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The Irish EU Treaty referendum

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UK & Europe 03-06-2015

The UK's EU referendum: On the path to Brexit?

Following the Conservative Party’s victory in the 2015 general election, the UK is set to hold an in/out referendum on its membership of the European Union before the end of 2017.
UK & Europe 11-03-2015

Voting on Brexit: The EU issues shaping the UK election

The May 7 UK general election will go a long way towards deciding whether Britain will stay in the European Union, or choose to leave, after forty years of uneasy relations.
EU Priorities 2020 26-09-2014

The Juncker Commission 2014-2019

After months of deliberation, Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker presented his team, and the new executive structure, on 10 September.
EU Priorities 2020 19-06-2013

The Lithuanian EU Presidency - ‘A fresh Baltic breeze’

Lithuania, a country of 3.2 million which joined the EU in 2004, will assume its first presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July. Lithuania considers itself one of the most successful countries to overcome the economic and financial crisis and to return to sustained recovery and growth. It is the first Baltic country to take the EU stint.
Med & South 25-01-2013

Euroscepticism: More than a British phenomenon

With Prime Minister David Cameron having vowed to hold a referendum on UK membership of the EU, Britain's penchant for EU bashing is well publicised. But there are political parties in other member states which are far from in love with the European project, and whose stance against integration has been fanned by the worsening of the economic crisis.
EU Priorities 2020 21-09-2012

EU budget 2014-2020: The €1 trillion deal

Is €1 trillion too much or not enough to fund the many activities of the European Union for the next seven years? This is the main question that European institutions and the 27 member countries’ leaders will have to answer early next year.
Future EU 25-06-2012

The Cyprus EU presidency: Breaking with tradition

The Cyprus EU presidency in the second half of 2012 will provide political leadership to the Union but “not in the traditional way”, officials say. Rather, it will be a “Brussels-based presidency”, with most of the country's officials operating from the European capital and focusing on EU affairs. Meanwhile, the island's long-standing reunification talks with Turkey will be dealt with on a separate track.
Future EU 22-12-2011

The Danish EU presidency: Bridge over troubled water [Archived]

With the euro debt crisis, Denmark's presidency of the EU council coincides with one of the most difficult moments in the Union's history. As Denmark is not member of the euro zone, it is prepared to take a back seat in the troubleshooting effort, but would strive to keep the countries from both sides united - "a bridge over troubled water" as European Affairs Minister Nicolai Wammen described it.
Future EU 15-12-2011

Europe's new treaty: Towards a multi-speed Union

All 27 EU countries – except Britain and the Czech Republic – have agreed on a new treaty for tighter fiscal discipline and deeper economic integration to save the euro currency. The treaty came into force on 1 January 2013.
Europe's East 10-06-2011

The Polish EU Presidency: Budget and solidarity [Archived]

Paving the way for an "ambitious" agreement on the 2014-2020 budget, energy security and the European Union's Eastern neighbourhood are all key priorities of the Polish EU Presidency during the second half of 2011. The Poles, for their part, have pulled all the stops to ensure that the Union remains committed to redistributive policies at a time of economic austerity.
Public Affairs 10-02-2011

The European Citizens' Initiative

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is the EU's foremost instrument of direct democracy and the first of its kind in a transnational context. Introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, will be used from 1 April 2012.
EU Priorities 2020 21-12-2010

The Hungarian EU Presidency [Archived]

Budget talks, farm reform and economic governance top the agenda of Hungary's EU presidency, but the country's six-month stint at the bloc's helm has been overshadowed by criticism of a controversial media law adopted by Budapest.


Future EU 09-03-2010

The EU's new diplomatic service

Introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, the European External Action Service (EEAS) is intended to give the European Union a greater role in foreign policy. It is now operational, though its scope and competences have been the subject of fierce debate among EU countries.
Regional Policy 14-01-2010

The new European Commission

The selection of a new European Commission, never the simplest of political tasks, has this year been more complex than ever. Politically and institutionally, 2009 came with a whole range of permutations regarding the 'how?', 'when?' and 'who?' of the next EU executive.
Public Affairs 08-01-2010

Musical chairs: Officials take turns at European Commission

Since the presentation of the new team of European commissioners by José Manuel Barroso, officials have been busy swapping seats in a round of 'musical chairs' that involves some of the most powerful EU jobs in Brussels.
Regional Policy 15-12-2009

The Spanish EU Presidency

Spain takes on the European Union's six-month rotating presidency at a defining moment for the bloc, marked by the first steps of the Union's first-ever permanent president and foreign affairs chief and efforts to lift Europe out of its worst recession in decades.
EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2009

National Parliaments and the EU

National parliaments have come to play an increasingly important role in the functioning of the EU, cooperating with the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as with each other. The Lisbon Treaty further strengthens their influence on EU decision-making.
Future EU 01-12-2009

The 'Treaty of Lisbon'

After eight years of struggle and soul-searching, the European Union's reform treaty came into force on 1 December 2009. EU leaders believe the Lisbon Treaty will rejuvenate the decision-making apparatus of the EU institutions, making the functioning of the 27-member Union more efficient and democratic. 
EU Priorities 2020 28-10-2009

Choosing 'Mr(s). Europe' [Archived]

The Treaty of Lisbon introduces two new European top jobs: a high-profile president to chair EU summit meetings for a two-and-a-half year term and a revamped foreign policy chief. However, selecting the right people to fill these positions proved a politically-sensitive task.
Development Policy 01-09-2009

2004-2009: An evaluation of the Barroso Commission

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso spent the summer preparing his programme for the next five years after his bid to secure a second term was put on ice by the European Parliament's political group leaders in July - EurActiv asked key stakeholders to assess the Barroso Commission's achievements and failures.
Public Affairs 26-02-2009

The changing face of European think-tanks

The number of think-tanks in Europe has more than quadrupled in recent years, and they have become more active and inventive at disseminating policy solutions to decision-makers. But they are at risk of turning into lobbyists as they face issues related to funding, autonomy and innovation.
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2008

EU Treaty: What Next?

Several scenarios have been suggested as a means of overcoming the crisis triggered by the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland. Here, EurActiv gives an overview.
EU Priorities 2020 30-06-2008

The French EU Presidency

Under the motto "a more protective Europe", France takes over the rotating EU Presidency with an additional challenge – getting the EU out of an institutional crisis triggered by the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland.
EU Priorities 2020 09-06-2008

The Irish EU Treaty referendum

Irish voters rebuffed the EU's entire political class with a resounding 'no' to the draft Lisbon Treaty, throwing the Union into yet another political crisis.