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24/08/2016

Ratings agency: EU ‘unsustainable in its current form’

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Europe's East 24-08-2016

Ukraine’s fight against corruption deserves EU support

It is crucial that the EU continues to help Ukraine fight its 'culture of corruption' in its struggle to establish democracy and integration into the West, writes Mark Demesmaeker on its 25th independence day anniversary.
EU Priorities 2020 24-08-2016

Why we should talk more about Europe and less about the crisis

Why are the irregularities of the financial markets and immigration being grouped together as a solidarity crisis in Europe? Dr. Senka Neuman Stanivukovic and Jesse van Amelsvoort argue that the time is ripe for a more sober problematisation of current European politics.
Future EU 23-08-2016

Scots warn of Brexit costs as Sturgeon ups pressure on UK

Leaving the European Union will sap Scotland's economy by between £1.7 billion and £11.2 billion pounds (about €2 billion to €13 billion) by 2030, depending on which new trade relationship Britain chooses, the Scottish government said on Tuesday (23 August).
Future EU 23-08-2016

'Big Three' leaders insist EU not finished after Brexit

The leaders of Italy, France and Germany insisted Monday (22 August) that Britain's shock decision to quit the European Union would not kill the bloc. Merkel suggested she could be flexible over EU budget rules, as Rome grapples to kickstart its stalling economy.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage

The European Union needs a reboot in the wake of Britain's vote to leave, Italy's prime minister said Monday (22 July) as he prepared to meet his French and German counterparts to discuss the fallout from Brexit.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Brexit delivers blow to Swiss EU hopes

Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery. But it is doubtful if anyone in Switzerland is thanking the City and big bank spin doctors who have come up with the idea that London should seek a Swiss-style relationship with Europe once Brexit is fully consummated, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Diplomatic marathon kicks off to reinvent Europe after Brexit

French, German and Italian leaders are meeting today (22 August) on the island of Ventotene near Naples, opening a series of marathon diplomatic talks on the future of Europe. The Franco-German couple hopes to revive the EU project with a new political roadmap, EurActiv.com has learned.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

EU and Turkey: Time to act

The failure of the coup attempt in Turkey is celebrated as a victory for democracy by Turks. However, after rapidly condemning the coup, the EU’s weak solidarity has become a source of resentment for Ankara, writes Bahadir Kaleagasi.
Future EU 19-08-2016

Tusk on tour to prepare Future of EU summit

European Council President Donald Tusk met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over dinner in Berlin yesterday (18 August). This is a first step in a series of trips to EU countries in preparation for the 16 September Bratislava informal summit on the future of the EU, following Brexit.
UK & Europe 18-08-2016

UK retail sales rebound after Brexit vote due to warm weather, fall in pound

Retail sales in Britain, a key driver of the economy, rebounded 1.4 percent in July from June's drop, official data showed Thursday (18 August), indicating no immediate fallout from Brexit but analysts warn of a tough year ahead.
EU Priorities 2020 18-08-2016

European divisions ‘hardening’, warns German think tank

The refugee crisis and social hardship resulting from the eurozone crisis are putting the European project under unprecedented strain, with populism gaining ground in many EU countries – from Hungary, Poland, and France to the UK and Germany, warns the Bertelsmann Foundation, an eminent German think tank.
Future EU 18-08-2016

Renzi, Merkel, Hollande to meet for EU talks post-Brexit

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande on an Italian island on Monday (22 August) to discuss the EU's way forward after Britain's shock vote to quit the bloc.


Security 17-08-2016

Tusk calls Russia’s account of Ukraine events 'unreliable'

EU Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday said he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believed Russia's account of recent events in the strife-torn east of the country was "unreliable".
Elections 12-08-2016

Survey: Juncker likely to stay in office until 2019

The presidents of all three European institutions are predicted to keep their positions until their terms end in 2019, according to a new survey.

Mr Timmermans, blaming young people will not encourage them to engage in politics

Democracy is broken, but when leaders like Frans Timmermans blame people who do not participate in a system they view as outdated and obsolete, they only help create a generation of disillusioned young people, writes Joahnna Nyman on International Youth Day.
Future EU 12-08-2016

Kaczynski chooses confrontation over compromise with EU

With the spat between the government and the Commission heating up, Polish politics is entering a new phase, writes Piotr Buras.
Future EU 06-08-2016

Italy's top court to give green light on referendum for constitutional reform

Italy's highest court is set to give a green light on Monday (8 August) for a national referendum due to take place in the autumn on a major constitutional reform, daily la Repubblica reported on Saturday.
UK & Europe 02-08-2016

Prime Minister May to set course for 'made in Britain' revival

Prime Minister Theresa May will on Tuesday (2 August) outline her bid to reshape the British economy for a post-Brexit world, reviving the once unfashionable concept of industrial policy 30 years after Margaret Thatcher killed it off.
Future EU 30-07-2016

Juncker: I have a black book of my enemies and I never kissed Farage

Jean-Claude Juncker has a little black book called “little Maurice” where he notes the names of everyone who has betrayed him, the European Commission president said in an interview in which he denied kissing UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the Brexit vote.
Future EU 28-07-2016

British PM seeks to reassure Poles in UK post-Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May travelled to Warsaw on Thursday (28 July) in a bid to reassure the Polish government that the hundreds of thousands of Poles living in Britain still had a post-Brexit future there.
Future EU 28-07-2016

Britain wants bespoke Brexit that deals with immigration

Britain wants a bespoke model for its future ties with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (28 July), adding that its exit deal must address British voters' concerns over immigration.
Global Europe 28-07-2016

Populism, racism and xenophobia have infected Europe

We have been infected. The virus of populism, racism, xenophobia has affected Europe. This virus in Europe is named Le Pen in France, Farage in Great Britain, Orban in Hungary, 5 Stars Movements in Italy, Kaczynski in Poland, writes Gianni Pittella.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

George Soros: 'We need an EU that the UK would want to be a part of'

Business magnate George Soros is convinced that the EU needs to reinvent itself. In an interview with EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche, he explained how Europe should deal with Brexit.
UK & Europe 26-07-2016

Ratings agency: EU ‘unsustainable in its current form’

Leading credit ratings agency S&P has warned that the current construction of the European Union is “unsustainable” and needs far-reaching reform.