Future EU

24-03-2017

A very happy birthday to the European Union

There will be a sombre atmosphere when EU leaders gather in Rome later today (24 March). Just a few days after the summit, the UK will trigger Article 50. But now the bloc is tasked with rekindling public support for integration, so let’s toast its future, writes Fraser Cameron.

24-03-2017

Sixty years on, we must write a new chapter in our shared history

This is no time for nostalgia. The 60th anniversary celebrations of the Treaty of Rome are a chance to start a new chapter in Europe’s history, write Philippe Lamberts and Ska Keller.

23-03-2017

An EU Youth Strategy that actually makes a difference

“Young people are the future!” - isn’t that a no-brainer! When meeting politicians, we often find them paying lip service to this mantra. But if you tell someone that they are the future, doesn’t it simply mean you are putting them off, Luis Alvarado asks.

21-03-2017

The Europe we want: Fair, sustainable, democratic and inclusive

The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is a huge opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe, write a number of European organisations.

Politics 21-03-2017

European defence and the Eurocorps model

Today it is clear that a robust European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is a must, and the time to enhance it has come, writes Lieutenant General Alfredo Ramirez.

21-03-2017

What’s in store for the EU (hint: it might not be what you think)

Certainly, the past 10 years have been tough for Europe but, as the EU celebrates its 60th anniversary, it must also build on its positive achievements in order to tackle the numerous challenges ahead, writes Jacques Bughin.

Politics 20-03-2017

Scots are tired of never-ending referendums

Scottish people are tired of referendums, writes MEP Ian Duncan, who argues that the conditions for a Scottish independence vote have not been met.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

20-03-2017

The EU budget: Unlocking a new vision for Europe

The key to unlocking a more inspiring and politically winnable New Vision for a strong Europe may well be the next European budget, writes David Holyoake.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

How Erasmus+ could benefit refugees

The European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term review must consider how to harness the potential of the scheme in addressing Europe’s shifting realities. Providing grants to refugee students and academics is one way to start, writes Michael Gaebel.

16-03-2017

The EU debate: So much more than a cost-benefit analysis

The debate over the value of the EU has deteriorated into a tedious cost-benefit analysis of the project. EU leaders and supporters need to transform the discussion and reframe their arguments so as to promote greater public understanding of its benefits, writes Cian McCarthy.

15-03-2017

Juncker’s missing scenario: Empower the member states

President Jean-Claude Juncker presented five scenarios for the future of Europe. But there is a sixth option, which is better than those sketched out in the White Paper, reveals Karl Aiginger.

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10-03-2017

Debating EU relaunch from the March 25 Summit

Ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Union faces complex challenges that call for a common vision of its leaders. The signatories of the Roadmap of the 9 May Movement call Europeans to join them in a 'March for Europe' in Rome.

09-03-2017

The EU may bend to keep from breaking

The idea of protecting the European Union by making it more flexible appears to be a reasonable choice under the current circumstances, writes Stratfor.

09-03-2017

Two- or multi-speed Europe is a dangerous idea

Europe needs a plan for its future but it should be proposed by a new Commission president, writes MEP Victor Negrescu.

06-03-2017

Visegrád on Juncker’s White Paper: No to a multi-speed Europe

The V4 do not want federalisation, nor a return to only the single market. The emergence of multi-speed Europe is particularly undesirable for them. However, this is where the Visegrád consensus ends, writes Vít Dostál.

Politics 03-03-2017

The EU must uphold its fundamental values

The EU must recognise its shortcomings and remain united. Some member states want more integration, others don’t. Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä proposes no new treaty change and a focus on cooperation in which the bloc moves forward at the same pace.

23-02-2017

Resilient but shaky Bosnia marks a year since EU application

In the year since Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) submitted its formal application to join the European Union, little has gone according to plan for the fragile country, writes Sanford Henry.

22-02-2017

The EU at 60: Rome Summit is a chance to renew our vows

That the EU has lated 60 years is impressive, but if we want to guarantee its future in a changing world, we must reaffirm why EU countries should stay together, write Gianni Pittella and Maria João Rodrigues.

Elections 07-02-2017

Macron, the anti-Trump

Macron winning the French presidency would be more than just a breath of fresh air for the European Union: it would an undeniable victory of Enlightenment values against the populist threat, argues Beatriz Becerra.

EU halts release of anti-corruption report

In Romania, politicians were preparing to legalise political corruption, and elsewhere the misuse of EU funds makes headlines every day. Sandor Lederer asks why has the Commission decided not to release an in-depth anti-corruption report.

Tackling violence against women: A priority for the EU

One in three women in Europe has experienced gender-based violence in her lifetime. 75% of female professionals or managers have experienced sexual harassment. And one in ten women has experienced harassment or stalking online. Violence against women is still very common in Europe, write Věra Jourová and Helena Dalli.

27-01-2017

Trump will divide Europe

European leaders want to strengthen defence cooperation to prepare for the rest of Trump’s presidency and a weakened NATO. However, the new president will most likely divide Europe, not bring it together, warns Jonas J. Driedger.

Global Europe 25-01-2017

Trump will be a gift to Europe’s lost unity

The presidency of Donald J. Trump is going to be a gift to Europe’s troubled and divided policymakers, even though it comes in a package labelled ‘Handle with Care’ and ‘Danger’, writes Giles Merritt.