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Climate change 09-12-2020

Poland, Hungary threaten to derail EU plans to raise 2030 climate ambition

Poland and Hungary could block efforts to strengthen the EU’s 2030 climate goal over a separate dispute on democratic standards. EURACTIV’s media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.
Politics 18-06-2020

Merkel presents plans for EU Council Presidency in the Bundestag

In her Bundestag speech on Thursday (18 June), Merkel presented her plans for the Presidency of the EU Council. Once again, Berlin is facing a crisis and must find a balance between decisiveness and tact. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 16-10-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Johnson Brexit deal must go to people to pass parliament, say lawmakers

Any Brexit deal struck by Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need to be put to the British people in a referendum if it is to pass the UK parliament, a cross-party group of UK lawmakers told EURACTIV on Wednesday (16 October).
Future EU 27-06-2018

The Brief – The hopeless deepening of the euro

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte recently compared the EU to a giraffe. But for the author of this Brief, our Union rather looks like an old lady (or man if you wish) with heart problems, who ignores her doctor’s recommendations and instead focuses on her fictional back pain.

Four major EU countries in favour of joint asylum policy for refugees -poll

In a wide-ranging opinion poll on migration led by Avaaz, the citizens of four major EU countries overwhelmingly said they were in favour of solidarity and a joint European asylum policy for refugees.
Europe's East 22-03-2018

Britain to seek EU condemnation of Russia over spy attack

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will seek a united condemnation of Russia by EU leaders on Thursday over what London says was a nerve agent attack in England directed by Moscow.

Seventeen EU leaders ask Tusk for digital talks on ‘highest level’

On the eve of an EU summit, leaders from 17 EU countries have asked European Council President Donald Tusk for highest-level talks on EU digital policy, saying it was the single market’s main engine and should receive stronger political support.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2017

Tusk says he is ‘ready’ for showdown over his job at EU summit

European Council President Donald Tusk said he is “ready” for the judgement awaiting him when EU heads of state and government decide tomorrow (9 March) whether he will serve another term starting in May despite the Polish government's backing of a replacement candidate.
Global Europe 18-03-2016

EU agrees ‘joint position’ to put to Turkey on Friday

EU leaders agreed in the early hours of Friday morning on a “common position” to put to Turkey on a controversial asylum seeker for returned migrant swap deal, but with enough disagreement among the 28 leaders to prevent publication of an agreed text.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

Leaked Skopje letter exposes ‘closed borders’ coalition

EXCLUSIVE / A list of requests to protect external borders recently sent to several member states by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has exposed the weaknesses of the group of countries blocking an EU-wide solution of the refugee crisis.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

Don’t expect big decisions from EU-Turkey summit, say diplomats

EXCLUSIVE / No official decision is expected to be made during an EU-Turkey summit on Monday (7 March) dedicated to the refugee crisis, due to the upcoming German state elections, diplomats told EURACTIV Greece.
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EU Priorities 2020 18-12-2015

EPP Summit 17 December 2015

The European People’s Party (EPP) heads of state and government and opposition leaders met in Brussels on 17 December to prepare the agenda of the European Council Summit.
Development Policy 29-04-2015

Development aid failures exacerbate migrant crisis

Chronic underdevelopment in many African countries is intensifying the crisis unfurling on Europe's doorstep. But EU development aid continues to decline. EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 19-03-2015

Tusk arranges Greek crisis meeting at summit

European Council President Donald Tusk has agreed to convene a meeting on the Greek crisis at a European summit of heads of state and government this evening (19 March), despite not being on the agenda.
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2015

EU Summit: Merkel ready to compromise on Greek debt

The Greek question would certainly be raised at the Council summit, “if only in a minor way,” the German Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists ahead of Thursday’s informal Council meeting in Brussels.
Special EU summit meeting, July 2014 [European Council/Flick]
EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2014

Wrap-up: EU summit on climate and energy, Ebola

After a marathon two-day summit on 23-24 October, EU leaders agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27%. They also committed to do more to boost growth and jobs and asked the Commission to draft a proposal by December. Meanwhile, a furious David Cameron vowed the United Kingdom would not pay the €2.1 billion bill it was handed by EU on Thursday.
Euro & Finance 20-12-2013

Leaders hail banking union, anticipate fight with Parliament

EU leaders meeting in Brussels late last night hailed the agreement on a pan-European banking union, the final details of which were ironed out by finance ministers meeting yesterday, but anticipated arduous negotiations with the European Parliament. They however failed to agree so-called "contractual arrangements" designed to push member states to reform their economies.
Technology 30-09-2013

European leaders should leave data flows open

EU leaders convening in Brussels later this month for the 24th-25th October summit will have digital issues on the agenda. They should be careful not to make popular gestures in response to the Prism scandal that result in a freeze in data flows, writes expert Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.
Brexit 28-06-2013

Cameron claims he defeated EU ‘ambush’ over British rebate

The British Prime Minister vented frustration with Brussels and the institutions in his post-summit press briefing describing how he “defeated” an eleventh-hour attempt to unpick the British rebate.
Technology 24-05-2013

Europe takes aim at digital giants’ tax swerves

Multinational technology companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon were a key focus of EU leaders' attempt to clamp down on aggressive tax avoidance at their summit on Wednesday (22 May).
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EU Priorities 2020 11-02-2013

EU leaders urge European Parliament to approve slashed EU budget

EU leaders have urged the European Parliament to 'be responsible' and approve the new long-term EU budget proposal. The plead came after European leaders struck a deal on Friday on the 7-year budget following more than 24 hours of talks. Mirroring the austerity measures that national governments are currently undertaking, the budget has been capped at €960 billion. (The original November proposal was  €972 billion.) It is the first time in the Union's history that an EU budget is smaller than the previous period.