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Economy & Jobs 19-02-2020

The EU budget explained

Leaders will meet on Thursday (20 February) for a first attempt to reach an agreement on the EU’s next long-term budget. It will shape the future of the bloc for the next seven years. EURACTIV explains what the Multiannual Financial...
Politics 21-06-2019

No deal on top jobs or climate neutrality at June summit

The June European Council was all about jobs. Leaders failed to fill the five available positions to lead the EU in the next mandate and to reach an agreement to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, which would lead to the creation of a million jobs, according to a European Commission assessment.
EU Elections 2019 21-06-2019

Rutte: ‘I will never support stabilisation mechanisms at euro level’

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.com after the European Council, Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, said on Friday (21 June) that he "will never support" new budgetary instruments to stabilise the euro area if an economic shock hits the region.
Politics 20-06-2019

Keller: ‘It’s not possible that we never had a female Commission president’

Ska Keller is a German Green MEP and co-president of the Greens and European Free Alliance (EFA). The Greens’ unexpected success in the EU elections, combined with the continued decline of the Socialists and Conservatives, means they might emerge as kingmakers.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

How to #Spitzenkandidat

As the European elections loom closer, one question rings ever louder in the Brussels corridors: How will the Parliament’s main political groups choose their candidates for the EU’s top jobs?
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Languages & Culture 12-01-2015

Folk dancers inaugurate Latvia’s EU presidency

Latvia's presidency of the European Council attracted some attention on Monday after it held a traditional folk dance in the Council's building in Brussels.
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EU Priorities 2020 03-07-2014

Renzi: Europe’s “selfie” would show a tired face

As Italy took over the rotating presidency of the EU for the next six months, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi outlined his vision for the future of the Union and urged Europe 'to find its soul again'.
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EU Priorities 2020 18-12-2012

Ireland unveils EU Presidency priorities

Stability, jobs and growth. This is the motto that will define Ireland's upcoming EU Council presidency starting on January 1st. On Monday Ireland unveiled their agenda for the next 6 months. Banking supervision and reaching a deal on the EU budget will take center stage. But with EU leaders failing to reach consensus on the next EU long-term budget in November, the Irish will be under pressure to clinch a deal.
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Future EU 09-05-2012

Van Rompuy calls EU Summit on May 23rd

In the wake of the elections in France and Greece, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has called for an informal summit of EU leaders on the 23rd of May to discuss the growth agenda in Europe. The informal dinner will lay the ground for another meeting at the end of June when leaders are expected to take decisions on their growth and budget consolidation strategy.
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