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Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

Reforms, investment and the EU Recovery Plan

The EU member states are finally discussing an ambitious European Recovery Plan and the good news is that they already have the right tool at hand, writes Dragoș Pîslaru.
Economy & Jobs 22-04-2020

Charles Michel limits ambitions for virus teleconference summit

Differences among EU countries look set to stymie any major decisions on tackling the long-term economic impact of the crisis at a summit later this week. In a letter Tuesday inviting the 27 leaders to the videoconference, EU Council President...
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2020

Merkel open to bigger EU budget, bonds to finance post-crisis recovery

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled readiness on Monday (20 April) to finance economic recovery in Europe from the coronavirus pandemic through a bigger European Union budget and the issuance of joint debt via the European Commission.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2020

Conte doubles down on demand for coronabonds

The "full firepower" of the European Union will be needed to overcome the historic shock of the coronavirus crisis, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told German media Sunday (19 April), repeating calls to pool European debt.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Italian papers slam ‘Ugly Europe’ over delayed economic plan

The failure of EU leaders to come up with a joint economic response to the coronavirus crisis unleashed widespread criticism in Italy on Friday, with newspapers slamming Europe's foot dragging.
Global Europe 26-03-2020

Bulgaria proposes to take over EU truck cargo, drive it to Turkey

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will propose to EU leaders during their teleconference on Thursday (26 March) that his country would transship goods of trucks from EU countries going to Turkey. The alternative is that EU drivers would wait 14 days before being allowed to enter Turkey.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

France wants EU to win virus ‘communications battle’

European solidarity is being put to the test as some EU member states are not supporting the idea of 'corona bonds' and the EU's approach to communicating with the public about the crisis remains too discreet, according to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 20-03-2020

EU leaders to hold coronavirus video conference on 26 March

European Union leaders will hold another video conference on 26 March to discuss the impact of coronavirus, a top official said on Thursday (19 March), the same day the European Parliament plans to increase EU aid to the economy.
Global Europe 18-03-2020

Can the EU be run by videolink? Confidentiality is the biggest problem

The European Union runs on meetings -- endless gatherings to take decisions and try to build consensus among 27 diverse member states.

At EU summit, Bulgaria’s Borissov fends off accusations of money laundering

The Spanish newspaper elPeriodico published on Friday (21 February) an investigative report stating that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is being investigated by the Catalan police for alleged involvement in money laundering and organised crime. Borissov has denied any wrongdoing.
Future EU 21-02-2020

Summit fails to narrow differences over EU’s seven-year budget

EU leaders broke off in the early hours of Friday (21 February) after failing to make significant progress on the bloc's expenditure for the next seven years. They will reconvene at 10 am this morning to try and make a breakthrough.
Future EU 18-10-2019

Differences between Merkel and Macron are slight but real

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave their views on Europe in their concluding remarks at the end of the European Council Summit on Friday 18 October. Although they attempted to show a united front on EU issues, differences persisted. EURACTIV France reports.
Enlargement 17-10-2019

Visegrad 4, North Macedonia in last-ditch effort to change French enlargement veto

In a last-ditch effort on Wednesday evening (16 October) before a decisive EU summit, the Visegrad Four and North Macedonian officials tried to sway the enlargement mood in Brussels.
Future EU 02-07-2019

The Brief – Die another day

As exactly the time when Europe actually could prove its credibility and make it visible for the whole world, EU institutions have buried themselves in a trench war over the election of their new leadership.
EU Elections 2019 21-06-2019

No ‘white smoke’ for EU’s top jobs, leaders adjourn until 30 June

EU leaders failed to reach an agreement in the early hours of Friday (21 June) on the EU's top jobs, as divisions over the process and the distribution of the posts impeded any progress.
EU Elections 2019 20-06-2019

‘Institutional crisis’ if EU doesn’t pick Spitzenkandidat, EPP warns

EU member states risk plunging the blog into an "institutional crisis," should they decide to abandon the Spitzenkandidat process of selecting the next President of the European Commission, a senior EPP source has told EURACTIV.
Elections 19-06-2019

Merkel says she’s ‘fine’ after trembling spell

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed concerns about her health after visibly trembling at an official ceremony Tuesday (18 June), saying she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat.
Future EU 28-05-2019

EU leaders launch hunt to fill Brussels’ top jobs

European leaders descend on Brussels on Tuesday (28 May) to launch the hunt for a new generation of top EU officials in the wake of elections that shook up traditional alliances.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

Borissov: Horsetrading for the EU top jobs has started

In his usual straightforward manner, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has disclosed that French President Emmanuel Macron has consulted him this week to prepare the summit on 28 May when the future EU top jobs will be discussed for the first time.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2019

Macron, Merkel and Juncker to meet China’s Xi on Tuesday

French President Emmanuel Macron invited German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to join a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping next Tuesday (26 March), in a bid to forge a united front in European efforts to rebalance relations with Beijing.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2019

EU urges China to progress on demands to dispel ‘frustration’

The EU will give Chinese leaders a comprehensive list of demands next month to address the growing “frustration” among Europeans, and to improve bilateral cooperation as it reaches a critical junction, various senior EU officials explained on Wednesday (20 March).
EU Elections 2019 14-03-2019

Farage to lobby EU countries in search of Brexit extension veto

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on Wednesday (13 March) he will lobby EU countries to make sure one of them vetoes a possible extension of Article 50 past the 29 March deadline.
Global Europe 29-06-2018

Bulgaria’s PM decries organisation of EU summit

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov expressed his outrage on Friday (29 June) that the first day of the EU summit lasted until 5 am and that preparatory work was not taken into account.

Eastern Europe could pay to avoid taking in refugees

The idea of making countries pay if they are not willing to take in refugees – already debated and taboo – now seems to be the only way to solve the tricky issue of migrants’ allocation.
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