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Politics 26-05-2017

Loss of trust in EU has social and economic consequences

Trust in EU membership is on the up across the continent but confidence in the Union’s institutions continues to flag. That is why a number of initiatives designed to increase transparency and accountability have gained momentum in recent years.

Enlargement 25-05-2017

‘Yugo-stalgic’ Balkans long for socialist past

The breakup of Yugoslavia brought more harm than good, according to a new survey. ‘Yugo-stalgia’ and dissatisfaction caused by low employment and political instability mean many yearn for the days of socialism.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

Tusk, Juncker to press Trump on Euro-Atlanticism

Top European Union chiefs meeting Donald Trump for the first time today (25 May) will push cooperation on global trade and fighting climate change as they try to show that the bloc should matter to the United States.

24-05-2017

Brussels diaspora wants a say in defining Romanian Presidency priorities

The 2,500-strong Romanian diaspora in the Brussels bubble should play a role in defining the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, which will start on 1 January 2019, a group representing the expats has proposed.

Economy & Jobs 24-05-2017

Schäuble insists EU treaty change now is ‘unrealistic’

Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday (23 May) that it is "unrealistic" to consider changing European treaties at this stage, calling instead for incremental steps by national governments to move EU integration forward in specific areas.

Brexit 24-05-2017

Potential Trump ambassador vows easier trade with countries that exit EU

The political science professor who wants to be the new United States ambassador to the EU has said that any country that follows the UK to leave the bloc could “instantly” have better trade relations with the US.

Elections 23-05-2017

Catalonia leader ups the ante in independence drive

Carles Puigdemont, the President of the Catalonia regional government, pledged to go ahead with independence referendum, even in the absence of agreed proposal for the future ahead by the authorities in Madrid.

Economy & Jobs 23-05-2017

Frankfurt’s skyscraper jungle hopes to entice post-Brexit business

Frankfurt, the EU’s financial capital, is readying itself to welcome London’s banking business with a concrete jungle of skyscrapers once the United Kingdom leaves the bloc. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Economy & Jobs 22-05-2017

Macron, Gentiloni vow to ‘revive’ Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in Paris yesterday (21 May) that they would work together to "revive" Europe as the French head of state called for "common budgetary capacity" and his host for "a fiscal and banking union".

Central Europe 19-05-2017

Poland defies EU over asylum seekers

Poland refused yesterday (18 May) to yield to pressure from the European Union to take in any asylum seekers under a relocation scheme despite an EU threat of legal action.

Defence policy 18-05-2017

Mogherini sees EU military HQ ‘within days’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday (18 May) remaining differences over a planned military headquarters had been resolved and it could be formally launched in a few days.

Elections 18-05-2017

Macron blurs party lines with mixed French cabinet

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed his first cabinet yesterday (17 May) mixing Socialists, centrists and rightwingers with newcomers to politics as he pressed ahead with plans to create a broad governing coalition.

17-05-2017

The EU: What happened to climate’s poster child?

The European Union, the third-largest emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gases after China and the United States, has long been held up as the poster child of efforts to save Earth's climate.

17-05-2017

‘Mercron’: The EU’s new power couple

Freshly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the new power couple leading the charge against anti-European populists and trying to put the struggling EU back on track, analysts say.

Elections 17-05-2017

Tusk heads to Paris for first meeting with Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet EU Council President Donald Tusk in Paris today (17 May), the new leader's office said.

Economy & Jobs 16-05-2017

Spain calls for deeper eurozone integration, pooled debt

Spain's conservative government has added its voice to calls for deeper integration in the eurozone, suggesting to Brussels in a paper that members of the bloc should pool some aspects of their debt management and share a budget to fight crisis shocks.

Central Europe 16-05-2017

EU ministers extend talks with Poland over rule of law fears

EU ministers agreed yesterday (16 May) to continue long drawn-out talks with Poland in a bid to stop its alleged breaches of the rule of law, backing away for now from threatening sanctions.

Elections 16-05-2017

EU ministers to debate threats to rule of law in member state Poland

For the first time ever, EU governments will debate today (16 May) on what is considered to be internal affairs of one of the Union’s members – Poland.

Brexit 16-05-2017

Mogherini sees way past UK spat over military HQ

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday (15 May) she was confident of making progress on the bloc's defence ambitions and did not expect a Brexit-bound Britain to stand in the way.

Elections 16-05-2017

Macron, Merkel vow new momentum for Europe

France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (15 May) vowed to give a new impetus to Europe, even if it requires treaty change, after Macron appointed a prime minister from the conservative camp.

Elections 15-05-2017

Macron hopes new centre-right PM will broaden political appeal

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, appointed a conservative prime minister earlier today (15 May) in a shrewd move designed to broaden his political appeal ahead of legislative elections next month. But just who is Macron’s new right-hand man?

Central Europe 15-05-2017

Macron’s win puts pressure on Poland, Hungary to align with EU

While the election of Emmanuel Macron as French president with a vision of closer European Union integration was a relief to much of Europe, for Poland and Hungary it fanned fears of losing influence.

Economy & Jobs 15-05-2017

Sturgeon: Scotland wants to be EU member, but doesn’t want the euro

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday (14 May) said she would want Scotland to be a European Union member but not adopt the euro if it ever became independent.

Elections 15-05-2017

Macron takes over as president, promising to relaunch the EU

Emmanuel Macron became France's youngest ever president yesterday (14 May), promising at his inauguration to restore the country's lost confidence and relaunch the flagging European Union.