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  • ‘Patience with Poland has come to an end’

    Interview | Future EU 18-07-2007

    Despite some criticism, Socialist MEP Jo Leinen thinks the EU's draft ‘Reform Treaty’ represents a ‘huge improvement’ compared to the Nice Treaty currently in force. But he warns that if Poland tries to drive the rest of the EU crazy once more, it may receive a 'red card' from the Portuguese Presidency.

  • Treaty-change matters for business and Britain

    Opinion | Trade & Society 16-07-2007

    European businesses – and British businesses in particular – have a strong interest in the successful adoption of the Reform Treaty, write Hugo Brady and Charles Grant in a May 2007 paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).

  • UK’s PM Brown announces cabinet shake-up

    News | Brexit 29-06-2007

    Tony Blair's successor as UK prime minister, Gordon Brown, has unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle in an attempt to put his stamp on the government. While Brown himself is seen as a "minimalist European", his new pro-European foreign minister could serve as a political counterweight.

  • MEPs hail Merkel’s Reform Treaty success

    News | Future EU 28-06-2007

    The European Parliament gave a broadly positive verdict on the Reform Treaty deal struck by the German Presidency at the EU Summit on 21-23 June.

  • Referenda loom large over ‘repackaged Constitution’

    News | EU Priorities 2020 26-06-2007

    The deal clinched at the EU Summit on a 'Reform Treaty' to replace the stalled Constitution could still face a backlash during the ratification procedure as a number of member states, including Ireland and Denmark, prepare for referenda. In Britain, incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under pressure from the opposition to hold a national vote.

  • A way out of the EU’s Constitutional dilemma

    Opinion | Future EU 22-06-2007

    Those member states who supported the original Constitutional Treaty (CT) should demand a radical revision of the current treaty amendment procedure in return for their readiness to compromise in the forthcoming intergovernmental conference (IGC), writes Janis A. Emmanouilidis of the Centre for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in a June 2007 paper.

  • CEPS proposal on weighting votes in the Council

    Opinion | Future EU 21-06-2007

    A double-majority system with a safety clause could overcome Poland's request for a square root voting system in the Council, claim Daniel Gros, Sebastian Kurpas and Mika Widgren in a June 2007 paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Voting rules matter: Poland’s cause

    Opinion | Future EU 21-06-2007

    There is a clear, positive relationship between a member state's power per person in the Council of Ministers and its receipts per person from the EU budget, declares Richard Baldwin of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in an 18 June post on the VOX web log.

  • The Constitutional Summit: Who wants what and why?

    Opinion | Future EU 20-06-2007

    The impasse over the Constitutional Treaty shows that old cleavages and conflicts in Europe are resurfacing, with new coalitions of interest becoming apparent, write Dominik Hierlemann (Bertelsmann Stiftung) and Sarah Seeger (Centre for Applied Policy Research) in a June 2007 paper for the Spotlight Europe series.

  • Barroso warns Poland and UK on risks of blocking EU Treaty

    News | Brexit 20-06-2007

    Speaking ahead of what promises to be a difficult summit, Commission President José Manuel Barroso warned Poland that other EU members could turn their backs on the country in future budget talks if it persists in blocking a deal on a new EU Treaty.

  • Risks and opportunities of an EU institutional relaunch

    Opinion | Future EU 19-06-2007

    According to Jean-Louis Quermonne, professor at the Instituts d'Etudes Politiques in Grenoble and Paris, the risks of failure of an institutional relaunch - or a watered-down agreement - are numerous.

  • The EU needs a new Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 19-06-2007

    The EU is in urgent need of a new Treaty, argue Richard Baldwin and Mika Widgren in a June paper for the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. The new Treaty simply must reform the current EU decision-making system, whatever other 'filler' items it may contain, the paper insists.

  • How the EU could overcome the current Constitutional crisis

    Opinion | Future EU 18-06-2007

    The present impasse over the Constitutional Treaty is different from its predecessors, because it represents a decline in public support for the EU with a large decrease in motivation on the part of European leaders, argue Olivier Costa and Paul Magnette in a May 2007 Garnet policy brief.

  • Sarkozy and Kaczynski ‘confident’ about EU Treaty deal

    News | Future EU 15-06-2007

    The French and Polish presidents have met in Paris to discuss institutional reform. But with the growing threat of a Polish veto on any change to the Council voting system, the upcoming summit is unlikely to bring the EU out of its institutional impasse.

  • Institutional deadlock and the June Summit

    Opinion | Future EU 15-06-2007

    It should be possible to reach an agreement over the stalled Constitutional Treaty at the June Summit if two sets of conditions are satisfied, write Sebastian Kurpas and Stefano Micossi in a May 2007 paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Brown, Blair and the Constitutional Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 08-06-2007

    Prime Minister Tony Blair believes that no referendum on the Constitutional Treaty would need to be held in the UK if, instead of attempting revive the original wide-ranging Treaty, the members states now simply agreed on a series of amendments, writes Brendan Donnelly of the Federal Union.

  • Sarkozy eases stance on Turkey

    News | Central Europe 30-05-2007

    Despite his opposition to Turkey's EU entry, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has signalled that he would not block current membership negotiations ahead of the June Summit, saying the "real rendezvous" will be in December.

  • Europe’s future – a road map to a new Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 30-05-2007

    A solution to the EU's Constitutional crisis is within reach if leaders concentrate on a short treaty designed to make the Union work better, claims a Friends of Europe discussion paper, published in May 2007. A divided Europe is the risk of failure on the constitutional issue, the report declares.

  • Debating the Constitution: between realism and revival

    Opinion | Future EU 25-05-2007

    As the German Presidency searches for a way out of the impasse over the Constitutional Treaty ahead of the June summit, European Policy Centre (EPC) analysts Sara Hageman and Antonio Missiroli examine the alternatives that have been suggested for moving forward. 

  • Portuguese foreign minister outlines presidency priorities

    News | Future EU 16-05-2007

    The Portuguese presidency will mainly focus on the political agenda and attempting to resolve the institutional impasse, as well as the external agenda, promoting competitiveness, security and improving relations with third countries.

  • Steinmeier: June Summit will be ‘solidarity test’

    News | Future EU 11-05-2007

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pleaded for more solidarity within the EU ahead of the European Summit, as the Czech government teams up with the Poles to open up the voting-rights issue in the new treaty.

  • Barroso backs down on informal EU Treaty ‘Summit’

    News | Future EU 26-04-2007

    Commission President José Manuel Barroso changed his plans to hold informal talks with a hand-picked group of key EU leaders on the stalled EU Constitution, after controversy broke out over the number of invitees.

  • UK and Netherlands back slimmed-down EU Treaty

    News | Future EU 17-04-2007

    The British and Dutch prime ministers have spoken out in favour of an 'amended' treaty rather than a 'whole new Constitution' in an attempt to bypass further referenda.

  • Barroso presses for new EU Treaty by 2009

    News | Future EU 16-04-2007

    Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called on EU leaders to follow an ambitious road map to put a new treaty in place by 2009 and has warned against reopening issues already agreed in the Constitutional Treaty.