Politics

Future EU 21-01-2022

Šuica: Commission will support changes to treaties if citizens ask

Citizens’ recommendations are “at the heart of the process” of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), Dubravka Šuica said in an interview with EURACTIV. If the recommendations include changes to treaties, the Commission will support them, in line...

Interview: Why did so many Kurds go to Belarus?

Political disillusionment, lack of economic opportunities and dreams of a better life are reasons why many asylum seekers that enter Lithuania from Belarus originate from Iraqi Kurdistan, a region considered one of the wealthiest and most stable in the region.

French ambassador: Smooth transition between presidency stints in common interest

France is intensively preparing for its EU presidency starting in January while working closely with Slovenia, whose stint at the helm of the EU is ending, French Ambassador to Slovenia Florence Ferrari told STA in an interview.
Future EU 23-12-2021

‘We need to know what happened in Europe in order to understand the Europe of today’

Despite the importance of history teaching to understand our past and present, Matjaž Gruden, director of democratic participation at the Observatory for History Teaching in Europe, worries that it is falling down the list of priorities in education across Europe.
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Future EU 21-12-2021

Rural youth can’t be ignored in the debate on Europe’s future

While the voices of rural young people are often not heard by European decision-makers, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) should be an opportunity for them to have a say on their future if we have learnt anything from Brexit, according to Daniel Grist from the NGO Rural Youth Europe.
Future EU 10-12-2021

Future of Europe conference ‘not a listening exercise without consequences’, says leading MEP

“Governments are obliged to react, they cannot bypass citizens’ proposals”, Italian socialist MEP Brando Benifei told EURACTIV in an interview on the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Enlargement 10-12-2021

Leave Serbia, Montenegro to do their homework, says Belgrade’s human rights minister

The European Union should move on outstanding promises of enlarging the bloc while leaving the two frontrunners in the waiting room, Serbia and Montenegro, to ‘do their homework’, Serbia’s Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Čomić told EURACTIV....
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Future EU 01-12-2021

An ever closer union can be a multi-speed one

The proposals made at the Conference on the Future of Europe for a fiscal union, veto-free EU decision making in foreign affairs, and transnational lists will need backing by civil society if they are to succeed, according to the newly elected president of the Young European Federalists.
Future EU 29-11-2021

Democracy expert: CoFoE at risk of being PR exercise

The Conference for the Future of Europe is well underway. Still, concerns have been raised from the get-go that citizens' proposals might not be taken seriously or implemented fully by European lawmakers for various reasons.
Elections 12-11-2021

Bulgaria’s justice minister: ‘This chief prosecutor will bring us EU sanctions’

In an exclusive interview for EURACTIV Bulgaria, the caretaker justice minister Ivan Demerdjiev offered scathing criticism of Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev, saying that unless he is removed, Bulgaria risks losing access to EU funding.
Future EU 28-10-2021

Middelaar: Pandemic exposed Europe’s geopolitical vulnerabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic was much more than a health crisis for Europe, which means it needs to transform from rule-political machinery to a political body able to deal with unexpected events, political philosopher and historian Luuk van Middelaar told EURACTIV.

Slovenia: New Europol mandate expected by end of this year

The European Commission, Parliament, and Council will start negotiating the final version of Europol’s new mandate on Wednesday (27 October), which could be ready by December,  Slovenia’s interior minister Aleš Hojs told EURACTIV.com in an interview. According to him, “positions...
Elections 15-10-2021

Márki-Zay: My government would be ‘grand prize’ for the EU

A Hungarian government with Péter Márki-Zay at its helm would be like winning the “grand prize” for the EU, the independent Christian conservative mayor of Hódmezővásárhely told EURACTIV in a phone interview. Péter Márki-Zay is one of the two candidates...
Economy & Jobs 20-09-2021

MEP Freund: Von der Leyen, EPP still shielding Bulgaria’s ex-PM Borissov

In an exclusive interview, MEP Daniel Freund tells about his recent visit to Bulgaria, revealing the frustrations of the caretaker government which did not receive support from the EU Commission in its efforts to tackle money-laundering.

Asselborn: We will kill Schengen if border restrictions persist

Rejecting the idea of 'deportation centres' that would host Afghan refugees in Central Asia, Luxembourgish Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV in an interview the EU holds enormous responsibility towards those who "helped us build an embryo of rule of law" in Afghanistan.

Slovenia: Future of Europe debate should focus on resilience

After the successive crises over two decades, a core issue for the Conference on the Future of Europe should be how to ensure the resilience of the EU and put policies in favour of European citizens first, Slovenia's State Secretary Gašper Dovžan told EURACTIV.
Non-discrimination 23-07-2021

MEP: Diversity is ‘severely missing’ in European Parliament

Members of the European Parliament are directly elected by citizens to represent them and accordingly should reflect European society, an MEP from the Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) told EURACTIV.
Non-discrimination 22-07-2021

More support needed for national equality bodies, stakeholders warn

You can also read this article in Romanian. National equality bodies across Europe still struggle with different levels of independence and competencies, and the EU should do more to support their efforts in the fight against racial discrimination, experts and...
Non-discrimination 21-07-2021

EU’s anti-racism coordinator: Collecting equality data is vital tool in fight against racism

Without measuring and quantifying the extent of discrimination and inequalities in Europe, it becomes very difficult to effectively tackle them, the EU’s first anti-racism coordinator, Michaela Moua, told EURACTIV. You can also read this interview in Romanian.  Michaela Moua is...
08-07-2021

Released Catalan leader: Catalan issue requires a ‘multilateral solution’

Oriol Junqueras, former Catalan vice-president and pro-independence leader who had been jailed for his role in Catalonia's failed secession attempt, visited Strasbourg and Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday (6-7 July), after being released from prison with a pardon from the Spanish government.

Sven Giegold: ECB should start ‘digging into’ financial crime in Bulgaria

To join the Euro, Bulgaria needs to tidy up with financial crime, and the European Central Bank (ECB) should be doing its job and finally start “digging into this”, MEP Sven Giegold told EURACTIV in a telephone interview.
Enlargement 22-06-2021

Slovenian FM: EU inaction in Western Balkans ‘strategically dangerous’

The EU needs to move "as soon as possible" from a wait-and-see approach to a problem-solving strategy in dealing with enlargement and the Western Balkans, Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar told EURACTIV in an interview about the priorities for his country's upcoming EU Council presidency.
Elections 03-06-2021

Communist candidate in French 2022 election: ‘We are very different from Mélenchon’

In an interview with EURACTIV France, Communist Party candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, Fabien Roussel, said he wants to be the candidate for the youth and the working man and criticised Europe for pitting the French worker against the Polish one.
Future EU 10-05-2021

Suica: There will be no taboos in dialogue with EU citizens

Ahead of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a year-long dialogue with EU citizens that kicked off on Sunday (9 May, Europe Day), EURACTIV Croatia spoke to the European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, in charge of the conference organisation, about the overall objectives, and expectations.