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18-09-2017

Juncker challenges unanimity on fiscal policy

To break the deadlock on fiscal issues caused by the EU's absolute majority requirements, Jean-Claude Juncker has resurrected a clause in the Lisbon Treaty that allows for a qualified majority instead. EURACTIV France reports.

Europe's East 18-09-2017

Germany’s Free Democrats may stall EU reform hopes

A week before German elections, the storied Free Democratic Party looks set to recover from a historic 2013 defeat and return to parliament - where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbours.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

France and Juncker disagree over eurozone priorities

France’s Economy and Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said that the priority should be eurozone integration before accepting new members, as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker defended this week.

15-09-2017

Catalonian independence: Juncker ventures into unchartered waters

Jean-Claude Juncker likely infuriated Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday (14 September) by saying that if Catalonians voted to secede from Spain in next month's referendum, the Commission would respect the outcome.

Brexit 14-09-2017

UK’s May chooses Florence for major speech on post-Brexit relation with EU

Prime Minister Theresa May will make a speech on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union on 22 September in the Italian city of Florence, her spokesman said yesterday (13 September).

14-09-2017

Austria’s leaders reject Juncker’s vision for eurozone expansion

Austria’s Social Democrat Chancellor Christian Kern and conservative Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz today (14 September) rejected European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s vision to expand eastward the euro and a border control free zone.

14-09-2017

Paris and Berlin don’t take Juncker’s ‘Union of equality’ seriously

European officials made positive comments on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’ s State of the Union speech on Wednesday (13 September), but several said he would face stiff opposition for countering "multi-speed Europe" by encouraging all states to join the euro.

13-09-2017

On the eurozone, Juncker goes wide but not deep

In his speech on the State of the Union, Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on the extension of the eurozone, but not on its deepening. He fears the two-speed Europe defended by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 13-09-2017

Without changing treaties, Juncker changes the EU

The long-awaited State of the Union address delivered by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (13 September) has boldly set a plan for EU institutional change, without changing the Treaties.

Central Europe 13-09-2017

State of the Union: Juncker snubs Poland, overwhelms Romania, Bulgaria

Pro-European EU members Bulgaria and Romania were overwhelmed with attention in Commission President’s Jean-Claude Juncker State of the Union speech today (13 September). In contrast, Poland, l‘enfant terrible of the EU, was not mentioned a single time.

12-09-2017

‘Adios Spain’: Huge rally for Catalan independence before vote

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied yesterday (11 September) to demand their region's secession from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum which has been banned by Madrid.

Economy & Jobs 08-09-2017

Amid EU treaty change fever, national ministers urge caution

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised an aggressive push to reform the European Union after the German election. But there is still great unease about opening this Pandora’s box.

08-09-2017

In Athens, Macron outlines ‘roadmap’ for European democratic revival

French President Emmanuel Macron sketched a plan to "rebuild" the European Union through wider democracy and public accountability at the start of a two-day visit to Greece on Thursday (7 September).

Economy & Jobs 07-09-2017

Polish PM accuses Macron of pursuing ‘protectionism’ in EU

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "trying to introduce protectionism" on Wednesday (6 September) amid a clash over his proposals to overhaul a controversial EU rule on sending workers abroad.

EU Priorities 2020 06-09-2017

Tajani maps out strategy for European Parliament 2019 elections

With just under two years to go until the next European elections, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has sketched out campaign priorities that rebuff Euroscepticism and populism in favour of getting more people to come out and vote.

Brexit 06-09-2017

Vision for EU takes centre stage in Juncker’s state of union address

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will outline his ideas for the future of Europe in his landmark annual speech before the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg on 13 September.

06-09-2017

Macron to deliver vision for EU democracy in Athens

President Emmanuel Macron will this week unveil his vision for European reform in Athens. On the menu is the eurozone, transnational lists for 50 MEPs and democratic conventions, whose results are expected ahead of the next EU elections. EURACTIV France reports.

06-09-2017

Poland warns multi-speed Europe could spawn ‘more Brexits’

Polish President Andrzej Duda warned on Tuesday (5 September) that a multi-speed Europe could spawn "more Brexits" and the breakdown of the EU, after powerful eurozone members like France and Germany backed the model.

Enlargement 05-09-2017

Slovenia says it would be ‘very funny’ if Croatia joined Schengen

Slovenia on Monday (4 September) warned fellow EU member Croatia that failure to implement the Piran ruling will amount to a breach of the EU's rule of law.

EU and Hungary spar over border fence ahead of court ruling

The EU's executive and Hungary traded barbs over migration, ahead of a key European court ruling on 6 September which is widely expected to deal a blow to the eastern Europeans' fight against hosting refugees.

Elections 04-09-2017

Merkel and Schulz butt heads over Turkey and migration in only TV debate

Turkey's place in Europe was in the spotlight during the only televised debate between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrat challenger Martin Schulz on Sunday evening (3 September), which featured few other questions relating to the EU.

Economy & Jobs 01-09-2017

Paris and Berlin at odds over ‘grand bargain’ to deepen eurozone

French President Emmanuel Macron's push for an ambitious overhaul of Europe's single currency bloc is running up against robust resistance in Berlin despite conciliatory public signals from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Economy & Jobs 31-08-2017

Half-baked eurozone reforms ‘would put Europe on the line’

Saving the eurozone will require “stronger political will from France and Germany”, a French government spokesman said after a ministerial meeting including German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Paris on Wednesday (30 August). EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

31-08-2017

Juncker and Merkel go radio-silent in Berlin meet-up

European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker has in the past publicly backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for re-election in September. But neither were willing to discuss a “confidential” meeting on Wednesday (30 August). EURACTIV Germany reports.