During an interview on 8 March, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU needed its own military, in order to deal with the Russian threat, as well as to restore the bloc's standing around the world.
National politicians have remained largely indifferent to a recent "analytical note" by the European Commission aimed at launching a debate over the future of the eurozone. EU leaders seem to be keeping their powder dry until the EU summit in June, when a second paper is expected. The EURACTIV network reports.
SPECIAL REPORT: Italy’s battle to rescue its ailing industry has become emblematic of Europe’s economic woes, especially in the south. But a government campaign to save national firms from bankruptcy seems to be gaining traction, also thanks to backing from Pope Francis.