A new report published by the UK's House of Commons urges EU leaders to "face up to the reality" that the Constitutional Treaty is "on life support" and recommends "explicitly to abandon the Treaty as a package".
EU leaders will meet in Brussels to confront some of the main challenges the EU is facing. While it is expected that the "reflection period" on the future of Europe will be extended, the most notable outcome will probably be the opening of Council sessions to the public.
In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Daniel Spoel, one of the authors of a new book on the EU's future, explains that the European Union has become part of the problem and needs to engage more with civil society.
The future of Europe after the no votes on the Constitution, the plan D activities of member states and the Commission's communication strategy passed a critical review at a conference organised by ECAS.
Detailed accession talks with Croatia will begin on 12 June. However, due to the stalemate over the Constitution, Croatia will not be able to join the EU before the end of this decade, says EU Commissioner Rehn.
During a CEPS debate the leaders of the three biggest political European parties were unanimous in their belief that the Constitution is worth saving, but none of them had any miracle solution on offer.
Since the rejection of the EU Constitution in France and the Netherlands, the questions that are being frequently asked are: “What went wrong?” and “How can we set things straight?” Diagnoses and possible remedies were debated during a recent Franco-German event on the future of Europe.
During two-day talks on the future of the EU, EU foreign ministers agreed on the need to find a solution to the current constitution deadlock by 2009 at the latest. But how this is to be achieved remains unclear.
Commissioner Rehn has defined the EU's absorption capacity as being "about whether the EU can take in new members while continuing to function effectively”. He also warned against the "temptations of populism".
“A missed chance to rethink Europe” wrote Welt am Sonntag in its lead article referring to Angela Merkel’s speech about Germany’s position on the main challenges of the EU. Most papers share the disappointment
After a vote in the parliament, Finland is well on its way to ratify the Constitution, but there will be no referendum. Commission president Barroso calls on national governments to renew their commitment to Europe.
In a two-day brainstorming conclave, the Commission prepared its contribution to the June Council's debate on how to proceed with the constitution after the no votes in two founding member states. The Commission proposes a "positive, policy-driven agenda".