Future EU

Elections 21-04-2017

Italy’s wealthy north to demand more power from Rome in referendums

Italy's wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, controlled by the right-wing Northern League, will hold referendums in October to try to obtain greater autonomy from the central government, Lombardy's president said yesterday (20 April).

Elections 21-04-2017

Juncker trusts EU could survive ‘President Le Pen’

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sees no need for “contingency planning” regarding the French presidential election, as the EU is strong enough to survive even if the Eurosceptic candidate wins, his spokesperson said today (21 April).

20-04-2017

Romania fears ‘two-speed Europe’ will be new Iron Curtain

The president of the Romanian Senate today (20 April) shared his concerns with Frans Timmermans about the idea of a ‘two-speed Europe’, insisting the EU should learn from the lessons of the communist period. EURACTIV Romania reports.

18-04-2017

From Ankara to Paris: Europe’s fateful week

The European Union is the most endangered contender in this weekend’s French election, warns Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.

14-04-2017

EU at 60: Common sense will prevail

The recent 60th anniversary celebrations in Rome were justifiably optimistic. The European Union may well have negotiated its rough patch and from here on out it could prove to be smooth sailing, writes Merve Demirel.

Elections 13-04-2017

Moscovici: ‘Frexit’ would be ‘fatal’ blow to Europe

European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told EURACTIV France that electing Marine Le Pen and leaving the EU would deal a fatal blow to the European project.

ECAS: National administrations ‘lack EU spirit’

A “negative attitude” and a “lack of EU spirit” for solving issues such as issuing residence permits and claiming pensions was decried by representatives of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) at a public event on Wednesday (12 April).

13-04-2017

Markets get nervous as French presidential race tightens

Polls showed France's presidential election campaign tightening further yesterday (12 April) as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France's European Union membership to a vote.

Elections 12-04-2017

‘Chancellor Schulz’ will maintain austerity, won’t rule out Grexit

Martin Schulz will not change Germany's approach to austerity if elected chancellor later this year. Neither has he ruled out Greece leaving the eurozone if reforms are not implemented. EURACTIV Germany reports.The Social Democrat leader and former European Parliament president told the Financial Times that the prospect of Greece leaving the single currency …

10-04-2017

Syriza: Europeanism without federalism is ‘meaningless’

Proclaiming a pro-EU stance without supporting federalism is “meaningless” and amounts to talking the talk but not walking the walk, according to Greece's digital policy minister.

10-04-2017

EU’s real problem is the lack of a ‘good driver’

Romania's real concern is not the prospect of “multi-speed Europe” but the lack of a “good driver”, of real leadership and of a valuable European vision, Vasile Pușcaș told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Brexit 07-04-2017

Bank of England chief tries to avoid Brexit bank bedlam

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney called today (7 April) for Britain and the EU to reach a sweeping deal to recognise each other’s bank rules after Brexit or risk a potentially damaging hit to financial services across Europe.

07-04-2017

Spain to host southern EU partners for preparatory summit

The leaders of seven Southern European countries will meet in Madrid on Monday (10 April) to scrutinise the consequences of Brexit and discuss their vision for the future of the European Union. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Enlargement 07-04-2017

Bosnia counts EU path as only uniting factor, 25 years after war

A quarter of a century after the start of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the country remains divided. EU membership is still popular but that is about all its various communities can agree on. EURACTIV Spain reports.

#Media4EU 06-04-2017

News agencies join forces for EU data journalism site

AFP, the French international news agency, is joining forces with Italy's ANSA and Germany's DPA to launch a new website offering data journalism on the European Union.

Politics 05-04-2017

In Brexit talks, don’t bargain over security

Theresa May's decision to link future security cooperation with Europe to the outcome of a trade deal is damaging for the Brexit talks. In the contrary, a deal on security could set a positive tone for the very difficult trade negotiations, argues Rem Korteweg.

Brexit 05-04-2017

Parliament lays down red lines for Brexit negotiations

Access to the single market, border controls, the rights of European citizens in the United Kingdom and its exit bill all made it into the European Parliament's Brexit roadmap, ahead of what may prove to be tough negotiations. EURACTIV France reports.

05-04-2017

Macron clashes with Le Pen in second French election debate

Centrist Emmanuel Macron kept his position as favourite to win France's presidential election after a televised debate on Tuesday night (4 April) in which he clashed sharply with his main rival, Marine Le Pen, over Europe, just 19 days before the election.

Freedom of thought 04-04-2017

Commission unmoved by Orbán’s ‘Stop Europe’ initiative

Hungary launched an initiative called “Let’s stop Brussels” shortly after its prime minister returned from the Rome summit. Asked about it today (4 April), the Commission highlighted the fact that Viktor Orbán had signed the strongly pro-European text only days before.

04-04-2017

EU must make stand against Hungary’s contempt for European values

The Central European University has been a beacon of European values for over two decades but is now under threat from the Hungarian government. Budapest’s machinations are also completely contrary to the spirit of the Rome Declaration, warns Chrys Margaritidis.

Brexit 04-04-2017

German foreign minister in London to talk Brexit

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel travels to London today (4 April) to break bread with his British opposite number ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations. He has already made clear where his priorities lie. EURACTIV Germany reports.

04-04-2017

16 states to create EU prosecutor’s office

Sixteen European Union countries including powerful Germany and France have launched plans to create an EU public prosecutor's office to combat fraud, the bloc announced yesterday (3 April).

03-04-2017

Europe’s churches put faith in more EU cooperation

Europe’s Church leaders want to be more involved in the issues that shape and vex the European Union. EURACTIV Germany reports.

03-04-2017

Brexit could turn Gibraltar into next Falklands, senior conservative claims

Britain is "steadfast" in its commitment to Gibraltar and will work with the territory to secure the best possible outcome from the Brexit talks, Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday (2 April), following warlike comments by a former leader of the ruling Conservative party.