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  • UK and Europe: For better, not for worse

    Opinion | Brexit 07-11-2012

    The UK grows increasingly euro-sceptic, vetoing the Banking Union, threatening the EU's long-term budget and promising a referendum on membership. However, a EURACTIV ranking of the "40 most influential Britons on current EU policy-making" underlines British influence on European issues. Complementing a federal eurozone, Britain may opt for a 'focused membership’ centred on a better regulated single market, write Christophe Leclercq and Sharon Leclercq-Spooner.

  • Prodi: EU isolationism heralds ‘grave difficulties’ for Britain

    News | Brexit 24-10-2012

    In a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV.de, Romano Prodi, former European Commission President, says moves towards a two-speed European Union were now well underway. Regarding the UK's disengagement from Europe, his assessment is simple: Britain will lose influence and eventually face "grave difficulties".

  • Prodi: ‘Britain will become less powerful and face grave difficulties’

    Interview | Brexit 24-10-2012

    Romano Prodi, former president of the European Commission, shares his views with EURACTIV.de on the future of the single currency and moves towards a two-speed European Union. Regarding the UK's disengagement from Europe, his assessment is simple: Britain will lose influence and eventually face "grave difficulties".

  • UK Tories warned by EU against stifling green agenda

    News | Brexit 09-10-2012

    Brussels has placed itself on a collision course with Britain's ruling Conservative party by issuing a blunt warning on the dangers of stifling the green agenda.

  • Britain halts rail franchise deal

    News | Transport 03-10-2012

    The British government has torn up a deal awarding one of its biggest rail franchises to a private operator, in a humiliating U-turn that raises doubts about the government's handling of the privatised railways.

  • Britain, Europe and referendums

    Opinion | Brexit 17-08-2012

    Europe is the key to the future of the coalition government in Britain. Unless the current tendency to pander to the eurosceptic right is abandoned, the Liberal Democrats will be inevitably driven into a future coalition with a Labour Party that has declined to commit political suicide by heading too far to the left, writes Tom Spencer.

  • UK: Banks urged to study eurozone departures

    News | Brexit 18-07-2012

    Britain's banks have been told to test how they would cope if several eurozone countries exited the single currency, the UK's Financial Services Authority watchdog said.

  • UK’s Europe ‘audit’: True debate or eurosceptic vote-winning ‘ploy’?

    News | Brexit 18-07-2012

    The statement from British Foreign Secretary William Hague that his government would conduct a full "audit" of the impact of EU law on Britain has been condemned by commentators as a mere public relations stunt. But the coalition government has defended it as a chance for constructive debate on the role of the EU institutions at national level.

  • UK wants EU to focus on new CO2 targets instead of renewables

    News | Energy 15-05-2012

    Europe should focus on cutting carbon emissions instead of just repeating the existing EU green policy targets which expire at the end of the decade, Britain's energy and climate chief Edward Davey told a global energy and environment summit.

  • Britain backs down on derivatives rules

    News | Brexit 05-10-2011

    British chancellor George Osborne backed down on one of his key demands that all derivatives trading be immediately covered by new EU rules but won some smaller concessions on controlling a market once described as the "Wild West". 

  • Britain isolated on EU derivatives law

    News | Brexit 04-10-2011

    The UK government has found itself isolated in its opposition to draft EU derivatives rules as finance ministers are expected to express their "unanimous" backing to the European Commission's proposal on Tuesday (4 October).

  • UK referendum puts coalition to the test

    News | Brexit 05-05-2011

    Britons vote today (5 May) in a referendum on electoral reform that has split the year-old coalition government and raised doubts as to whether the partnership will last.

  • The American world turned upside down

    Opinion | Global Europe 21-04-2011

    Despite Anglo-French activism in Libya, the European Union's divisions on interventionism mean that the bloc is no substitute for the United States' continued engagement with the world, argues author and expert on international relations Dominique Moïsi.

  • Britain hosts ‘innovation summit’ with EU Nordic states

    News | Brexit 20-01-2011

    Prime ministers from nine northern European countries are meeting in London today (20 January) as part of a British initiative to find ways to boost growth and innovation in green technologies such as offshore wind. 

  • Hague wants greater British influence in EU

    News | Brexit 02-07-2010

    Britain's new government will work to increase the country's influence in the European Union and strengthen ties with emerging economic giants Brazil, India and China, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday (1 July).

  • Tories deny return to centre-right EU party

    News | Brexit 01-06-2010

    Despite persistent rumours, the ruling British Conservative Party denied suggestions that they would eventually return to the mainstream centre-right EPP group in the European Parliament. EURACTIV spoke to a leading party representative yesterday (31 May).

  • The Consequences of Coalition

    Opinion | Brexit 25-05-2010

    In this exclusive commentary, Sir Stephen Wall, formerly the United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the European Union, explains why the new coalition government in the UK faces a changing relationship with the EU.

  • UK, Italy adopt austerity programmes

    News | Brexit 25-05-2010

    UK Finance Minister George Osborne yesterday detailed 6.2 billion pounds (7 billion euros) of spending cuts. Meanwhile, austerity measures due to be approved by Italy's cabinet today (25 May) are expected to reduce the budget deficit by 24 billion euros over two years.

  • Cameron heads to Paris, Berlin in first foreign trip

    News | Brexit 19-05-2010

    British Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Paris and Berlin on Thursday and Friday on his first visits abroad in his new role, officials said on 18 May.

  • How the UK’s new Tory-led government sees its EU policy

    Opinion | Brexit 17-05-2010

    Although the British Conservative Party is openly critical of some aspects of the European Union, it has nevertheless made Europe free, stable and prosperous and its member states must now focus on issues such as climate change, poverty and energy security, writes William Hague, the UK's new foreign secretary, in a commentary for Europe's World.

  • Brussels expects little change from new UK government

    News | Brexit 11-05-2010

    A British government led but not dominated by David Cameron’s Conservatives would probably mean business as usual for the UK's dealings in Brussels, concluded a panel of experts at an election de-briefing last Friday (7 May).

  • Ministers approve financial watchdogs, giving safeguards to UK

    News | Brexit 03-12-2009

    After tense negotiations, the EU has succeeded in breaking a deadlock between Britain and other member states on three new watchdogs to supervise Europe's financial sector.

  • Britain’s policy on Europe

    Opinion | Brexit 17-09-2007

    UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown's view of the EU is "utilitarian" and "similar to that of Margaret Thatcher" in that he supports it as far as it helps Britain, according to Sir Stephen Wall, the former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and former EU Adviser to the Prime Minister.

  • European choices for Gordon Brown

    Opinion | Brexit 09-07-2007

    UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown should work to dispel the 'demonic myths' that have 'poisoned' Britain’s relationship with the EU, a new Centre for European Reform (CER) booklet claims.