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New treaty gets EU legal clearance, UK sidelined

Topic: EU Treaty

Future EU 22-06-2016

Sarkozy calls for 'new European treaty' after Brexit vote

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy called Tuesday (21 June) for Paris and Berlin to make a joint push for "a new European treaty" following Britain's vote on whether to leave the bloc.
UK & Europe 04-02-2016

‘Facilitating Coexistence’: the endgame for Brexit

There is much said and to be said about this Brexit business, writes Andrew Duff. The Liberal leader gives his view on the continuation of negotiations between now and the meeting of the European Council on 18-19 February.
Euro & Finance 08-07-2015

How to leave the Euro, more or less legally

If a Grexit proves unavoidable, it will require expert management, writes Andrew Duff. The ex-MEP explains how it should be negotiated, if Athens is forced to leave the eurozone.
Euro & Finance 30-06-2015

Juncker makes last minute offer to Greece

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a last-minute offer to Athens in a bid to reach a bailout agreement before the deadline expires today (30 June), European Union and Greek government sources said.
UK & Europe 28-05-2015

Weber: 'The British government must remain realistic'

David Cameron should not overburden negotiations with EU partners with unattainable demands, says the head of the  EPP Group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber. Discrimination against EU citizens in the United Kingdom would be a "red line" the CSU politician told Tagesspiegel.
Europe's East 20-03-2015

Juncker: I watch Euronews all night long

At the end of the EU summit on Friday, 20 March, EurActiv Senior Editor Georgi Gotev asked Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker if he was aware that Ukraine had banned Euronews, after a controversial businessman bought the Ukrainian service.
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2014

New president, new 'Constitution'?

Juncker's election might mark a new phase of European construction. But the Union's institutional, political and constitutional foundations need renovation, writes Yves Bertoncini.
Public Affairs 16-05-2014

EU secret revealed: Rome Treaty was signed on blank sheet

At the launch of a book on the history of the European Commission, officials revealed some of the best-kept secrets in EU history. Among them is the incredible story of the signing of the Treaty of Rome establishing the European Economic Community, on 1 January 1958.
EU Elections 2014 06-05-2014

Federalist candidate: It’s not about immigration, it's about mobility

The European Federalist Party will run in seven EU member states in the EU elections. Candidate Pietro De Matteis urges to put a federal Europe up to a vote, as “national parties no longer have the tools to do what they promise to the people”.
EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2013

Barroso warns MEPs EU is running out of cash

Only hours before EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso called on MEPs and European governments to reach a deal on the 2013 EU budget. During a plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Barroso warned that he EU's executive is running out of money and might not be able to pays its bills as from mid-November. According to the Commission, the current shortfall is due to unexpected low income from European imports duties.
UK & Europe 06-05-2013

Britain and the EU: An ever-closer union?

The question of Britain in Europe has been a running sore in British public life for too long, and as such has proved a constant irritant on both sides of the Channel. It needs to be settled, writes Malcolm Rifkind.
Elections 18-04-2013

Hungary's critics should check their facts

Before liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt calls for Article 7 of the EU treaty to be applied against Hungary, he should check his facts, Enik? Gy?ri says in a commentary submitted to EurActiv. 
UK & Europe 12-04-2013

UK liberals, Tories find common ground in EU membership clash

Leaders of the British liberals and conservatives in the European Parliament, meeting head-to-head at a Brussels debate, found common ground amid a philosophical clash over the UK's membership of the EU.
Future EU 11-04-2013

Third term for Commission president is one too many

The five-year mandate of the present European Commission President expires 31 October 2014. Contrary to the restrictive provisions concerning the president of the European Council and the members of the Court of Justice, the EU Treaty is silent over the possibility of reinstating the Commission's presidents and members, writes Eberhard Rhein.
Euro & Finance 12-11-2012

EU between a rock and a hard place

Establishing a genuine dialogue about what the EU is and what it does is essential to prevent the inevitable from happening: the hardening of stereotypes, euroscepticism and resistance to needed steps towards greater integration, write Marko Bucik and Nikos Lampropoulos.
Future EU 24-09-2012

Regional independence: Opening Pandora's box

It is too simplistic to propose that a region could simply remain in the European Union after seceding from its EU member state and that the ‘evaporation theory’ of Belgium's New Flemish Alliance cannot adequately grasp all the political and legal problems which such a scenario would entail, say Guillaume Van der Loo and Merijn Chamon.
Future EU 07-09-2012

Leading MEPs rebuff eurozone parliament plan

Leading MEPs have branded as "nonsense" the idea of creating a ‘eurozone parliament’ which diplomats say four EU leaders plan to present next month in response to the bloc's sovereign debt crisis.
Future EU 27-07-2012

Majority of French want referendum over new EU budget treaty

A slim majority of French, 52%, want the new European Union budgetary treaty to go to a referendum, while 53% say they would vote yes, says a study by French market research group OpinionWay. reports.
Elections 07-05-2012

Hollande to fight austerity after beating Sarkozy

The victory of French social-democrat Francois Hollande in the Sunday's presidential elections creates a completely new dynamic on the European agenda. The newly elected president has openly positioned himself against Germany's way of managing the euro crisis, emphasizing that Austerity can no longer be the only option. EU Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso, a member of Sarkozy's political family, welcomed Hollande's victory. Barroso said both leaders share the same growth-driven view for Europe.
Elections 05-03-2012

EU treaty row storms into French presidential campaign

Conservative European leaders from Germany, Spain, Italy and Britain have banded together to shun the campaign of François Hollande, the socialist candidate for the presidential election in France and front-runner in the opinion polls, according to weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
UK & Europe 27-01-2012

Cameron not worried by Britain's Europe isolation

Britain should be relaxed about being "out of the room" when Europe discusses eurozone issues, Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday (26 January), dismissing any prospect of signing up to a new treaty with other EU states to enforce stricter budget controls.
Euro & Finance 25-01-2012

Poland demands voice on euro to join new fiscal pact

Poland, a European Union member but outside the eurozone, warned on yesterday (24 January) it could not sign up to the bloc's new treaty on tighter fiscal rules if it is not allowed to take part in meetings of the single-currency states.
Future EU 25-01-2012

Legal challenges await EU fiscal treaty in Ireland

Ireland may still have to hold a referendum on Europe's new fiscal treaty even if the government decides next month that it does not need a popular vote to sign up to the pact.

New treaty gets EU legal clearance, UK sidelined

A draft intergovernmental treaty to tighten fiscal discipline in the eurozone has received the green light from the European Council's legal service, paving the way for a final text to be agreed by the end of January, EU officials said on Friday (16 December).