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  • The EU needs a new Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 19-06-2007

    The EU is in urgent need of a new Treaty, argue Richard Baldwin and Mika Widgren in a June paper for the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. The new Treaty simply must reform the current EU decision-making system, whatever other 'filler' items it may contain, the paper insists.

  • Institutional deadlock and the June Summit

    Opinion | Future EU 15-06-2007

    It should be possible to reach an agreement over the stalled Constitutional Treaty at the June Summit if two sets of conditions are satisfied, write Sebastian Kurpas and Stefano Micossi in a May 2007 paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Poland threatens to block EU Treaty negotiations

    News | Future EU 12-06-2007

    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'.

  • Brown, Blair and the Constitutional Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 08-06-2007

    Prime Minister Tony Blair believes that no referendum on the Constitutional Treaty would need to be held in the UK if, instead of attempting revive the original wide-ranging Treaty, the members states now simply agreed on a series of amendments, writes Brendan Donnelly of the Federal Union.

  • Parliament pushes for ‘Treaty plus’

    News | Future EU 07-06-2007

    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.

  • Poland urged to ease Treaty stance

    News | Future EU 06-06-2007

    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.

  • ‘Amato group’ puts forward new Treaty proposal

    News | Future EU 05-06-2007

    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.

  • Europe’s future – a road map to a new Treaty

    Opinion | Future EU 30-05-2007

    A solution to the EU's Constitutional crisis is within reach if leaders concentrate on a short treaty designed to make the Union work better, claims a Friends of Europe discussion paper, published in May 2007. A divided Europe is the risk of failure on the constitutional issue, the report declares.

  • Italian and Czech PMs clash over EU Constitution

    News | Future EU 15-05-2007

    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.

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

    News | Future EU 14-05-2007

    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.

  • Steinmeier: June Summit will be ‘solidarity test’

    News | Future EU 11-05-2007

    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.

  • Barroso backs down on informal EU Treaty ‘Summit’

    News | Future EU 26-04-2007

    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.