About: future of EU

Elections 17-04-2018

Macron takes charm offensive to Strasbourg

One year before the European elections, the French president came to Strasbourg to count his allies and convince members of all political groups. However, French ambitions seem to have been revised downward.
Future EU 11-04-2018

Furious about Brexit, Tusk calls for EU unity from Dublin

European Council President Donald Tusk confessed yesterday (10 April) he gets furious about Brexit, describing Britain's departure from the EU as very sad as he used a speech in Dublin to call for unity in Europe.
Future EU 10-04-2018

Slovakia did not hesitate to start its national EU convention

We have to value EU membership and avoid behaviour that undermines its success, writes Slovakia's European affairs chief, Ivan Korčok.
Future EU 10-04-2018

Orbán’s triumph sends shockwaves through Europe

Hungary's anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán basked Monday (9 April) in a bulldozer election triumph that delighted other nationalists but sent a chill through civil society groups and portended fresh battles with Brussels.
Future EU 19-03-2018

Merkel to push for EU unity on delicate Poland trip

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will emphasise bilateral ties and the need for European unity when she meets with top Polish officials, amid ongoing differences between the allies over Polish judicial reforms, migration and a new gas pipeline.
Future EU 13-03-2018

Czech minister: Government to hold series of public debates on EU future

The Czech government has responded to the challenge laid down by French President Emmanuel Macron and is going to start a series of public discussions on what shape the EU should take in the future, Aleš Chmelař, Czech State Secretary for EU affairs, told Aktuálně.cz.
Future EU 13-03-2018

Merkel says she will visit Macron to discuss EU reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (12 March), two days before she is to launch her new government, that she will pay a quick visit to French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss EU reform proposals.
Future EU 19-02-2018

Seeking post-Brexit unity, EU leaders find more fights

EU leaders face difficult talks this week on the thorny issues of how to plug holes in the post-Brexit budget and choose a successor for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
Future EU 30-01-2018

Jo Leinen – Visegrad Four ‘attack European democracy’

The recent statement by the Visegrad Four on the future of Europe is “an attack on European democracy”, Jo Leinen, a respected federalist MEP (S&D, Germany), said in a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday (30 January), ahead of a key summit in February focusing on the 2019 European elections.
Future EU 12-01-2018

German parties offer first response to Macron on Europe

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats pledged today (12 January) to work closely with France to strengthen the euro zone, in their first substantive response to President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious EU reform proposals.
Future EU 08-01-2018

Cornered Merkel seeks to revive ‘grand coalition’

Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) can cut a deal, she said yesterday (7 January) as the parties began five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.
Future EU 11-12-2017

Romania to hold first ‘democratic convention’ on future EU

Romania could become the first country to organise a debate in the spirit of the EU-wide ‘democratic conventions’ proposed by the French President Emmanuel Macron in his Sorbonne speech, according to statements by a Romanian Minister.
Future EU 06-12-2017

Brussels to unveil eurozone reform vision despite doubts

The European Commission will unveil a raft of ideas to reform the eurozone today (6 December), despite the resistance of powerful Germany, which remains without a government.
Brexit 04-12-2017

Ireland ‘disappointed’ following Theresa May’s Brussels talks

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed" on Monday (4 December) after Britain failed to agree to a draft deal with EU leaders on the status of the Irish border after Brexit.
Enlargement 28-11-2017

EU expansion receives an unlikely boost

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has a strong motivation for giving a boost to the largely stalled EU enlargement process, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Future EU 24-11-2017

Martin Schulz’ position as SPD leader ‘untenable’

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats came under growing pressure yesterday (23 November) to drop his opposition to a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's conservatives, with senior politicians arguing the party had a duty to promote stability.
Future EU 23-11-2017

Bütikofer: In the name of EU, Steinmeier will put pressure on his comrades

Germany's failed coalition talks are hurting Europe's reform agenda so Brussels and EU capitals should lean on the country's political leaders to find an agreement and avoid another election, Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, who took part in the talks, said on Thursday (23 November).
Future EU 23-11-2017

Tusk confirms December summit on future of eurozone will be held

A summit of euro zone leaders will go ahead as planned in the middle of December, the chairman of European Union leaders said yesterday (22 November), dispelling speculation it might be postponed because of the collapse of German coalition talks.
Elections 21-11-2017

German crisis causes EU headache

Efforts to form a coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (20 November), pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of fresh elections and causing the EU a serious headache.
EU Priorities 2020 20-11-2017

Bulgarian President: I may be a general, but I don’t like warlike rhetoric

In a wide-ranging interview, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, whose country takes over the EU's  rotating six-month Presidency in January, discussed European policies, the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency, and  his contradictions with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Future EU 10-11-2017

Macron’s party launches zealous training on the EU

Emmanuel Macron's party has launched an online training programme to present its version of the EU's history, objectives and operations to French citizens before the 2019 European elections. And to defend the president's ideas. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 27-10-2017

Oettinger wants ‘pact’ between net payers and net recipients

European Commissioner for the Budget Günther Oettinger arrives in Sofia on Friday (27 October), as part of a tour opening the debate on future EU finances.
Future EU 26-10-2017

German coalition talks reject Macron’s eurozone budget plan

German parties exploring a coalition government have dealt an early blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's hopes for more expansive fiscal policies from Berlin, backing a balanced budget and rejecting the idea of a separate pot of cash for the eurozone.
Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.