Future EU

Brexit 28-07-2017

UK finance minister claims Brexit transition could last until 2022

Britain will try to keep as many aspects of its EU membership in place as possible during a transition period of up to three years after Brexit, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday (28 July).

Health 28-07-2017

Athens and Milan throw names into EU medicines agency hat

Hosting the European Medicines Agency brings considerable economic benefits to the host city as the service employs more than 1,000 people, paid by the EU. Athens and Milan are keen to secure a slice of this lucrative pie.

24-07-2017

The Brief: No surprises please, we’re European

As eurocrats, diplomats, journalists and other inhabitants of the EU bubble pack their swimwear for sunnier destinations, a sense of relief hangs in the air.

Brexit 20-07-2017

No solution in sight for Brexit’s controversial issues

During a second sitting around the negotiating table, the EU and the UK stuck to their guns on the financial obligations London should pay and what court would guarantee EU citizen rights in a post-Brexit world.

Brexit 17-07-2017

Brexit talks start in earnest with 20 months to go

Brexit Secretary David Davis launches a first round of negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union today (17 July) when he meets the EU's Michel Barnier for four days of talks between their teams in Brussels.

Agrifood 17-07-2017

French anger at CAP co-financing proposal

The European Commission’s suggestion that EU member states co-finance part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the biggest consumer of the bloc’s budget, has met with steady support in Germany and exasperation in France. EURACTIV France reports.

Enlargement 14-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Will the EU ever get the Western Balkans right?

The EU's fast-and-loose approach to the Western Balkans has never been more evident than in the last few years.

EU remains silent as Poland’s government assaults top court

The EU remained silent yesterday (13 July), despite being pressed by journalists to say something following the news that Poland's governing ultraconservatives tabled a bill in parliament that would subjugate the Supreme Court to executive power.

Brexit 14-07-2017

Corbyn: Labour will negotiate for jobs

After talks with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Thursday (13 July), British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn told journalists he would fight to protect jobs and citizens’ rights, and that he was “surprised” at the Commission’s decision to oust some UK national experts.

Economy & Jobs 13-07-2017

Macron urges greater eurozone convergence, presses Germany to act

The European Union remains an incomplete project and will require changes to its treaties that bring greater convergence between eurozone member states, French President Emmanuel Macron said in comments published on Thursday (13 July).

Brexit 12-07-2017

Barnier tells Britain ‘trust needed to build new relationship’

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned the UK it must honour all its outstanding bills before talking about any future relationship with the Union, urging London to make faster progress in the talks.

06-07-2017

France continues to block debate on Strasbourg seat

The movement to establish a single European Parliament seat in Brussels has the wind in its sails. But France is resolutely blocking any serious debate on the closure of the institution’s Strasbourg premises. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 06-07-2017

EU negotiator hammers home harsh realities of no-deal Brexit

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator warned the United Kingdom on Thursday (6 July) that ending talks without a comprehensive agreement would only worsen the already complex situation, contrary to London's oft-repeated stance of 'no deal is better than a bad deal'.

Digital 05-07-2017

Maltese presidency gets mixed review

MEPs gave mixed reviews of Malta’s rotating presidency of the EU on Tuesday (4 July) in Strasbourg.

Elections 04-07-2017

Macron wants EU nations to hold debates on ‘refounding Europe’

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (3 July) that after a "cruel decade" of crisis-management, European Union leaders needed to reform the bloc to fight Euroscepticism among the public.

03-07-2017

French MEPs prepare to fight over Strasbourg seat

Many MEPs hope to replace the European Parliament’s Strasbourg seat with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which will leave London once the UK pulls out of the EU. But French politicians will not let go of Strasbourg without a fight. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 03-07-2017

Prolonging Brexit talks ‘should not be excluded’, says key EU power broker

EXCLUSIVE / The complexity of the Brexit negotiations means extending the talks by one year should not be excluded, according to the spokesperson of the European People's Party (EPP), the leading power broker in the EU institutions.

Brexit 28-06-2017

Irish PM warns turning goodwill into border solution looks ‘extremely difficult’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (28 June) it will be practically and legally "extremely difficult" to find ways to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Brexit 28-06-2017

Commission mulls CAP cuts, rebates in effort to shore up post-2020 budget

Faced with a looming gap in the EU's post-2020 budget caused by Brexit and higher security spending, the Commission is considering cutting funding for farmers, conditioning disbursements on the rule of law in member states and removing rebates once the UK leaves.

Brexit 28-06-2017

Scotland shies away from fresh independence vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday (27 June) put a pin in plans for a second independence referendum, after a British general election in which her secessionist party suffered major losses.

27-06-2017

PES president: Unlike EPP, socialists do not impose decisions on member parties

In the European socialist political family, important decisions are not made by the president or the most influential national leaders, as is the case with the centre-right European People’s Party, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Sergei Stanishev told EURACTIV.com.

Brexit 27-06-2017

German industry warns ‘both sides underestimating’ Brexit talks

Both sides negotiating the UK's withdrawal from the EU are underestimating the serious long-term effects, a senior figure from German industry has warned at a special event on Brexit held by EURACTIV.com.

23-06-2017

Macron makes link between poor French economy and refugees

Emmanuel Macron said there was “no glory” in France's track record on refugees because it reflected the country's weak economy.

Economy & Jobs 23-06-2017

Leaders tone down Macron’s call for foreign investment scrutiny

A majority of member states on Friday (23 June) resisted a proposal by France, Germany and Italy designed to control and block foreign investment at EU level, citing fears about protectionism.