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Future EU 24-05-2022

The Future of Europe: time to choose

“It is our moral obligation to create what I would call a European Political Community”. The words used by Emmanuel Macron as President of the Council of the European Union, to wrap up one year of work of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE) confirms that a profound reform of the EU is becoming a moral imperative.
Europe's East 09-05-2022

Three imperilled neighbours on this Europe Day

The European Union has to decide its future also by responding to the latest calls for EU membership from Ukraine and the two other Associated states, Georgia and Moldova, writes Tinatin Akhvlediani.
Future EU 14-04-2022

‘Ever Closer’ Union or ‘Ever Stronger’ Union?

The 1648 Westphalia treaty stipulated that each state could choose its own religion and others would not interfere in its internal matters. This Westphalian approach is a way to live in peace and harmony with distant partners and among ourselves, writes Žiga Turk.
Future EU 20-12-2021

Europe must fight to defend its identity

Europe's needs to rearm its identity in the face of Islamism and cancel-culture, writes Assita Kanko.
Future EU 13-12-2021

Macron’s presidential challenger Pécresse would say ‘non’ to federal EU

The conservative candidate who has emerged as Emmanuel Macron's most serious challenger for next year's presidential election kicked off her campaign on Saturday (11 December) by announcing she would resist German calls for a federal European superstate.
Global Europe 01-12-2021

As Merkel bows out, Europe seeks new leader

Angela Merkel's departure from the political stage after 16 years as chancellor has not only ushered in a new era in Germany but also shakes up the power balance in the EU.
22-11-2021

Brexit still an Issue for Europe whilst Britain’s border remains in Ireland

One important issue that the Conference on the Future of Europe needs to deal with is the relationship of the EU with the rest of the world. For me, that ‘rest of the world’ begins a few kilometres from my...
Future EU 20-05-2020

Europe’s Franco-German ‘motor’ sputters back to life

President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel have jump-started the Franco-German "motor" at the heart of Europe by jointly pitching a hugely ambitious economic recovery plan, even if it faces a bumpy road ahead.
Future EU 22-04-2020

COVID-19 and the need for deep EU reform

The management of COVID-19 cases seems to be working more on the basis of Darwin's well-known theory of natural selection, where the strong survive, rather than on any European strategy, writes Bashkim Smakaj.
Future EU 13-04-2020

Pope Francis: EU is facing epochal challenge on which depends the future of the world

Pope Francis prayed for tens of thousands of coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown.
Future EU 11-04-2020

Portugal’s Costa criticises Netherlands over commitment to EU

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Friday (10 April) that the Netherlands' attempt to block economic support to fight the coronavirus raised questions about the future of the European Union.
Future EU 09-04-2020

Italy PM warns virus puts EU project at stake

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned Thursday (9 April) that the European integration project was at risk if EU member states do not find an economic response to the coronavirus crisis.
Future EU 02-04-2020

Avanti, von der Leyen!

Playtime is over, so Ursula von der Leyen and her Commissioners better take out the big guns and follow in the footsteps of the Delors Commission, writes Guy Verhofstadt.
Future EU 31-03-2020

Return to borderless Europe after COVID-19 will be difficult but not impossible.

If we do not start creating the conditions for the return to a border free Schengen zone now, the temporary measures introduced to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic risk becoming permanent, writes Alena Kudzko.
Future EU 15-03-2020

Prominent Europeans call for EU answer to coronavirus threat

A number of prominent figures are calling for a "European response" to the coronavirus threat, with strict containment measures of the pandemics, and an EU-wide plan to re-start the European economy afterwards.
Future EU 22-01-2020

Future of Europe: What happens if a majority of citizens asks for ‘less Europe’?

“That’s a very interesting question. If there will be a majority of them, we will follow”, Commission Vice President Dubravka Šuica said on Wednesday (22 January), on what would happen if a majority of citizens would ask for “less Europe”.
Future EU 23-07-2019

The EU now needs a fully-fledged #EUCitizenCommissioner

We should never forget that democracy is not just about voting: citizens also want their voices heard between elections, write Roger Casale and Verena Ringler.
Competition 15-05-2019

Champions grow through competition

Instead of letting governments picking ‘champions’, the EU should strengthen the single market, invest more in innovation and “assertively” pursue fair and equal trade policies, argue Dutch ministers Eric Wiebes, Sigrid Kaag and Mona Keijzer.
Future EU 06-05-2019

Tusk addresses Poles on Constitution Day

Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish Prime Minister who is at odds with the populist government of the Law and Order party (PiS), addressed a series of messages to his compatriots on 3 May, Constitution Day.
Future EU 23-04-2019

Macron prepares to launch ‘Act 2’ of his presidency

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Thursday (25 April) reveal his long-awaited response to almost half a year of street protests in a reform plan that could prove decisive for his presidency and long-term political future.
Future EU 11-04-2019

EU27 is now free to hold summits without the UK

The EU27 will be free to hold official Council meetings and make decisions without the UK despite the country still being a member of the Union, in a move seen as a success for France’s President Macron, who led calls for the restrictions.
Future EU 08-04-2019

Joining forces for Europe’s public sphere

The EU’s tropism towards business and technology comes at the price of neglecting its most precious realm: Europe’s public sphere, the precondition of its very existence, write Pieter Boeder, Christiane Lötsch and Péter Techet.
Future EU 27-03-2019

Citizens’ expectations for Europe focus on climate and social issues

The common expectations of Europeans are actually far from the divisions fuelled by politicians. This was highlighted by the WeEuropeans initiative, which managed to mobilise 2 million people and generate 30,000 proposals. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 12-03-2019

Merkel distances herself from Macron’s Europe vision

Less than two months after celebrating a new Franco-German treaty, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are diverging on the future of Europe in the run-up to European Parliament elections in May.