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EU-China 04-06-2020

China-EU summit in Germany postponed due to coronavirus

A summit planned for September in Leipzig, Germany, between China and the European Union has been postponed because of the coronavirus, the German government said on Wednesday (3 June).
Global Europe 28-05-2020

EU must play global role in virus crisis, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (27 May) said the European Union should take more global responsibility in the coronavirus crisis, especially as ties with the United States were currently "difficult".
Politics 25-05-2020

Future of Europe Conference: Part of Germany’s EU Presidency agenda?

This year's Europe Day should have been the starting point for the conference on the Future of Europe, but the coronavirus pandemic has put the project on the backburner. Could Germany's EU Presidency give new impetus to the initiative? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 13-04-2020

Coronavirus to dominate agenda of Germany’s EU presidency

The coronavirus outbreak will dominate the agenda of the European Union when Germany takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of this year, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote in an opinion...
Future EU 17-02-2020

Pull yourselves together for EU’s sake, German Greens urge CDU

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), embroiled in a leadership crisis, must unite and keep their ruling coalition stable as Germany takes on the rotating European Union presidency this year, Greens leader Annalena Baerbock said on Saturday (15 February).
Energy 06-07-2007

Portugal set to wrestle with energy, climate proposals

With climate change high on the agenda, the Portuguese Presidency will take a first stab at the Commission's package of legislative proposals on energy, scheduled for release in September.
Future EU 28-06-2007

MEPs hail Merkel’s Reform Treaty success

The European Parliament gave a broadly positive verdict on the Reform Treaty deal struck by the German Presidency at the EU Summit on 21-23 June.
Future EU 12-06-2007

Poland threatens to block EU Treaty negotiations

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski dismissed EU leaders' hopes of finding a swift solution to the institutional impasse, saying that new treaty negotiations could take up to a year. European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering warned that a Polish veto would 'put Europe into a crisis'.
Future EU 07-06-2007

Parliament pushes for ‘Treaty plus’

MEPs have threatened to vote down a new EU Treaty that would fail to preserve the key elements of the draft EU Constitution, as Parliament struggles to make its voice heard ahead of the June Summit on institutional reform.
Future EU 06-06-2007

Poland urged to ease Treaty stance

European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi have called on the 'naysayers' to drop their resistance to institutional reforms ahead of a decisive EU Summit on 21-22 June.
Future EU 05-06-2007

‘Amato group’ puts forward new Treaty proposal

Ahead of the June Summit, which is set to put the Union on the road for a new Treaty, a group of high-level politicians and EU officials has put forward its own optimised, streamlined version.
Future EU 15-05-2007

Italian and Czech PMs clash over EU Constitution

The two heads of government exposed their opposing views on how to proceed with the Constitutional Treaty and clashed on the issues of voting rights, division of competences and symbols in the current text.
Future EU 14-05-2007

Portugal urges progress on new Treaty at EU ‘mini-summit’

At an informal EU meeting in Portugal, Prime Minister José Sócrates urged Germany to obtain a 'precise mandate' under its presidency in order to advance institutional changes for the enlarged EU.
Future EU 11-05-2007

Steinmeier: June Summit will be ‘solidarity test’

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pleaded for more solidarity within the EU ahead of the European Summit, as the Czech government teams up with the Poles to open up the voting-rights issue in the new treaty.
Future EU 26-04-2007

Barroso backs down on informal EU Treaty ‘Summit’

Commission President José Manuel Barroso changed his plans to hold informal talks with a hand-picked group of key EU leaders on the stalled EU Constitution, after controversy broke out over the number of invitees.
Central Europe 16-04-2007

Turkey frustrated over EU-accession talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the need for the EU and Turkey to 'edge closer', following Ankara's harsh criticism of the current Turkish EU-membership talks.
Future EU 16-04-2007

Barroso presses for new EU Treaty by 2009

Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called on EU leaders to follow an ambitious road map to put a new treaty in place by 2009 and has warned against reopening issues already agreed in the Constitutional Treaty.
Future EU 29-03-2007

Merkel wants EU leaders to stick to 2009 treaty deadline

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has exhorted European leaders to overcome internal problems in order to make the EU fit to face the challenges of globalisation, after an EU Summit in Berlin had agreed to institutional reform by 2009.
Future EU 26-03-2007

Europe set for constitutional revamp?

The Berlin Declaration has set out a timeline for an institutional renewal of the EU by 2009. However, opinions differ as to what should be included in the new EU Treaty.
Future EU 26-03-2007

EU leaders set 2009 deadline for institutional reform

Celebrating the EU's 50th anniversary at an informal summit in Berlin, EU leaders on 25 March 2007 vowed to have a new treaty in place by 2009.
Future EU 23-03-2007

EU to celebrate 50th anniversary

As European leaders get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome in Berlin on 25 March 2007, last-minute disagreements have emerged over a declaration outlining the EU's major achievements and future perspectives.
Future EU 20-03-2007

Germany wins Poland backing for EU birthday text

Following a visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Warsaw on 16-17 March, Poland agreed to back the Berlin Declaration despite the absence of a mention of Christianity in the text, clearing the way for the Treaty of Rome's 50th anniversay celebrations to take place later this week.
Future EU 19-03-2007

Business lays down expectations for EU ‘birthday card’

Business representatives urged the EU to press on with the Lisbon targets of growth and jobs, further market integration and institutional reform, ahead of the Berlin Declaration on 25 March 2007.

Presidency stresses ‘social face’ in Berlin Declaration

Emphasising the EU's social dimension in the context of the EU's upcoming 50th anniversary declaration, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the presidency's view to Commission and Parliament leaders on 14 March 2007.