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Future EU 09-05-2018

European luminaries warn about new phase of EU ‘lethargy’

In an open letter, a number of well-known European public figures have asked EU leaders to come up with a clear plan for a "revival of the European Union", saying they feared “a new phase of lethargy” that could encourage a rise of populist parties in the European elections in May 2019.
08-05-2018

Poland plays down possible EU budget cuts

Poland on Monday (7 May) played down possible EU funding cuts over its controversial judicial reforms – in addition to sanctions it already faces – saying it sees room for negotiation over financial allocations.
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2018

Putting the social dimension on equal footing with the economy

An improved EU legislation that boosts workers’ information, consultation and participation rights will push social matters higher up on the EU political agenda, according to the participants of a symposium about workers held in Brussels on 26-27 April.
Economy & Jobs 02-05-2018

EU budget proposal 2021-2027 – as it happened

The European Commission unveils its proposal for the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 today (2 May), setting the stage for a bruising and long negotiation with member states and parliament.
30-04-2018

Brussels begins big battle on post-Brexit budget

The EU will this week unveil its first formal plans for a larger, one-trillion-euro-plus long-term budget after Britain's departure, which threaten to further deepen divisions in the bloc.
Future EU 24-04-2018

MEPs defend ‘ambitious budget’ for cohesion policy

Threatened by cuts in the EU's next multi-annual budget (2021-2027), regional policy is clearly under threat and several MEPs are now coming to the frontline to defend it. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

Merkel urges ‘compromise’ on eurozone reform

Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union.
Banking union 16-04-2018

Not all Macron’s EU reforms possible, German finance minister says

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said EU reforms proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron should be addressed before European elections next year, but added that some of the proposals were not feasible.
11-04-2018

EU clears path for collective law suits

Consumers will be able to sue companies in collective action lawsuits spanning multiple EU countries, under a new European Commission proposal.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Juncker casts doubt on resolving tariff dispute with Trump by 1 May deadline

The EU is unlikely to secure permanent exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs by the time President Trump’s stopgap reprieve from the measures expires on 1 May, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

EU leaders postpone decision on trade amid wariness over US tariff exemption

EU leaders postponed a decision on trade as the first day of a European Council summit wrapped up around 1AM on Friday morning (23 March), in a display of their wariness about the Trump administration’s announcement hours earlier that it will exempt Europe from tariffs on steel and aluminium.
Future EU 16-03-2018

Citizens’ consultations: An ambitious gamble to connect citizens with Brussels

France hopes to reconnect Brussels and European citizens through debates organised by civil society. Jean-Claude Juncker’s participation in the first event on 17 April has yet to be confirmed. EURACTIV.fr reports
Enlargement 02-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express -Juncker’s Magical Mystery Tour

Jean-Claude Juncker completed his shuttle diplomacy tour of the Western Balkans this week in the manner of an ageing soccer captain playing the last games of his career.
23-02-2018

Juncker warns of cuts to MFF despite member states’ promised additional cash

Most EU leaders accepted on Friday (23 February) that they will add more funds to the EU budget after 2020, but European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that funds for farmers and cohesion would still be reduced.
23-02-2018

Rift between Juncker and Tusk deepens over Spitzenkandidat process

EU leaders have dealt a blow to the controversial Spitzenkandidat system of electing a European Commission president, setting themselves up for a fight with the European Parliament. The rift between Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council chief Donald Tusk deepened as the two officials clashed over the process.
16-02-2018

Baltic leaders back bigger EU budget after Brexit

The leaders of three Baltic states yesterday (15 February) backed a proposal for EU members to pay more into the bloc's budget after 2020 to fill a Brexit void.
Future EU 09-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express: Mistrust is gaining ground in Europe

The wind of enthusiasm blown by the victory of President Emmanuel Macron last June has vanished. In a historic vote on Wednesday, the European Parliament rejected the innovative idea of transnational lists.
Elections 05-02-2018

German coalition agreement: No breakthrough for Europe yet

After a week of talks, German coalition negotiators agreed on the cornerstones of their new programme. But when a new government could actively participate in meaningful EU reform is still uncertain. EURACTIV Germany reports.
02-02-2018

Romania backs Poland in rejecting EU funding conditionality

Romania backed Poland yesterday (1 February) in vehemently rejecting proposals to tie future European Union subsidies to member states' adherence to the rule of law.
31-01-2018

World Economic Forum: Full coverage from Davos

Between 23 and 26 January, the Swiss mountain village of Davos hosted the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The programme, initiatives and projects of this year's meeting focused on the theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. EURACTIV's editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti and business editor Jorge Valero reported extensively from Davos.
Future EU 23-01-2018

French and German MPs to agree to a new Élysée Treaty

On the 55th anniversary of the 1963 treaty, the French National Assembly and the German Bundestag both adopted, on the same day, a resolution calling for the strengthening of Franco-German relations. EURACTIV France reports
Future EU 19-01-2018

Austria and Germany: An old quarrel that never dies

During the refugee crisis, Austria's then foreign minister and now Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has emerged as a fierce Merkel critic. During his inaugural visit to Berlin this week, it became clear that their differences aren't going anywhere, writes EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2018

Merkel in Paris on Friday to discuss Europe’s future with Macron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Paris on Friday (19 January) for a working meeting with President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the future of Europe, the French leader's office said.
15-01-2018

The Brief – Guindos, Spain’s best option for ECB post?

Candidates for the ECB vice-presidency will put forward their names next week. For Spain, there is more at stake than meets the eye as it almost feels this is one of its last chances to regain some clout in Europe, writes Jorge Valero.