About: Lisbon Treaty

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.

EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2017

Duff : Is the European Parliament really a serious parliament?

Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. Today, circumstances have thrown it a golden opportunity to take another major step – but it looks as though MEPs are going to retreat again, argues Andrew Duff.

Politics 16-06-2017

Support for Lisbon Treaty was unnecessary investment of political capital

The mantra of European elites for the support of the Lisbon Treaty included greater transparency of the decision-making process. Almost ten years after signing the Treaty, Mirek Topolánek says he now knows "for sure" that his support was unnecessary.

Public Affairs 15-02-2017

Commission fluffs lines on decision-making reform

The European Commission has revealed its long-awaited reform of the so-called comitology decision-making process. But it has already been criticised for not being ambitious enough and concerns have been raised about whether the proposal stands any chance of being approved.

Brexit 06-02-2017

Brussels refutes claims that it will make UK sport teams wear EU flag

The EU this weekend scolded the British tabloid press for claiming it is demanding that its flag be flown at sporting events and displayed on team shirts.

Brexit 02-02-2017

UK unveils Brexit blueprint

The British government on Thursday (2 February) presented its Brexit strategy to parliament, publishing 12 objectives that it believes will secure "a new, positive and constructive partnership" with the EU.

Brexit 17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.

Brexit 03-01-2017

UK ambassador in Brussels quits on eve of Brexit negotiations

Britain’s ambassador to the EU has unexpectedly resigned, just weeks before the UK triggers Article 50 to begin negotiating its exit from the bloc, the Financial Times reported Tuesday (2 January).

Future EU 08-11-2016

Spanish philosopher: ‘We have lost the idea of Europe’

Philosopher José Antonio Marina told EURACTIV Spain that the idea of Europe has been lost and called on the EU to undertake a period of “quiet” reflection in order to relaunch a project imbued with “intellectual, political and economic vigour”.

24-10-2016

Sturgeon frustrated by Brexit talks with May

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Monday (24 October) she would not watch her country "driven off a hard Brexit cliff" as she voiced frustration at her latest talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trade & Society 19-09-2016

Vestager’s poisoned Apple

Kicking the big guy in the shins is always a popular political diversion – particularly when the big guy in question is an American multinational, writes Dick Roche.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would ‘fan the flames of populism’

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.

Luxembourg foreign minister wants Hungary out of EU

Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, has called for Hungary to be thrown out of the European Union. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 18-07-2016

Kaufmann: Brexit means EU ‘has a mountain to climb ahead of it’

A debate about the future development of the EU has raged across the continent since the UK's Brexit vote. While many believe this is the beginning of the end, others, like Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann MEP, see it as an opportunity to start afresh. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Euro & Finance 14-07-2016

Decision-making and disarray in the EU

The EU’s complex bureaucracy has prevented it from dealing with crises effectively, writes Antonia Colibasanu.

Euro & Finance 12-07-2016

Civil servants join call to cut Barroso’s EU pension after Goldman Sachs hire

The main trade union of EU civil servants has added its voice to the chorus of politicians demanding that the European Commission take an "appropriate decision" on José Manuel Barroso's new position at Goldman Sachs. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 06-07-2016

A wakeup call for Europe

The UK referendum was a clear signal that Europe is not working. Citizens are tired of paternalistic, closed-door decision-making. The time for a democratic overhaul is now, writes Gerald Häfner.

Jean-Claude Juncker.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.

Languages & Culture 09-06-2016

Language discrimination rife across EU

Calls for legislation to be drawn up or even for a Language Commissioner to be appointed have been made, in order to combat a rising number of discrimination cases across the European Union.

EU formally warns Poland in rule-of-law row

The EU today (1 June) formally warned Poland that it should find a solution to roll back Warsaw's overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics say endangers its independence.

Global Europe 05-04-2016

United we stand, divided we fall

The many challenges facing Europe cannot be solved on a national level. The EU must respond in a coherent, comprehensive way or risk being pulled apart, writes Petros Fassoulas.

Future EU 16-03-2016

Elmar Brok: ‘The idea that the EU will not advance any further is false’

EU treaty changes are laborious and come with a great deal of uncertainty. As a result, the European Parliament is assessing an own-initiative report that intends to assess what reforms of the functioning of the EU are possible without treaty changes. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 22-02-2016

Josep Borrell: Spain’s influence on EU is ‘negligible’

Former President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell has criticised Spain’s role in European politics over the last decade and Mariano Rajoy’s role in forwarding Spanish interests.

Brexit 08-02-2016

Seven steps to winning a referendum

Nicholas Whyte takes a journey back in time to previous referendums in order to consider whether the UK and EU can learn anything from the lessons of the past.