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Enlargement 18-04-2018

A year of opportunity for the Balkans

The fact that the Western Balkans is being increasingly prioritised on the European agenda is no longer sufficient To achieve real progress in EU integration, the Western Balkan countries need a clearly defined plan that includes a concrete timeframe for all six countries, writes Ilhan Kyuchyuk.
Enlargement 12-04-2018

Time for a Juncker re-set: The importance of a membership perspective for the Western Balkans

To ensure the security and stability of the Western Balkans, the perspective of membership may no longer be enough. The EU should push back against Russian propaganda and engage in smarter outreach. It needs a new, more confident approach, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Brexit 23-03-2018

The unbearable lightness of Brexit delusions

This week’s developments might cheer those who want to see the UK leave the EU. But they are a rude awakening for those who argued leaving the EU had no costs and a sad reminder that leaving the EU will be an act of self-harm, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Enlargement 26-02-2018

Time for Juncker to help Bosnia-Herzegovina with a bridge from Dayton to accession

Two years after it applied for EU candidate status, Bosnia and Herzegovina will hand over the answers to the Commission’s questionnaire this week. Now it falls upon Juncker to hold BiH to its membership aspirations and the reform commitments expressed, writes Ivan Pepic.

Global Europe 14-02-2018

Upgraded customs union should serve as bedrock of EU-Turkey ties

Treating Turkey like a naughty child has proved to be a failed strategy for Brussels. It’s time to look anew at the elements of the relationship that could work, both now and in the long term, write Mehmet Öğütçü and Stephen Jones.
Enlargement 02-01-2017

Romanian PM hails decade of EU membership as time in office ends

Former European Commissioner and outgoing Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş has hailed his country’s decade of EU membership as a period of growth, development and consolidation of democracy. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Future EU 19-09-2016

Austria left disappointed by Bratislava

The 27 member states that attended the Bratislava summit all had different priorities. Austria seems to have left Slovakia without any real movement on any of theirs, as little has changed regarding Turkey’s membership bid and CETA. EURACTIV Germany reports....
Federica Mogherini
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Mogherini on Turkey: ‘No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty’

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.
Enlargement 01-07-2016

Turkey’s parliament passes law to restructure judiciary, bolstering Erdogan

Turkey's parliament approved sweeping plans late on Thursday (30 June) to restructure the high courts, in a victory for President Tayyip Erdogan that critics say will allow him to remove troublesome judges and tighten his grip over the judiciary.
Elections 11-04-2016

Maas: There will be no ‘relaxation of values’ for Turkey

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas spoke with EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel about dealing with the Turkish government, satire and freedom of expression, as well as the position of the Social Democrats as the party falls in the polls.
Enlargement 12-01-2016

Portugal marks three decades of EU membership

Portugal is celebrating 30 years of membership of the European Union, with its government hailing it as the most prosperous period in its history.
Brexit 15-05-2015

Helpful tips for the Tories

The UK already enjoys a special position within the EU. Andrew Duff explains why the Tories’ renegotiation demands may simply be impossible.
Trade & Society 08-05-2015

Thomas Tindemans: ‘The EU is facing existential questions again’

During the 2015 European Business Summit in Brussels, Hill+Knowlton Chief Executive Officer Thomas Tindemans spoke to EURACTIV about the current state of business in Europe.
Brexit 07-05-2015

Norway’s Minister for EU Affairs: Britain will lose influence on TTIP, foreign policies with Brexit

Britain is at risk of losing influence on trade and global issues if it leaves the EU, a topic which has been high on the agenda ahead of the general elections which take place today (7 May).
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Brexit 20-03-2015

I will stay up until 4:00 AM to veto EU treaties, vows Cameron

In what could be his final post-summit press conference, British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted that some EU leaders would “breathe a sigh of relief” if he loses May’s national elections.
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Brexit 26-01-2015

Gibraltar wants to stay in EU even if UK pulls out

The Deputy Chief Minister of Gibraltar told EURACTIV that the small territory has established an independent mission in Brussels to represent its interests at a fraught moment in its history. The relationship with Spain -- which contests the sovereignty of the rock -- has worsened, with traffic queues now commonplace as a result of what Mr Garcia described as unjustified customs checks. But the UK's fractious relationship is also raising fears for Gibraltar's future were the UK to pull out of the EU. Were that to happen, he explained, the rock would seek to remain within the UK, and the EU. 
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Economy & Jobs 10-10-2014

Catalan official: “We cannot treat Catalonia like a third country”

“There is no provision in the EU treaties to describe a process like the one is happening in Catalonia”, says secretary for Foreign and EU Affairs of the Government of Catalonia Roger Albinyana.
Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs
Elections 24-07-2014

Scotland’s future as a strong and vibrant EU member state

Scottish citizens head to the polls on 18 September to vote on independence in a referendum. An independent Scotland will play a constructive role in addressing some of the central challenges facing the EU, writes Fiona Hyslop.
Brexit 17-07-2014

You are not an island, David Cameron

Every national leader is right to defend his constituents, but the Prime Minister must begin to demonstrate a long-term vision for the UK's role in Europe that resists myopic domestic pressures, writes Ian Hansen.
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Brexit 27-06-2014

Cameron on Juncker’s nomination: Today was a bad day for Europe

Speaking in a press conference after EU leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that 'it was a bad day for Europe'. 'This has reconfirmed my opinion that Europe needs to change', Cameron added.
John Springford and Richard Lambert [Project Syndicate]
Brexit 26-06-2014

Splendid Isolation?

What is EU membership actually worth to the United Kingdom? A new report shows that the UK would have a lot more to lose than it would to gain from embarking on a different course, Richard Lambert and John Springford explain.
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Enlargement 23-06-2014

EU urges Turkey to restore judiciary independence

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle has called on Turkey to restore the independence of its judiciary, if Ankara wants to make progress towards EU accession.
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EU Priorities 2020 10-06-2014

Merkel: I want Juncker to be the next Commission president

In a press conference in Sweden on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker should take the EU's top job.
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Brexit 05-06-2014

Cameron: I don’t want to see Britain drifting towards an EU exit

Speaking to journalists after the G7 Summit in Brussels on Thursday, UK's Prime Minister Davod Cameron said that the rise of anti-European parties in the last EU elections show the need for the EU to reform and change.

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