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Future EU 27-11-2020

Boosting EU’s democratic legitimacy: Parliament seeks electoral reforms

In a new European Parliament resolution, adopted this week, EU lawmakers called for reforms, including lowering the voting age, transnational lists, and gender balance rules, ahead of the next European elections in 2024.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2019

OECD calls on members to speed up reforms, focus on innovation

In its annual growth report, the OECD painted a gloomy picture: rising inequalities, slowing growth and strong headwinds for the global market economy, notably because of trade wars. EURACTIV Germany summarised the OECD's recommendations for Europe.
Future EU 02-05-2019

France is no longer taking Germany seriously

Official German politics has shown a professionally arrogant disregard for Emmanuel Macron's reform ideas. Now the French president is retaliating. EURACTIV’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
EU Elections 2019 30-01-2019

ECR’s Zahradil: Orban is happy where he is in the EPP

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) will not only survive the loss of their UK MEPs this year but hope to be even stronger after the European elections in May, Jan Zahradil, the ECR's Spitzenkandidat, said during a debate organised by the Union of European Federalists (UEF) in Brussels last week.
Future EU 25-11-2018

Macron to face domestic questions at EU’s Brexit summit

French President Emmanuel Macron will undoubtedly need to answer a number of domestic questions at the EU summit in Brussels on Sunday (25 November), expected to endorse the Brexit deal.
Future EU 20-11-2018

Offering Macron a stage is not enough

French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech in the German Bundestag – but this will not bring him any closer to his idea of Europe. A commentary piece by Albrecht Meier, correspondent in the Berlin office of EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel.
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.

EU security must no longer depend on US, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (27 August) called for Europe to stop relying on the United States for its military defence as he pushed for fresh EU integration in the face of rising nationalism around the continent.
Future EU 27-08-2018

Macron to renew plea for closer Europe

With nine months to go before European Parliament elections, French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (27 August) renew his plea for a more integrated EU, against a global wave of nationalism.
Enlargement 19-07-2018

France to help Serbia’s accession to EU, reforms needed beforehand

Paris wants to help Serbia solve its most delicate issues en route to the EU, French President Emmanuel Macron has told his Serbian counterpart. But Macron also said that both Serbia and the EU have to be reformed before any further EU enlargement. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Elections 10-04-2018

En Marche aiming to take out the EPP

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE group and Belgium's former prime minister, took part in the launch of the Grand March for Europe in Brussels, whose aim is to listen to citizens but also to challenge traditional European political groups. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Brexit 01-03-2018

Blair: Reformed EU would help prevent Brexit

Tony Blair today implored European leaders to reform the EU in a bid to persuade British people to change their mind on Brexit.
Future EU 19-01-2018

Austria and Germany: An old quarrel that never dies

During the refugee crisis, Austria's then foreign minister and now Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has emerged as a fierce Merkel critic. During his inaugural visit to Berlin this week, it became clear that their differences aren't going anywhere, writes EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel.
Future EU 10-01-2018

Why Macron closely watches the German coalition talks

French President Emmanuel Macron's EU reform ideas are a central issue between CDU, CSU and SPD while discussing European affairs in the German coalition talks. For Macron, the outcome might be of crucial importance for realising his plans. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel” reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2017

Amid EU treaty change fever, national ministers urge caution

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised an aggressive push to reform the European Union after the German election. But there is still great unease about opening this Pandora’s box.
Future EU 06-09-2017

Macron to deliver vision for EU democracy in Athens

President Emmanuel Macron will this week unveil his vision for European reform in Athens. On the menu is the eurozone, transnational lists for 50 MEPs and democratic conventions, whose results are expected ahead of the next EU elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 24-08-2017

Macron calls for a ‘radical reform’ of Europe

The French and Austrian heads of state shared their views on EU workers from low-pay countries and on the future of the EU during a summit in Vienna. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 09-05-2017

Macron’s four European priorities

Europe was the subject that most influenced Emmanuel Macron’s voters in France’s presidential election. Naturally, this places the EU at the top of the new president’s list of priorities. EURACTIV France reports.
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 12-01-2017

Védrine calls for ‘EU Plan B’ post-Brexit

Which direction should the European Union take after Brexit? Experts are split over how best to steer the EU through stormy waters. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 16-11-2016

Emmanuel Macron officially enters the French presidential race

Emmanuel Macron has confirmed that he will stand for the French presidency next April. The former economy minister’s campaign will be based on Europe, which he sees as France's only hope in the age of globalisation. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 27-10-2016

Benoît Hamon pledges to ‘democratise and repoliticise’ Europe

The EU took centre stage in the French Socialist Party’s presidential debate on Tuesday (25 October), as candidate Benoît Hamon denounced the "toxic arrangement between the right and the social-democrats" in Strasbourg. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2016

Macron promises to lead the ‘fight’ for Europe

Emmanuel Macron, the "non-candidate" for the French presidential election, presented his vision for the European Union at the Brussels Days event in the EU capital on Wednesday (19 October). EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 14-09-2016

Alain Juppé promises a pro-EU presidential campaign

The candidate for France's right-wing presidential primary has pledged to defend the European Union in his campaign. This sets him apart from his competitors Nicolas Sarkozy, Bruno Le Maire and François Fillon. EURACTIV France reports.