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19/01/2017

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

Future EU


Elections 13-01-2017

Greens' Parliament candidate: 'I'm actually radical'

One of the outside candidates for the European Parliament Presidency explains why a Brit, a woman and a Green should get the job – even if her respectable appearance and former job as a teacher doesn’t prevent her from going on demos.
Euro & Finance 12-01-2017

Kalfin: Brexit is an opportunity for the future EU budget

The EU budget should become more transparent or other countries will follow the UK's example. But Brexit also provides an opportunity to get rid of all rebates, which nobody can actually explain, Ivailo Kalfin, member of the Monti group on the future EU budget, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Ivailo Kalfin, is a member of …

Future EU 21-12-2016

Hubert Védrine: 'European elites showed disdain for the people'

For the Europhile elites, accepting that the people want to keep a certain identity, sovereignty and security is unthinkable, Hubert Védrine told EurActiv’s partner Ouest-France. To save the European idea, the EU should take a formal pause and reconnect with its citizens, he argues.
Public Affairs 16-12-2016

Pittella: 'Small and big groups will be equal’ in my Parliament

If he becomes the next president of the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, the candidate for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group, promises to open a “new phase” in which all political groups have equal rights in shaping decisions.
Euro & Finance 08-12-2016

Economist: 'Italian reforms will come to standstill'

Italy's dismissal of Matteo Renzi's reform package sent a clear signal to the other member states that Rome is incapable of solving its economic woes alone, researcher Dr Paweł Tokarski said in interview with the SWP.

Former EESC president: 'We need an EU president'

Former President of the European Economic and Social Committe (EESC) Henri Malosse explained to EurActiv's partner treffpunkteuropa why he thinks the EU needs an elected president and why neoliberalism and globalisation have fuelled populism.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Italian senator: The 'EU is very discredited in Italy'

On Sunday (4 December), Italy will hold a constitutional referendum that may usher in the country’s first populist, Eurosceptic government. EurActiv Poland spoke to Senator Paolo Guerrieri about the significance of the vote.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Vestager: Men have had informal quotas for hundreds of years

Margrethe Vestager won the “European woman of power” award last night (1 December). She told EurActiv.com in an interview that she supports gender quotas in the public institutions. She also said Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane.
UK & Europe 01-12-2016

Charles Goerens: Associate citizenship for Brits is ‘an offer, not an obligation’

Many fear that the UK's decision to leave the EU will strip British citizens of their right to free movement around the bloc. EurActiv Germany spoke to the MEP trying to protect that right.
Euro & Finance 01-12-2016

Slovak minister: 'A European unemployment scheme is important'

State Secretary of Finance Ivan Lesay does not include Slovakia among the “hawkish” member states opposed to a fiscal stimulus for the eurozone. In an interview with EurActiv, he also backed calls for a European unemployment insurance scheme.
Future EU 30-11-2016

Aspaker: Norway wants to be included in Brexit negotiations

Norway would like to help forge a solution to the UK’s single market dilemma, says Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Norwegian minister of EEA and EU affairs, in an interview with EurActiv Slovakia.
Future EU 21-11-2016

Ex-Die Welt publisher: 'Europe is complicated, but worth explaining'

European Union efforts to explain its raison d'être to citizens are hamstrung by the incapacity of its institutions to be open and flexible, German journalist Thomas Schmid told EurActiv Poland.


Future EU 18-11-2016

Captain Europe: I am hanging up my cape

Captain Europe is hanging up his cape after seven years as the European Union’s only superhero. But he told EurActiv.com that he was on the lookout for a successor to put on the mask.
Future EU 17-11-2016

Ignatieff: 'It is terrible that progressives express contempt for Trump voters'

Liberals were too confident that history was on their side, Canadian professor, writer and politician Michael Ignatieff says. That is why they are panicking after Donald Trump won the US elections. But the “tone of alarm is excessive”, Ignatieff told EurActiv.com in an interview.
Global Europe 14-11-2016

Böll president: Russia is the anti-liberal HQ

There’s an active interplay between anti-liberal movements and political parties within the EU and an authoritarian challenge from the outside, especially from Russia, Ralf Fücks told EurActiv Czech Republic.
Future EU 08-11-2016

Spanish philosopher: 'We have lost the idea of Europe'

Philosopher José Antonio Marina told EurActiv Spain that the idea of Europe has been lost and called on the EU to undertake a period of “quiet” reflection in order to relaunch a project imbued with “intellectual, political and economic vigour”.

Euro & Finance 07-11-2016

Frans Timmermans: 'The European project can fail'

Frans Timmermans said Europe’s social contract is broken; social mobility is a thing of the past and we have let our young citizens down. He believes urgent action must be taken to save the European Union. An interview by EurActiv's partner Ouest-France.
Elections 04-11-2016

ALDE president: 'We can be the strongest European party'

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is traditionally the third strongest political group in the European Parliament, but in the 2014 elections, it suffered big losses, dropping below the ECR. Now it looks like the liberals are back. EurActiv Germany reports.

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.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Russian ambassador: EU should realise its real friend is Moscow

Russia has had good bilateral contacts in recent months with a number of EU member states, the interruption in relations is taking place only at the level of the EU itself, the Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizov told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would 'fan the flames of populism'

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EurActiv Germany.
Special Report

James Nix: Brexit could pave the way for EU-wide carbon tax

SPECIAL REPORT / Originally, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) only came into place because the UK was opposed to using taxation as a policy instrument to reduce global warming. With Brexit, there is now an opportunity to look again at an EU-wide carbon tax, according to James Nix.
Future EU 09-09-2016

Tsipras: Euro-Med summit will unite Europe, not divide it

EXCLUSIVE / The meeting of leaders from Southern European countries taking place in Athens today (9 September) will put Mediterranean issues on the EU agenda, without attempting to create divisions, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told EurActiv.com in an interview.
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.