European Council President Donald Tusk dramatically upped the Brexit stakes on Wednesday (20 March), warning that the EU will only grant Theresa May’s Brexit extension request if UK lawmakers back the Withdrawal Agreement next week.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday (27 April) accused the other 27 EU countries of lining up to oppose Britain over Brexit after Germany's Angela Merkel said the UK should have no "illusions" over the exit process.
At today’s summit of heads of EU state and government, attempts to use the Prism scandal to reinforce the data protection debate are unlikely to be successful, according to Hosuk Lee-Makiyama. The political expert believes the data protection package will take a back seat to the telecoms single market proposal.
EU leaders should emphasise that the best way to achieve competitiveness is innovation, education and excellence in energy efficiency. The European carbon trading system should be restored, the lower efficiency of innovation systems and universities in Europe relative to the US should be tackled, and Europe should lead in energy efficiency and alternative energies, writes Karl Aiginger.
EU leaders displayed quiet resolve to agree a budget deal, with no talk of a veto, but now they must convince the European Parliament to approve the seven-year plan despite real cuts, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskait? told EURACTIV at the margins of the summit.
On the eve of an EU summit that could see further political isolation for the United Kingdom, officials made clear that Prime Minister David Cameron would not hesitate to use his veto to freeze the EU's 2014-2020 budget and to preserve the UK rebate.
The informal “summit for growth” to take place today will discuss several controversial options for injecting confidence into financial markets, including a call for Eurobonds that is likely to divide member states.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy outlined the results of the eurozone summit in a rare hour-long interview on French television last night (27 October). The President skillfully slalomed through difficult debates, such as China's emerging role and new austerity measures in the face of weaker than expected French growth. EURACTIV France reports.
The UK prime minister has led a nine-country coalition of member states seeking assurances that single market and enterprise reform will not be sidelined by eurozone issues at a Brussels summit later this week.
Protests in Egypt, another Franco-German power play, bold energy plans, and then, finally, innovation. As political leaders gave their parting remarks after their summit on 4 February, barely a word was said about innovation.