About: Guy Verhofstadt

Brexit 14-12-2017

Theresa May suffers major parliamentary defeat ahead of EU summit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated yesterday (13 December), when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Brexit 13-12-2017

EU readies ‘David Davis-proof’ Brexit summit

The European Union has played down talk by Britain’s Brexit minister that last week’s interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday (15 December) that are “David Davis-proof”, a senior EU official said.

Elections 30-11-2017

Europe’s liberals prepare for overthrow of Grand Coalition

Liberals in Europe want to overthrow the European cartel of power held by conservative and social democrats and are targeting victory in the upcoming European elections in 2019. Can their offensive possibly succeed? Wolf Achim Wiegand looks at their chances.

European Parliament sets in motion ‘nuclear option’ for Poland

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday (15 November) a resolution calling for the application of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ for Poland, Article 7 of the EU Treaty, because of the threat to the rule of law in the biggest Eastern European country. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Brexit 09-11-2017

Brexit talks resume, slow progress set to cause delays in roadmap

Britain and the EU opened another round of slow-moving divorce talks on Thursday (9 November) amid growing signs that a decision to start discussions on post-Brexit trade and customs ties, which London wants to tackle as soon as possible, could be postponed until next year.

Brexit 29-09-2017

Verhofstadt: Brexit is ‘a very negative project’, but it helped revive EU popularity

Brexit is "a very negative project" but has nonetheless helped to revive the popularity of the EU and spur demands for change, the European Parliament's pointman on divorce proceedings said yesterday (28 September).

Brexit 25-08-2017

Has ‘ambitious’ British PM aimed too high with EU demands?

Prime Minister Theresa May always said she would be "ambitious" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, and government documents published this month show the scale of that ambition - wanting the closest of ties without the costs.

Brexit 10-07-2017

UK offer is far from what citizens are entitled to

The European Parliament’s political leaders and Brexit Steering Committee members condemn the UK’s “damp squib” of an offer on the rights of EU citizens and insist they will refuse to endorse a Brexit deal that strips EU citizens of their acquired rights.

Britain and EU clash as May outlines Brexit proposals for Europeans

London and Brussels clashed yesterday (26 June) over future residency rights for millions of Europeans as Britain outlined post-Brexit proposals that included a special new status for EU immigrants.

Brexit 15-06-2017

European Commission offers ‘open arms’ for British return

European Commission deputy chief Frans Timmermans said Thursday (15 June) that he would welcome Britain back into the EU "with open arms" if it reconsidered its decision to quit the bloc.

Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt [R] is not an active MEP [European Parliament]
Brexit 14-06-2017

Britain can stay in EU but perks will end, says Verhofstadt

The EU will keep the door open for Britain to return, but only on worse terms than it currently has, European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Wednesday (14 June).

Elections 12-05-2017

As Macron forms party, Brussels ponders its affiliation

Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party on Thursday (11 May) announced a list of 428 candidates for French parliamentary elections in June, a move likely to shake up French politics. In Brussels, the liberal ALDE group hopes En Marche! will join its ranks.

Brexit 31-03-2017

EU-27 hands Spain veto over Gibraltar’s Brexit deal

Spain is likely to wield a veto over any Brexit deal for Gibraltar after the EU-27 backed Madrid in its draft negotiating guidelines for forthcoming divorce talks between the UK and the bloc.

Brexit 30-03-2017

Momentum builds behind transitional Brexit deal

EU institutions and governments discussed the need for additional time before negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU start, in order to complete the new bilateral association agreement.

Brexit 29-03-2017

Revoking Article 50 would be illegal, claim EU diplomats

European Union member states questioned on Wednesday (29 March) the legality of a European Parliament move to open up the possibility that Article 50, the legal process taking Britain out of the EU, could be reversed. Diplomats told euractiv.com that by offering the UK a way out of Brexit, the EU had weakened its hand in …

Europe's East 17-03-2017

Crimea annexation anniversary triggers reactions in US, EU

The US yesterday (16 March) condemned once again Russia's Crimea annexation, vowing to maintain sanctions until Moscow returns the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine. The EU prolonged personal sanctions and the European Parliament passed a resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Brexit 10-03-2017

Juncker dangles prospect that Brexit Britain will ‘re-enter the boat’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker held out a lifeline that a post-Brexit Britain might one day want to rejoin the EU, at the close of a two-day European summit where, for once, it was the Polish not the British who were in a minority of one.

Future EU 08-03-2017

MEPs and mayors discuss strategies to fight populism

In the wake of Brexit and the rise of populism, EU lawmakers and municipal leaders gathered on Tuesday (7 March) to discuss potential strategies to defeat Euroscepticism.

Future EU 06-03-2017

Bulgarian MEP compares two-speed EU to apartheid

Bulgarian MEP Peter Kouroumbashev (S&D) has compared ideas for a two- or multi- speed EU, advocated by the European Commission, to apartheid, arguing that such projects would ultimately destroy the Union.

Global Europe 20-02-2017

Czech deputy PM: A ‘different’ migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.

Global Europe 14-02-2017

Farage disparages Muslim immigration, says Europeans agree

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage expressed anger at the European Union in a heated debate this morning (14 February). Farage stated that leaders are ignoring the true wishes of Europeans.

Future EU 14-02-2017

Visions of unity clash in ‘future of EU’ debate

Lawmakers clashed today (14 February) as they sought to brush out a vision for the 27-country bloc after Brexit, opening a breach between those wanting to maintain a united and integrated club and those who prefer moving towards a two or multi-speed Europe.

Future EU 14-02-2017

Verhofstadt accuses Brexiteers of destroying Churchill’s legacy, calls for ‘EU government’

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator has accused British eurosceptics of destroying Winston Churchill’s legacy by taking the UK out of the EU.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

EU party leaders team up to reject Trump ambassador

The three major “pro-European” groups in the European Parliament, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and the ALDE liberals, have taken the position that the EU should reject Ted R. Malloch as US ambassador to the EU.