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25-03-2019

The Brief – A Roman comedy of errors

Today marks the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957 by the six founding member countries, which laid the groundwork for what was to become the EU. Five years ago, EURACTIV disclosed a veritable comedy of errors related to the signing of the foundational Treaty.

Macron slams the EPP compromise on Orbán’s Fidesz party

French President Macron spoke in very critical terms on Friday (22 March) about the compromise reached by the European People’s Party to suspend, but not exclude Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from the European centre-right family.
EU Elections 2019 22-03-2019

French jailbirds to vote in EU elections for first time

For the first time, a prison in northern France will make sure inmates are able to vote at the EU elections in May. Almost all of France's 80,000 prisoners have the right to cast a ballot but few have managed to exercise it until now. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2019

With Brexit imminent, EU celebrates ‘neighbourly cooperation’ with EEA

Only hours after intense Brexit negotiations on a delay to the UK's exit date, EU leaders on Friday (22 March) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement on joint legislation on movement of goods, services, persons and capital.
Brexit 21-03-2019

Back May’s Brexit deal and you get more time, EU leaders tell Westminster

EU leaders will grant the United Kingdom a possible eight-week delay to Brexit provided that the House of Commons passes the Withdrawal Agreement next week, according to conclusions agreed the European Council summit on late Thursday (21 March) night.
20-03-2019

EPP votes to suspend Hungary’s Fidesz party membership

The European People's Party (EPP) suspended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party over alleged violations of EU rule-of-law principles on Wednesday (20 March), in a compromise solution that allowed the EPP to keep its 'bad boy' in and bolster party unity ahead of the European elections.
Brexit 20-03-2019

May and Juncker in tug of war over Brexit extension deadline

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the EU on Wednesday (20 March) for an extension of the Brexit date until 30 June. In response, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that Brexit needs to be completed before 23 May.

Belgium, Germany make joint proposal for EU rule of law monitoring mechanism

Germany and Belgium put forward on Tuesday (19 March) a joint proposal for a rule of law peer review in all EU member states. The new mechanism is meant to be applied in parallel to the already existing Article 7 procedure enshrined in the treaties.
14-03-2019

Outraged reactions in France as Germany’s CDU disavows Strasbourg

The president of Germany's ruling CDU party considers the European Parliament's presence in Strasbourg to be an “anachronism”. France has other ideas. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 13-03-2019

Hungary covers posters featuring Juncker during Weber’s visit

The head of the European Parliament's dominant centre-right bloc met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday (12 March), again calling for the populist leader to apologise for an anti-EU billboard campaign.
12-03-2019

We are pro-EU and pro-NATO, Slovak PM tells MEPs

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini called for lawmakers to make renewed efforts to ensure social and economic cohesion in the EU in his ‘future of Europe’ speech to MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday (12 March) . Delivering his speech to a...
12-03-2019

Merkel distances herself from Macron’s Europe vision

Less than two months after celebrating a new Franco-German treaty, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are diverging on the future of Europe in the run-up to European Parliament elections in May.
11-03-2019

Merkel’s successor responds to Macron’s Europe vision

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's anointed successor outlined her vision for Europe, a German paper reported Saturday (9 March), aligning with recent French proposals on security but disagreeing on key social issues.
08-03-2019

The Brief, powered by EUROBAT – Thank a feminist

The European Union, like most other institutions in the world, remains largely led by men. On International Women’s Rights Day, we remember the founding mothers of the institution.
EU Elections 2019 08-03-2019

Orban says Fidesz may leave EPP, look at Poland for alliance

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (8 March) his ruling nationalist Fidesz party may drop out of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) amid a row over his government's anti-Brussels media campaign.

No agreement on asylum possible before EU elections, EU member states admit

EU interior minister on Thursday (7 March) failed to conclude the overhaul of the EU’s migration policy. This means that under the Juncker Commission no further progress could be expected on a dossier expected to take center stage at the European elections.

Romania indicts Kövesi for a second time while MEPs back her for EU prosecutor

The European Parliament officially backed Romanian magistrate Laura Codruța Kövesi to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor on Thursday (7 March), while in Bucharest, she was summoned to court and indicted for a second time.
EU Elections 2019 07-03-2019

The Brief, powered by EUROBAT – Orban could do the EU a big favour

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is splitting the EPP. But by doing so, he could actually save Europe from a nightmare scenario: the centre-right and the far-right forging a Eurosceptic majority coalition in the next European Parliament.
EU Elections 2019 07-03-2019

Hungary plays down the EPP demand for apology as ‘an opinion’

Hungary defied demands to apologise on Wednesday (6 March) for vitriolic criticism of EU leaders, but a senior government aide suggested it was seeking compromise to avoid its ruling party’s ejection from the main conservative group in the European Parliament....
Politics 06-03-2019

Czech PM raps Macron’s call for EU reforms

A call by French President Emmanuel Macron for reforms of the European Union to pave the way to a "European renaissance" won polite support in several capitals on Tuesday (5 March), but Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš called it “divorced from reality’. 
EU Elections 2019 06-03-2019

Weber gives Orbán chance to apologise and remain in EPP

The Spitzenkandidat of the main centre-right party for the European elections said on Tuesday (5 March) that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán must apologise for his criticism of the EU or his ruling Fidesz party could be suspended from the grouping.
EU Elections 2019 05-03-2019

The Brief, powered by EUROBAT – Dead on arrival

Let us be honest: Although the Spitzenkandidaten are currently touring Europe like third-rate rock stars in an attempt to make themselves known to voters, most of them deep in their heart already suspect the top candidate process is a dead end. And here's why.
05-03-2019

Macron makes EU-wide appeal ‘for European renewal’

French President Emmanuel Macron made an appeal to all Europeans on Monday (4 March) to re-launch the EU project by holding a conference "without taboos" before year's end that could possibly lead to a new treaty.
EU Elections 2019 04-03-2019

Hungary to replace Juncker with Timmermans in poster campaign

Hungary's government announced Saturday (2 March) that it would end a controversial poster campaign accusing US philanthropist George Soros and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker of supporting illegal migration.

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