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Future EU 09-05-2014

Italian PM vows to push for United States of Europe during presidency

In an unprecedented speech outlining his vision for Europe, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi called for courageous leaders to work towards a United States of Europe.
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Future EU 06-01-2014

Anthony Giddens:’Turbulent and Mighty Continent’ book launch

The Lisbon Council hosted the Brussels launch of Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?, the new book by Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics. Lord Giddens delivered The 2013 Jean Jacques Rousseau Lecture and presented an array of new ideas for energising the European project. Joaquín Almunia, vice-president of the European Commission, served as discussant. Watch Anthony Giddens' full speech: http://youtu.be/5ExcCtFOTZo
EU Priorities 2020 16-10-2013

Almunia: EU’s problem is unaccountability, not economic liberalism

National politicians have left Brussels technocrats with the unenviable task of explaining austerity decisions taken at European level to their public opinion, undermining trust in the EU’s political system and democracy at large, according to Joaquín Almunia, the EU’s competition commissioner.
Central Europe 19-04-2013

Forget the United States of Europe, French ex-minister says

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union will never receive enough public support for federalism and so should abandon the idea of a United States-inspired superstate, says the influential French Socialist former minister Hubert Védrine.
Future EU 18-10-2012

Hollande to Merkel: Political union comes after banking, social unions

French President François Hollande has put the brakes on a German-backed "political union", saying it should only be considered after the 2014 European elections and could not happen before there is agreement on creating banking and "social" unions.

On the social dimension of a genuine Economic and Monetary Union

Social convergence should be a key consideration as member states embark on a new round of integration to complete the EMU, otherwise it will result in an intensification of competition between them and social dumping, writes Maria João Rodrigues.
Future EU 14-09-2012

Czech president rejects Barroso’s EU ‘federation’ plan

Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus has flatly rejected a proposal by EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso for a major transformation of the European Union into a "federation of nation states", according to Czech press reports.