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Brexit 06-02-2017

Brussels refutes claims that it will make UK sport teams wear EU flag

The EU this weekend scolded the British tabloid press for claiming it is demanding that its flag be flown at sporting events and displayed on team shirts.
Public Affairs 06-01-2009

Interview: EU political dimension ‘painfully lacking’

Europe lacks a "grand design" and must move on from utilitarian concerns by becoming an "ideological project" if it is to have a significant impact at global level, argues prominent author and historian Elie Barnavi in an interview with EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 10-10-2008

Parliament resurrects controversial ‘EU symbols’

The so-called 'symbols of the Union', namely the EU flag, anthem and motto, were formally recognised by the European Parliament yesterday (8 October).
Development Policy 19-06-2008

Juncker blames EU leaders for ‘speaking badly’ of Europe

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker has accused EU leaders of tarnishing the EU image in their countries, blaming them for the negative results in EU referenda.
Brexit 09-06-2008

UK millionaire tries to defeat Lisbon Treaty in court

A British businessman is taking the UK government to court today over its refusal to hold a referendum on the EU Treaty. The move adds to the feeling of uncertainty about the EU's future, with the 'yes' and 'no' camps neck-and-neck ahead of the Irish referendum on 12 June.
EU Priorities 2020 06-06-2008

Europe holds breath ahead of Friday 13th

As latest polls reveal the anti-Lisbon Treaty camp in Ireland have taken the lead, the superstitious date of Friday 13 June 2008, when the results of the referendum will be officially announced, could see Europe thrown into an existential crisis.
EU Priorities 2020 23-07-2007

EU opens up Treaty revision with launch of IGC

The EU is set to launch an Intergovernmental Conference in Brussels today (23 July) to revise its institutions and power-sharing system amid growing calls in the UK to submit the draft 'Reform Treaty' to a referendum.
Future EU 18-07-2007

Giscard: Treaty changes made to avoid referenda

Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the 'father' of the EU Constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005, said the draft ‘Reform Treaty’ agreed at the June Summit only represented ‘cosmetic changes’ compared to the preivous version - in remarks that will comfort critics who argue that the new Treaty brings the Constitution in 'by the back door'.
Future EU 09-07-2007

Parliament to give green light for IGC

The European Parliament is expected to give the go-ahead for the 'Reform Treaty' mandate, despite criticism concerning the large number of exemptions and footnotes in the draft text agreed by EU leaders at the June Summit.
EU Priorities 2020 26-06-2007

Referenda loom large over ‘repackaged Constitution’

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.
Future EU 25-06-2007

EU Treaty deal meets praise and criticism

The deal clinched at the EU Summit on institutional reform was praised by most EU leaders, but also met with criticism from pro-Europeans, as well as Eurosceptics.
Future EU 22-06-2007

‘Tough negotiations’ dragging on at EU Treaty Summit

Following a number of bilateral talks and round table meetings, diplomats were hopeful to reach an agreement among EU leaders on a 'Reform Treaty' on 22 June. However, key elements remained uncertain as the Summit promises to bring another late night of discussion.
Future EU 22-06-2007

EU Treaty in the balance at Brussels Summit

EU leaders were scrambling to reach agreement over a draft mandate for institutional reform at a summit on 22 June. A Polish veto threat over voting rights in the Council and British 'red lines' on labour law, justice and other issues remained the main obstacles on the way to a deal.
EU Priorities 2020 21-06-2007

Public support for EU project hits a high

Some 66% of Europeans - and 69% of Poles - want a Constitution to be adopted, according to a Eurobarometer survey, published hours before a decisive Brussels summit. However, British citizens remain highly critical of the EU.
Brexit 20-06-2007

Barroso warns Poland and UK on risks of blocking EU Treaty

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.
Future EU 19-06-2007

UK hardens stance on Treaty negotiations

Britain has outlined its 'red lines' for negotiations on a new Treaty ahead of the European Summit and is showing a tougher stance on plans for an EU Foreign Minister backed by Germany, France and Spain.
Future EU 18-06-2007

Poland continues opposition ahead of Treaty Summit

EU foreign ministers did not reach a 'breakthrough' at their meeting on 17 June, with Poland threatening to block new Treaty negotiations over Council voting rules, ahead of the EU Summit, which is to put the Union on the road to institutional reforms.
Future EU 15-06-2007

Sarkozy and Kaczynski ‘confident’ about EU Treaty deal

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.
Future EU 12-06-2007

Poland threatens to block EU Treaty negotiations

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski dismissed EU leaders' hopes of finding a swift solution to the institutional impasse, saying that new treaty negotiations could take up to a year. European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering warned that a Polish veto would 'put Europe into a crisis'.
Future EU 07-06-2007

Parliament pushes for ‘Treaty plus’

MEPs have threatened to vote down a new EU Treaty that would fail to preserve the key elements of the draft EU Constitution, as Parliament struggles to make its voice heard ahead of the June Summit on institutional reform.
Future EU 06-06-2007

Poland urged to ease Treaty stance

European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi have called on the 'naysayers' to drop their resistance to institutional reforms ahead of a decisive EU Summit on 21-22 June.
Future EU 05-06-2007

‘Amato group’ puts forward new Treaty proposal

Ahead of the June Summit, which is set to put the Union on the road for a new Treaty, a group of high-level politicians and EU officials has put forward its own optimised, streamlined version.
Future EU 29-05-2007

Prodi and Sarkozy see ‘common goals’ on EU reform

With a view to the June Summit, Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy demonstrated unity on reforming the European institutions, despite their differing views on a new Treaty.
Future EU 24-05-2007

EU leaders line up for Treaty talks

In recent visits to Brussels and Strasbourg, the leaders of France (Sarkozy), Italy (Prodi) and the Netherlands (Balkenende) aired their views on institutional reform ahead of the June Summit. Proposals range from Sarkozy's 'simplified Treaty' to a more ambitious 'Treaty-plus'.