrown into further turmoil on Monday (17 October) with the resignation from the party of its favourite for the leadership, Steven Woolfe, who branded the party "ungovernable" without Nigel Farage.

Future EU 17-10-2016

A budget that connects citizens with the EU

Increasing the bloc’s revenue with own resources and strengthening the link between policy goals and spending would make the EU more dynamic and more relevant to its citizens, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Future EU 14-10-2016

EU grandees seek plan to revive pride, wake up Europe after Brexit vote

Faced with the shocks that have disrupted the European construct, a number of opinion-makers, former Commissioners, ministers, and parliamentarians have slammed the European 'intellectual disease' which has prevented leaders using common sense to reignite the sense of pride in the EU project - starting with the young generation.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

Tusk: Europe’s anti-liberals look up to Putin and support Trump

European Council President Donald Tusk defended the “liberal democracy” on which the present EU has been built and warned against the anti-liberal “virus” which plays into the hands of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Future EU 13-10-2016

Live: EU begins to talk life after UK

The negotiations haven't even started yet, with the now infamous Article 50 yet to be triggered by Theresa May's government. Things are starting to take shape and the news will come thick and fast. Follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments and talking points.
Future EU 13-10-2016

How to overcome Europe’s big disconnect: Lessons from a crowdsourcing exercise

Europe lacks a clear sense of purpose, write Pascal Lamy and Eric Labaye. A new narrative and some concrete projects might help put it back on track, they write, drawing inspiration from an essay contest whose results are being announced this week.
Future EU 11-10-2016

EU puts ‘ever closer union’ on hold

As the EU prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the “ever closer union” principle that underpinned the European project is being put on hold as the bloc struggles to survive its annus horribilis.
UK & Europe 11-10-2016

‘Lot of work to be done’ on Brexit says Danish PM after meeting May

Denmark’s prime minister has warned that the UK still has “quite a lot of work to be done” to figure out its Brexit negotiation position, after meeting with the British prime minister last night (10 October).
UK & Europe 07-10-2016

Juncker rages against the UK and Hungary

The EU must be "unyielding" in the face of Britain's demands on the terms for its divorce from the bloc, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said today (7 October). He also took aim at Hungary, following the Central European country's recent referendum on migrant quotas.
UK & Europe 07-10-2016

Hollande argues for ‘firm’ stance on Brexit

French President François Hollande warned last night (6 October) against the continued "ambiguity" surrounding Britain's EU membership, arguing in favour of tough Brexit negotiations with the UK.
Public Affairs 06-10-2016

Parliament calls for tougher action to stop Commission’s revolving doors

EU lawmakers have demanded the European executive strengthen its code of conduct for Commissioners, following the repeated revolving door scandals involving former members of the Barroso Commission. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 05-10-2016

Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to ‘bring European democracy to life’

Though not yet an official candidate for the French presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron this week (4 October) presented plans for sweeping changes to the French – and European – system of representative democracy. EurActiv France reports.

More services integration needed to reinvigorate Europe

Goods can be traded freely across the EU, but the same cannot, in practice, be said of services. Less restrictions in the sector would yield enormous economic benefits, argue Arup Banerij, Doerte Doemeland and Sanja Madžarević Šujster.