About: European integration

Central Europe 02-11-2018

Polish expert: Article 7 is now a political matter, not a legal one

Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans should keep away from the strained rule of law dialogue between Brussels and Warsaw, as long as he is running for a seat in the new Commission, says expert Sławomir Dębski. He spoke to EURACTIV.com about Poland's place in Europe, its relations with neighbours and security.
EU Elections 2019 25-10-2018

Researcher: After the elections, the Commission will certainly be more colourful

Fears of the populist right seizing control of the European Parliament after the 2019 elections are greatly exaggerated, says Piotr Buras. But the new European Parliament and Commission that will come out of the election will certainly be more colourful, he says.
Future EU 09-04-2018

Poland defends a Europe of states

Poland's foreign minister has called for strengthening the role of states and national parliaments in the European decision-making process and moving away from the federalist model. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Defence policy 24-10-2017

EU is moving closer together on defence

After the Brexit vote and Trumps election in 2016, the defence union came to the fore of the EU integration plans. The past EU summit showed that progress has obviously been made, writes Steffen Stiehle of EURACTIV Germany.
Future EU 29-08-2017

Nathalie Loiseau: France has ignored Eastern Europe for too long

France is looking east to launch a reform of the EU and is seeking Central Europe’s support on defence, migration, trade and posted workers briefs. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
26-05-2017

On 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European future

Kosovo’s up-coming election is a chance for the country to confirm itself as a “bright spot” in the Balkans and choose the path towards European integration, writes Avdullah Hoti.
Central Europe 15-02-2017

Slovak presidency failed to impress Eurosceptics

Two in three Slovaks knew that the country held its first rotating presidency in the Council last fall. But, according to a survey, the rest were either unclear, or didn't know about it. Euractiv Slovakia reports.
Brexit 07-07-2016

Future EU-UK relations: Silver linings or rain clouds?

Now is not the time to get bogged down in what the EU treaties do and do not allow. We need a new vision for Europe that offers members the flexibility they need and can inspire future generations to embrace the European project, writes Tom Parker.
Brexit 06-06-2016

Protecting Europe’s family ties in trying times

In 1946, it was British Conservative Winston Churchill who famously called for the creation of a European family and the establishment of a United States of Europe. So perhaps it is fitting that another Tory may preside over the family’s dissolution, writes Anthony Silberfeld.
Euro & Finance 20-04-2016

Moisés Naím: ‘More Europe’ needed to strengthen EU

"Europe has been losing its clout and its voice has diminished,” Moisés Naím told EURACTIV Spain in an interview, as well as highlighting his desire for “more Europe” so that “the predominant voices are not those of autocracies and dictatorships like Russia or China”.
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EU Priorities 2020 27-06-2014

Barroso: European integration is a source of inspiration

Speaking ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that 'despite all difficulties', the EU is signing and Association Agreements with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on Friday.
Future EU 19-03-2014

French opinion split on EU’s future

A ten-year prospective study issued by the French government shows that the population is divided over the future of the European Union. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2014 26-02-2014

Europe: An ode to fear?

The EU was not the cause of the crisis, even if it lacked an effective response to it. The next European Parliament elections should put European integration front and centre instead of slamming the EU too easily, writes Yves Bertoncini. 

French ex-president: EU needs to regain credibility among citizens

Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing has called on EU leaders to put forward a vision for Europe to inspire citizens, boost confidence and develop a shared sense of belonging.
Future EU 31-05-2013

France, Germany kick plans for deeper union into the long grass

Paris and Berlin have delayed plans for deepening the economic and monetary union until after next year’s European elections, following talks in Paris between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande on the future of the eurozone.
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Brexit 09-04-2013

Thatcher: a European legacy

The UK's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday in London aged 87 after suffering a stroke. As the longest serving premier of the 20th century, she was one of the most influential and controversial political leaders Europe and the world has ever seen. 'May I thank you for offering me this opportunity to reply. It seems to me that some people do not like me to reply quite as vigorously as they attack me. It is a reciprocal business with us, I hope it is with you', said Baroness Thatcher.
Global Europe 28-03-2013

European integration must continue, says Verheugen

With the urgency of the financial crisis, Günter Verheugen, former Vice President of the European Commission voiced the need for further European integration, in a video interview with EURACTIV. 
Med & South 25-01-2013

Euroscepticism: More than a British phenomenon

With Prime Minister David Cameron having vowed to hold a referendum on UK membership of the EU, Britain's penchant for EU bashing is well publicised. But there are political parties in other member states which are far from in love with the European project, and whose stance against integration has been fanned by the worsening of the economic crisis.
Euro & Finance 27-06-2012

Europe will push back frontiers and open up new horizons

European leaders will have to move towards further integration simply because they cannot afford to climb down. But they are increasingly inclined to ignore borders and launch cross-border initiatives, says Andy Langenkamp.
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Economy & Jobs 24-05-2012

EU prepares for ‘new stage’ in economic union

European leaders will discuss plans for deeper economic integration in the euro zone at their next meeting in June, after an inconclusive summit yesterday (23 May) saw open divergences between France and Germany over how to restore the EU's sluggish economic growth. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will present a report exploring ways to deepen economic integration in the euro zone when EU leaders hold their next meeting on 28-29 June.
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Future EU 04-03-2012

EU Heads of State sign new Fiscal Treaty

25 European heads of state on Friday signed the new European Fiscal Treaty. Jose Manual Barroso said the signing of the treaty, "signals the irreversibility of the euro and a very important step forward in European integration".
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Economy & Jobs 07-02-2012

Maastricht Treaty turns 20 as euro crisis continues

Twenty years ago, leaders of the European Union put their signatures under a plan for one of the most ambitious steps in European integration.The single currency. The Maastricht Treaty enable the creation of the euro, which, despite all the negatives, has clearly carved out its place in the international currency markets. Former European Commissioner President Jacques Delors still sees the euro as a success story: Ten years after the launch of the physical notes and coins, however, it's clear that the Maastricht Treaty was not a complete success.
EU Priorities 2020 18-08-2011

EU leaders face crossroads in European integration

Why would Europe's top leaders choose to introduce measures that will require a new treaty, while the European project is already struggling so badly on its current terms? Global intelligence company Stratfor attempts to answer that question, arguing that EU leaders have no alternative but to keep the EU alive despite citizens' disenchantment.
Euro & Finance 13-05-2011

Borrell: Lack of political will is exacerbating EU integration fatigue

The persistent hesitation of EU leaders to tackle crises is weakening the European Union and exacerbating integration fatigue, said Josep Borrell, president of the European University Institute, in an interview with EURACTIV.

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