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Future EU 24-11-2021

Let’s make the Conference too big to ignore

Europeans must mobilise in demanding a better EU as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). However, a more united and democratic Union is not in everyone’s interest, and some political actors are consistently striving to make the consultation process meaningless.
Future EU 03-11-2021

How to prevent Europe from stalling

National elections just passed in Germany and upcoming in France deprive Europe of political leadership. But there is an electoral solution that could solve this problem, writes Matteo Garavoglia.

Future EU 29-10-2021

Future of Europe Conference insufficiently fills EU political vacuum

The great expectations some have for the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe, and the little that is known about it, weigh heavily on it, writes Christian Moos.
Future EU 25-03-2019

Europe is not a project!

The perspective that the Union is a project is holding us back. The Union simply needs to be pragmatic, writes Žiga Turk.
Future EU 30-10-2018

Merkel’s move poses risk of paralysis for the EU, analysts say

As Europe's most powerful leader, Angela Merkel's decision to quit as German chancellor in 2021 spells uncertainty and possibly paralysis for the EU as populists rally, diplomats and analysts warn.
Brexit 30-03-2018

With one year to go, UK and EU have much to prove to the young generation

Policymakers on both sides of Brexit negotiations owe a duty of care to the young Britons who overwhelmingly voted “Remain” by delivering a fair deal and putting the future above political intentions, writes Andrianos Giannou.
Future EU 15-02-2018

Juncker jabs at Macron as EU jobs race heats up

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker chided French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday (14 February) for failing to form clear Europe-wide party political alliances, as manoeuvring warms up over next year's EU parliament elections.
Future EU 11-01-2018

France urges Germany to spend more and boost EU

France's finance minister on Wednesday (10 January) urged Germany to loosen the purse strings to help boost European growth, reminding Berlin of its wider responsibilities as Chancellor Angela Merkel struggles to forge a new coalition at home.
Elections 18-10-2017

Parliament poll: Public confidence in the EU is growing

A clear majority of EU citizens now believe that EU membership is good for their country, according to a survey of how they view the EU and its institutions, released on Wednesday (18 October).
Future EU 25-03-2017

On EU’s 60th anniversary, leaders give Union a 10-year horizon

On the day proclaimed as the EU’s 60th anniversary, with the Union looking weaker than ever, EU leaders adopted the Rome Declaration and gave a ten-year horizon for the project of the founding fathers to be reset.
Global Europe 07-03-2017

Tusk row threatens to overshadow EU summit

A row over Poland's bid to replace EU President Donald Tusk threatens to overshadow a summit this week that was meant to focus on post-Brexit unity.
Elections 13-02-2017

EU citizens invited to join March for Europe in Rome

As the anniversary of the signing of the EU's founding treaties approaches, a group of over 300 European academics and personalities have endorsed an appeal to relaunch European integration, inviting members of civil society, scholars, youth and citizens to participate in a March for Europe in Rome on 25 March.
Future EU 07-09-2016

Visegrad group to table proposals at Bratislava summit

Four eastern European countries will stake out a joint position at next week's  Bratislava summit on the EU's post-Brexit future, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said yesterday (6 September).
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Euro & Finance 09-10-2014

‘Dialogue of the deaf’ threatens Europe

Arnaud Montebourg criticised the fragility of the French-German relationship at a forum on the future of Europe, describing it as a grave cause for concern, along with the rise of nationalist politics. EURACTIV France reports.

Next Commission’s main concern will be inequality, analysts predict

Social inequalities will be the main challenge for future European leaders, according to an EU-commissioned report released on Wednesday (18 December). Europe’s economy is expected to continue its decline, and policymakers should focus on a ‘new growth paradigm’ centred on society - not growth - the report argues. 
Future EU 28-03-2013

Verheugen: Europe cannot do it without Turkey

The European Union needs Turkey if it is to succeed as a global player, former Commission vice-president Günter Verheugen tells EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 07-01-2010

On the Primacy of Process: Brussels and Copenhagen

"It is process rather than personalities which holds the key to understanding the European Union as it totters into a new world after the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon," writes Tom Spencer, executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), in a Christmas briefing paper, predicting that "it will be some months yet before we can say with any certainty how the Union will function in its new Treaty garb".
EU Priorities 2020 07-01-2010

EU president picks Catholic forum to outline vision

Herman Van Rompuy, Europe's newly-appointed president, spelt out his political vision before hundreds of people at a Brussels gathering of the 'Grandes Conferences Catholiques' shortly before Christmas.
EU Priorities 2020 03-11-2009

An EU ‘fit for purpose’ in the global age: Can we rise to the challenge?

Although the imminent completion of the Lisbon Treaty ratification process should allow the EU to emerge from its "period of introspection", "we should be under no illusions" as the "long and painful" ratification experience revealed problems with the legitimacy of EU integration and the direction the Union is taking, write Loukas Tsoukalis, Olaf Cramme and Roger Liddle in an October paper for the Policy Network.
Trade & Society 27-05-2009

Where next for the Lisbon Agenda?

"Creating the next framework for structural reform in Europe right now is a priority – and a challenge EU leaders must take up," write Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive, and Fabian Zuleeg, a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre in a May paper.
EU Priorities 2020 06-11-2008

Interview: European Parliament needs ‘ideological coalition’

An "ideological coalition" holding a majority in the European Parliament should be formed after the EU elections in June 2009 to push forward a substantial package on the economy, Graham Watson, leader of the liberal group in the Strasbourg Assembly, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 27-08-2008

Interview: ‘Political reality hampering Sarkozy’s EU ambitions’

France's EU Presidency objectives, primary among which is the much-vaunted 'Union for the Mediterranean' project, are so ambitious that the government may not have the means to implement them, Olivier Ferrand, the president of Terra Nova, a new progressive think tank, told EURACTIV France in an interview. 
EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2008

Europe’s trance of unreality

The institutional crisis after the negative vote in the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty has made Europe "boring and unattractive", says the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Ivan Krastev, in a 25 June commentary for Open Democracy.
EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2008

Professor: Citizens want ‘concrete, pragmatic EU’

Demand is growing among Europeans for a "pragmatic" EU which focuses on "concrete" issues, Dominique Reynié, a professor at Paris's prestigious Sciences-Po university, told EURACTIV France.