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  • Barroso: ‘We will need to move towards a federation of nation states’

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 12-09-2012

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso delivered today (12 September) his State of the Union speech, passionately pleading for launching a wide-ranging public debate for a major transformation of the European Union into a "federation of nation states".

  • Federalist MEP: ‘We are not ever going to be like a German federal republic’

    Interview | Future EU 12-09-2012

    Eurozone countries, at the request of Germany, have taken steps towards fiscal union and greater budget discipline, but Berlin will have to agree to a second phase of integration with fiscal solidarity and debt mutualisation, says Andrew Duff.

  • Reding: Barroso III would make Europe stronger

    Interview | Future EU 04-09-2012

    Europe needs continuity and stability at the helm of government to make it stronger and more resilient, European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding said in an interview with EURACTIV Italy, while also pushing for a third Barroso term at the Commission.

  • Will the euro sink into public oblivion?

    Opinion | Public Affairs 21-08-2012

    The time has come to give the euro a political perspective and bring about a sense of common European destiny in a changing world, writes Pierre Defraigne.

  • Verhofstadt: Merkel, Hollande squabble like children

    Interview | EU Elections 09 27-06-2012

    Time is running short to make a jump towards federalism - to avoid a complete collapse of the euro, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Federalist warms up to Europe at two speeds

    News | Future EU 11-06-2012

    Liberal MEP Andrew Duff, a leading federalist, is urging EU leaders at their 28-29 June summit to consider building a political union with, “at least initially”, a core group of countries forming a vanguard under a new treaty.

  • Barroso prepares calendar for ‘more EU integration’

    News | Future EU 31-05-2012

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has said he will propose a roadmap and "calendar" for more European integration at the next summit of EU leaders on 28-29 June, without discarding the possibility of a treaty change aimed at injecting more federalism into the Union.

  • Attali: A federal Europe is the only way out of the crisis

    News | Future EU 18-04-2012

    ?The only way to save the euro and get Europe out its financial crisis while maintaining people’s living standards is to have a more integrated union, the economist Jacques Attali said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • François Bayrou: Toning down his Euro-federalism

    News | Elections 29-03-2012

    As part of an ongoing series, EURACTIV France is profiling leading candidates in the 2012 French presidential elections, analysing in detail what their political action, programmes and policies mean for the European Union. François Bayrou, the centrist candidate of the Democratic Movement, stresses the national responsibility for fiscal discipline and the European Union’s potential to affirm France’s place in the world, toning down his usual strong Euro-federalist rhetoric.

  • After the fiscal compact, European democracy

    Opinion | Future EU 13-02-2012

    The decision of 25 EU governments to endorse a fiscal compact marked a turning point in the sovereign debt crisis, writes Guido Montani of the Union of European Federalists. Now a debate on the political future of the EU begins.

  • Jo Leinen: Crisis could be chance for European project

    Interview | Future EU 22-12-2011

    The proposed 'fiscal compact' treaty currently being negotiated overly emphasises austerity and is insufficient to resolve the economic difficulties, says German MEP Jo Leinen. However the unprecedented attention brought to the EU by the crisis also presents an opportunity for European federalists to make their case to the public, he says.

  • Federalist MEP: EU needs ‘solidarity union’

    News | Future EU 22-12-2011

    The proposed 'fiscal compact' treaty currently being negotiated overly emphasises austerity and is insufficient to exit the economic difficulties, says Jo Leinen, a social democratic MEP from Germany. But the unprecedented attention brought to the EU by the crisis also presents an opportunity for European federalists to make their case to the public, he says.

  • Federalists want ‘people agora’ to decide EU future

    News | Future EU 09-12-2011

    Participants in a 'shadow summit' hosted yesterday (8 December) by the federalist Spinelli Group said they were "fed up" with the secretive political deals of EU leaders and called for a convention to map out a new vision for Europe.

  • Liberal MEP suggests ‘second-class membership’ for UK

    News | Brexit 05-09-2011

    Andrew Duff, a British Liberal MEP and leader of the Union of European Federalists, has called for a genuine 'fiscal union' and greater EU integration, explicitly saying that opt-outs should be made possible for more Eurosceptic countries like the United Kingdom.

  • Duff: Next EU election campaign should be ‘enjoyable’

    Interview | Future EU 06-07-2011

    Reform of the EU electoral system to be voted on tomorrow (7 July) in the European Parliament should make sure that voters across the Union and the media actually "enjoy" European election campaigns, UK Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.

  • Federalists in attempt to upgrade Lisbon Treaty

    News | Brexit 04-03-2011

    Leading MEP Andrew Duff has tabled "federalist" proposals to enable future EU treaty revisions to be made with a four-fifths majority of member states, in a bid to bypass the UK's 'referendum lock' on any further treaty amendments.

  • Spinelli Group preaches federalism to parliaments, media

    News | Elections 13-01-2011

    A recently-established federalist body, the Spinelli Group, invited all its members to the European Parliament for the first time yesterday (12 January) for a debate on how to bring forward greater unity between Europeans.

  • The euro will only be saved if Europe exists

    Opinion | Euro & Finance 10-12-2010

    Political unity in Europe is essential in order to rid the financial markets of doubt and stabilise the single currency writes Emma Bonino, vice-president of the Italian Senate, former European commissioner and former MEP.

  • Verhofstadt seeking to revive EU election hopes

    News | Elections 06-10-2010

    Guy Vehofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, would be "very pleased" to appear on the first-ever transnational list at the 2014 European elections in order to revive his chances of becoming the next president of the European Commission, EURACTIV has learned.

  • Spinelli Group seeks supporters to boost federalism

    News | Future EU 16-09-2010

    Prominent MEPs yesterday (15 September) launched the Spinelli Group, presented as a network aimed at overcoming nationalism and promoting federalism across Europe. They invited citizens to join the circle, making clear it was not a political party.

  • Parliament sees crisis as ‘opportunity’ for tax harmonisation

    News | Innovation & Industry 07-01-2010

    The economic crisis could present an opportunity to harmonise taxation policy across EU member states, according to officials at the European Parliament who contributed to a major report on the future development of the EU.

  • Analysis: What would a federal Europe look like?

    Opinion | Future EU 13-04-2006

    In her book-project Florina-Laura Neculai, PhD student at the Catholic University of Leuven, explains European federalism in easily comprehensible terms. The project was supported by the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and is available in 14 languages.  

  • EU federalists warn against halt to federalism

    News | Future EU 09-10-2002

    In a reaction to a call by the President of the
    European Convention, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, for a halt
    to federalism, the Young European Federalists warn there should
    be no end to federalism if the EU is to become
    democratic.

  • What future for federalism?

    Opinion | Future EU 19-09-2002

    What future for federalism? In the Convention and elsewhere, Europe is once again debating its institutional framework. Gilles Andréani, in his thoughtful essay What future for federalism?, provides a valuable contribution to this debate by analysing the steady rise of 'intergovernmentalism' …

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