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  • 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.