Future EU

21-01-2019

France and Germany endorse a disenchanted vision of their relationship in new treaty

The treaty that France and Germany will sign on Tuesday (22 January) stems from Macron’s pro-European vigour. The text is a pragmatic one, promoting the economy and defence rather than politics but some major differences remain. EURACTIV France reports.
18-01-2019

Trans-Europe Express – Feminism at the heart of the European Parliament

This week the European Parliament called for a more gender-balanced chamber, as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez defended feminism as one of the core values of the EU.
Agrifood 18-01-2019

Time to give up sacred EU budget cows

As EU member states debate the bloc’s next 7-year budget, no sector should be off-limits. Annika Hedberg argues that each euro spent should provide added value for the EU and its citizens, including the agricultural sector, a major recipient of EU money.
EU Elections 2019 17-01-2019

Spanish PM: If Europe protects us, we need to protect Europe

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stood up for a more social, feminist, greener and united Europe, in his speech on the future of the EU before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 January). 
EU Elections 2019 14-01-2019

Gdańsk mayor’s murder sends shockwaves through EU

Paweł Adamowicz, the liberal mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk, died on Monday (14 January) of his wounds, a day after being stabbed by a man who rushed the stage during a charity event. EU officials said they were devastated and expressed utter shock.
14-01-2019

Catalan republicanism and European federalism

Republicanism in Catalonia is inseparable from both Catalanism and European federalism, writes Oriol Junqueras, who argues that Europe faces a crucial crossroads: on the one hand, an increasingly extreme right, and on the other, a modern European federalist left.
EU Elections 2019 11-01-2019

Orban puts hopes in new anti-migration European Parliament

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday (10 January) said he hoped the next European Parliament will be dominated by anti-immigration forces. He also criticised France and Germany in blunt terms, saying he "must fight" French President Emmanuel Macron.
11-01-2019

‘Hell on earth’: The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos

Living conditions in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, housing thousands of refugees, are particularly difficult, according to Oxfam. As the weather turns colder, the charity is calling for an immediate reaction from Europe. EURACTIV France reports.

Romania glosses over presidency preparedness concerns

As Romania formally launched its six-month-long presidency of the EU, its foreign affairs chief insisted that the country was prepared to helm the Council ship for the very first time.
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

France kick-starts ‘grand national debate’ to calm yellow vest protesters

From 15 January to 15 March France will hold what President Emmanuel Macron has termed the "great national debate", a public consultation to discuss the "essential questions" facing the nation after nearly two months of violent so-called yellow vest protests.
Freedom of thought 09-01-2019

Far-right policies see Italy’s democracy ranking plummet

The policies of Italy's anti-immigrant and anti-establishment government which came to power last June have torpedoed the country's global democracy ranking, a think tank said Wednesday (9 January).

Malta demands EU solution before migrants disembark

Malta is pushing other European countries to take in around 250 migrants in its care before it will allow dozens of people stuck on two rescue boats to disembark, a government source said Tuesday (8 January).

Pope urges EU to show ‘solidarity’ with migrants stranded off Malta

Pope Francis on Sunday (6 January) urged EU leaders to show "concrete solidarity" with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.
Economy & Jobs 07-01-2019

20 years of the euro: An imperfect success story

The single currency, which was officially launched on 1 January 1999, has performed its role of shielding against crises and stabilising prices. However, the insufficient convergence of the eurozone’s economies shows the fragility of this incomplete construction. EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune reports.
28-12-2018

Requiem for a year of hope

The political impetus and the economic momentum filled with optimism the early stages of the year ending. But divisions among member states killed the ambition once felt. Hope turned into fear and protests. The EU braces for a very troubling period.
EU Elections 2019 27-12-2018

2019 LOOKAHEAD: New brand of social upheaval takes shape ahead of EU elections

The yellow vests in France and Belgium may be only the tip of the iceberg of a major social upheaval ahead of the European elections, with a common denominator: people protesting their worsening living standards do not want to be represented by the existing political forces.
Elections 21-12-2018

Spanish cabinet to meet in Catalonia amid separatist protests

Catalan pro-independence groups plan to protest and block roads in Barcelona on Friday (21 December) as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez holds a cabinet meeting in the city under tight security.
Global Europe 20-12-2018

Nine EU members stay away from UN migration pact

Three EU members voted against, five abstained and one didn’t vote during the formal ratification on Wednesday (19 December) in New York of the Global Compact on Migration.
EU Elections 2019 19-12-2018

Hungary protests spark opposition coalition – but will it last?

Week-long protests in Budapest have forged fragmented opposition parties into a rare coalition against Viktor Orbán, drawing young Hungarians into the streets to demonstrate against what they see as his increasingly authoritarian rule.

Romanian president to try to block government pardons

Romania's centre-right President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday (18 December)  that he will invite himself to meetings of the left-wing cabinet in order to prevent it passing proposed criminal pardons that could benefit prominent politicians. 
EU Elections 2019 18-12-2018

Weber: There is no special treatment for Viktor Orban in EPP

For the European People's Party, it is clear that Europe must stand by its principles and defend the rule of law, Manfred Weber, the head of the EPP group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV Poland.
18-12-2018

Poland bows to EU court reversal of Supreme Court retirements

Poland on Monday (17 December) bowed to a ruling by the EU’s top court ordering it to suspend a law that had lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges amid concerns about judicial independence. The European Court of Justice (ECJ)...
17-12-2018

Opposition MPs ejected from Hungary state TV after protest

Security guards ejected two independent lawmakers from Hungary's state television building on Monday (17 December) after they tried to read out a petition, a day after police used tear gas against pro-democracy protesters in Budapest.
EU Elections 2019 17-12-2018

Romania slams EU ahead of taking rotating presidency

Leaders of Romania's left-wing ruling majority on Sunday (16 December) accused the European Union of "discriminatory" treatment, two weeks before the eastern European country takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.