About: eurosceptism

Four major EU countries in favour of joint asylum policy for refugees -poll

In a wide-ranging opinion poll on migration led by Avaaz, the citizens of four major EU countries overwhelmingly said they were in favour of solidarity and a joint European asylum policy for refugees.
Elections 29-05-2018

Presidents, elections and grey-haired men

With a year to go until the European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new European Commission, the EU is yet again at a crossroads. But unlike Robert Johnson, the EU is unlikely to sell its soul to play a mean guitar, writes Tom Parker.
Elections 26-03-2018

Commission defends controversial Selmayr promotion

The European Commission on Sunday (25 March) insisted the controversial promotion of President Jean-Claude Juncker's top aide was "in full compliance" with rules, and not even a promotion, despite a growing cronyism row.
Railways 27-03-2017

Parliament’s free Interrail plan replaced by smaller €2.5 million travel fund for teenagers

MEPs are annoyed that a European Commission proposal to hand out €2.5 million to fund young students' travel around Europe will only receive a fraction of the budget they wanted.
Transport 05-10-2016

EU ‘ready to explore’ free InterRail tickets for European teenagers

The European Commission is considering handing out free InterRail tickets to all young Europeans when they turn 18, following up on a proposal made by Members of the European Parliament to counter the wave of euroscepticism spreading across the continent.
Emily O'Reilly, EU Ombudsman, with EU Commission president 2009-2014, José Manuel Barroso [European Commission]
Public Affairs 06-09-2016

EU Ombudsman tells Juncker to clarify his stance on Barroso’s new job

Emily O'Reilly has urged European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to address widespread concerns and clarify the institution’s position on the appointment of his predecessor, José Manuel Barroso, as the non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs.
Enlargement 05-07-2016

Georgia persists in its bid to join the EU

The Brexit vote has fuelled discussions in Georgia about the country’s hopes of joining the EU. Tbilisi has consistently assured the bloc that the country’s European choice is irreversible. But Georgia’s European bid still faces serious exams, writes Zaal Anjaparidze.

EU ministers turn wary eye on migration from North Africa

On Friday (10 June) European Union ministers will look into ways of stemming the flow of refugees who set sail for Europe from North Africa, after a deal with Turkey has cut arrivals via Greece to a trickle.
EU Priorities 2020 08-06-2016

Brexit or not, Europe’s voters are cooler on EU, survey reveals

Whether or not Britons vote this month to quit the European Union, fellow voters across the continent are increasingly sceptical of the benefits of staying in the bloc.
Elections 11-04-2016

EU to propose visa-free travel for Ukraine despite Dutch vote

The European Commission will propose this month granting visa-free travel to Ukrainians despite a Dutch referendum vote against an EU-Ukraine agreement partly motivated by hostility to migration, a senior EU source said.
Brexit 07-03-2016

Sobotka speaks out against Brexit and Czexit

Speaking to EURACTIV.cz, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has corrected media interpretations according to which the eventuality of Brexit could open the door to Czexit. He said he wishes for the UK to remain a member of the EU and considers any suggestion of the Czech Republic leaving the EU to be unfounded, harmful and dangerous.
Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski
Central Europe 14-01-2016

The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe

The governments of the countries in Central Europe feel less and less loyal to the European Union, writes John Loyd.
Brexit 17-07-2015

UK makes the biggest contribution to the Juncker Plan

The UK may be a Eurosceptic country, but it has made the biggest contribution to the flagship project of the Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker – the €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe designed to stimulate the EU's post-crisis economy.
EU Priorities 2020 03-04-2015

Why Le Pen is wrong about Europe

The recent performance of the National Front in France’s local elections is symptomatic of the European electorate’s disenchantment with the EU. But strengthening the Union, not tearing it down, is the way to guarantee a better future, argues Gilles Pittoors.
Euro & Finance 17-02-2015

Many of Greece’s problems were aggravated by the EU

We must recognise that many of Greece's problems were aggravated by the behaviour of the European Union, writes Maria João Rodrigues.
Central Europe 05-01-2015

Turmoil in Eurosceptic AfD party could help Merkel

A battle for control of the German Eurosceptic upstart Alternative for Germany (AfD) exposed deep ideological rifts at the weekend within a party that has been stealing votes from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
Brexit 21-11-2014

UKIP wins second seat in Westminster

Britain's anti-EU UKIP party won its second seat in parliament today (21 November), defeating Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in a special election six months before what is shaping up to be a closely-fought national vote.
Elections 20-11-2014

Cameron risks losing UK seat to anti-EU UKIP

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives risk losing a second British parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Thursday, foreshadowing a possible political upheaval in next year's national election.
Brexit 06-11-2014

UK says Western Balkans would be even keener to join a reformed EU

Philip Hammond, Britain's foreign minister, told Western Balkan states aspiring to membership of the European Union yesterday (5 November) that he admired their enthusiasm, but believed it would be even greater if the EU carried out reforms that Britain wants.
Brexit 04-11-2014

Hill says will act as EU ‘translator’ of British public opinion

Britain's new European Commissioner Jonathan Hill warned yesterday (3 November) that he and his EU colleagues needed to stand above the pursuit of national interest or risk driving the bloc apart.
Central Europe 27-10-2014

Hungarian parliament chief: We could leave the EU

If the European Union wants to dictate to Hungary, then the country should consider slowly backing out of the union, Parliamentary Speaker and Fidesz MP László Kövér said on 24 October, as quoted by the Hungarian press.
Jose Manuel Barroso
Brexit 20-10-2014

Barroso: UK cannot get by without a little help from its friends

European Commission President José  Manuel Barroso will today (20 October) issue a plea to Britain not to isolate itself from Europe by picking fights over immigration, adding that EU membership boosts British international clout.
[Blandine Le Cain/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 09-10-2014

National Front renews hunt for European funding

After failing to form a group in the European Parliament, Marine Le Pen's National Front will seek EU funding by forming a new European political party. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2014 16-07-2014

Schulz says Parliament may reject Hill as UK Commissioner

The head of the European Parliament said today (16 July) that the "radically anti-European" views of Jonathan Hill, British premier David Cameron's nominee for the European Commission, might prevent him getting onto the EU's executive body.

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