Future EU

Brexit 20-10-2017

#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.

20-10-2017

Farage: Leaders support Madrid because Catalan separatists dislike EU

Nigel Farage is one of the very few voices who spoke in favour of the Catalan pro-independence movement. After the EU leaders’ strong backing for Mariano Rajoy at the European Council, Farage says the EU supported the idea of Scotish independence but is wary of Catalonia because "Catalonia's separatists don't like the EU".

19-10-2017

Rajoy to trigger Article 155 on Catalonia: what does it mean?

The Spainsh government will trigger Article 155, a constitutional process that will strip Catalonia of its regional autonomy. But how will the process work? EURACTIV Spain reports.

19-10-2017

Spain moves to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy

Spain will move to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, the government said on Thursday (18 October), after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont refused to drop the region's drive to break away from Madrid following the 1 October independence vote.

Elections 19-10-2017

EU summit begins with ultimatum day in Catalonia

Spain's political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday (19 October) when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region's future.

Freedom of thought 19-10-2017

Scott Atran: People need purpose and meaning to embrace Europe

The European Union is not inevitable: it requires struggle and sacrifice otherwise it will die and Europeans must regain this sense of purpose, cultural anthropologist Scott Atran said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Elections 19-10-2017

Austria’s far-right stakes claim to interior ministry ahead of coalition talks

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) yesterday (18 October) named control of the interior ministry as its price for joining a future coalition government following its strong showing in a parliamentary election.

18-10-2017

Independent observers: No proper referendum took place in Catalonia

Catalonia's independence vote held on 1 October failed to meet the international standards to be considered as a referendum, the head of the international observation mission told EURACTIV.com on Wednesday (18 October).

18-10-2017

What’s next for European socialism?

After bruising electoral defeats in France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, European socialists are looking at ways of turning their fortunes around. For many of them, the era of 'Grand Coalitions' with right-wing parties is now over.

18-10-2017

TOGETHER for a stronger, progressive family!

Socialism still has a long way to go. But following recent elections in various European countries, it is clear that progressive forces must regenerate themselves, write Gianni Pittella and Sergei Stanishev. Gianni Pittella is the president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and Sergei Stanishev is the president of the Party of European Socialists. Our values of …

Brexit 18-10-2017

Blind forces are in play in the Brexit talks

Anxieties and obsessions, arising from historic divisions in the British Conservative Party, have led to an artificially inflexible and brittle interpretation of the meaning of the 2016 Referendum result, writes former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton.

Elections 18-10-2017

Parliament poll: Public confidence in the EU is growing

A clear majority of EU citizens now believe that EU membership is good for their country, according to a survey of how they view the EU and its institutions, released on Wednesday (18 October).

Defence policy 18-10-2017

Finnish President: What is a union that cannot provide security for its citizens?

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö does not rule out a common foreign policy, which would make the European Union a global player. In an interview with EURACTIV’s media partner Gazeta Wyborcza, he speaks about security threats on the eastern border and his support for deeper integration in security and defence policy.

18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

Global Europe 17-10-2017

It’s high time Macron or Juncker gave a speech at ESA

Europe’s leaders need to set forth the threats to Europe that could come from failure to exercise space leadership. Vidvuds Beldavs suggests what Emmanuel Macron or Jean-Claude Juncker could say to take Europe to the forefront of space exploration.

Economy & Jobs 17-10-2017

Change on the horizon for social rights?

Real progress to eradicate poverty and promote social justice for all is within the grasp of the EU, but it will take ambitious political commitment at November’s Social Summit to make gains in reaching a truly social Europe, explain Jana Hainsworth and Luis Alvarado Martinez.

Elections 16-10-2017

Catalan leader seeks dialogue with Madrid, stalls on independence bid

The leader of Spain's breakaway Catalonia region has asked to meet the Spanish prime minister, aiming to restore dialogue and avoid further escalation, but has not provided a clear answer on whether he would press ahead with independence.

16-10-2017

EU holds breath after Austrian vote

Reactions from the European Commission and Council presidents are still pending following the early parliamentary elections held in Austria on Sunday (15 October), the nightmare outcome of which could be a coalition between the centre-right and the far-right.

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.

16-10-2017

Varoufakis tells Macron to adopt the ‘empty-chair’ tactic

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis supports Macron’s federalist proposals on the euro single currency but believes only a real threat could make Germany budge on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.

13-10-2017

Re-inventing Europe and building the future of the Union

The initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron is a wind of change in Europe and a welcome movement towards relaunching the European Project. André Flahaut explains why Belgium should seize the opportunity.

Elections 13-10-2017

Macron seeks to disrupt European politics ahead of 2019 EU elections

Ahead of the 2019 EU elections, Macron’s Republique en Marche (REM) party is torn between creating a new political group or sitting with the centre. EURACTIV France reports.

13-10-2017

France and Germany seek to reform cohesion funds

Germany wants to tie cohesion funds to the recipient countries’ respect for the rule of law. Emmanuel Macron would like the countries to respect a minimum tax rate before disbursing aid to regions. Is it time to change the criteria for accessing cohesion funds? EURACTIV France reports.

12-10-2017

EU grandees map trail for restoring citizens’ trust ahead of 2019 elections

Against the backdrop of yet another EU political crisis, this time with Catalonia seeking independence, opinion makers and decision makers in Brussels have tried to sketch a plan for rebutting populist pressures and restore trust in the European Union