About: Irish referendum

Future EU 05-10-2009

Analyst: ‘Let’s try to avoid post-referendum jubilation’

The European Union should avoid jubilation following the victory of the 'yes' camp in Ireland's referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) told EURACTIV in an interview. The resounding Irish 'yes', he said, should be understood as reflecting the desire of a small country to find allies during the economic recession.
Future EU 03-10-2009

Verhofstadt: ‘Change’ comes to Europe after Irish vote

The Czech and Polish presidents have little choice left but to complete their countries' ratification processes after the massive 'yes' vote in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland, according to Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament. He spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Future EU 01-10-2009

Czech EU minister: Prague must ratify Lisbon before year’s end

If the Lisbon Treaty ratification process in the Czech Republic is delayed beyond the end of the year, the country will lose its credibility in the EU for years to come, Czech European Affairs Minister Štefan Füle told EURACTIV.cz in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2009

Czech minister: ‘Time is tight, but we’ll deliver’

"We have climbed on board an express train, but we have no doubt about the train reaching the end of the line on time with a maximum number of goals achieved," Czech EU Affairs Minister Štefan Füle told EURACTIV.cz in an interview, referring to his country's stint at the EU helm.
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2009

Pat Cox: EU elections to decide future coalitions

The June European elections will decide what kind of stable majorities can be built in the next Parliament in order to win qualified majority votes, Pat Cox, former European Parliament president told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 12-02-2009

Ganley: Germany has ‘enormous potential’ for Libertas

"Germany has enormous potential" for anti-Lisbon Treaty party Libertas in this June's European elections, its controversial chairman Declan Ganley told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 06-01-2009

Scholar: EU political dimension ‘painfully lacking’

Europe lacks a "grand design" and must move on from utilitarian concerns by becoming an "ideological project" if it is to have a significant impact at global level, argues prominent author and historian Elie Barnavi in an interview with EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 27-11-2008

Mayor: Europe ‘needs simple language’

The negative referendum on the EU Constitution in 2005 was a lesson learned for Ivo Opstelten, mayor of Rotterdam, who launched a citizens' initiative to put what Europe is all about into simple language. He spoke to EURACTIV about the scheme.
EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2008

Irish MEP: Hold second Lisbon vote, with opt-outs

Irish centre-right MEP Colm Burke (EPP) recently became the first Irish politician to propose a specific 'roadmap' for holding a second Lisbon referendum in Ireland. Discussing this plan and other issues in an interview with EURACTIV, Burke called for a multi-question referendum to be held in October 2009, allowing Irish citizens to vote on possible opt-outs from the Lisbon Treaty while also constituting a second ballot on the text itself.
EU Priorities 2020 08-10-2008

Azelio Fulmini: This Commission could stay until Lisbon Treaty is ratified

The present European Commission, whose term ends in autumn 2009, should stay in office until the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, says Dr. Azelio Fulmini, an expert on the EU institutions and the legislative process.
Future EU 01-08-2008

Moïsi: ‘Czech President will not change his mind’ on EU Treaty

The eurosceptic Czech and Polish presidents will not complete the final stage of the treaty’s ratification following Ireland’s ‘no’ to the text and EU leaders should not count on the present French EU Presidency's efforts to save the Treaty, Dominique Moïsi, founder of the French Institute of International Affairs (IFRI) told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 24-07-2008

Jouyet: Irish to decide ‘if and when’ to hold second EU Treaty vote

Arranging a second popular vote on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland ahead of the European Parliament elections in June 2009 will be difficult, according to French State Secretary for EU Affairs Jean-Pierre Jouyet, speaking during an interview with EURACTIV France on the occasion of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Ireland on 21 July.
Future EU 09-07-2008

Referendum pro: There is collective remorse in Ireland

The Irish feel a sense of guilt in the aftermath of the Lisbon Treaty referendum, Quintin Oliver, a specialist in referenda who led the successful 'yes' campaign in the referendum on the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 02-07-2008

MEP: Irish government showed ‘sheer incompetence’ in communication

While the European institutions are trying to provide a good example in communicating with citizens, the main responsibility lies with national governments, who are failing in this task, Vice President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras told EURACTIV in an interview.
Med & South 26-06-2008

EU official: Russia ‘advantaged’ in negotiations over EU pact

Russia has an advantage over the EU by being able to speak with one voice, the Commission's chief negotiator for the future strategic partnership treaty between the Union and its largest neighbour, Eneko Landaburu, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 25-06-2008

Ambassador: Irish ‘no’ affects Polish ratification

Polish President Lech Kaczy?ski will complete the ratification procedure of the Lisbon Treaty only once there is no doubt that the text will indeed enter into force, Polish Permanent Representative to the EU Jan Tombi?ski told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Future EU 20-06-2008

Peter Ludlow: Merkel can lead the EU out of the crisis

The key figure to find a way out of the crisis following the failed Irish Lisbon Treaty referendum is Angela Merkel, the founding director of the Centre for European Policy Studies and the director of the European Strategy Forum, Peter Ludlow, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Future EU 05-06-2008

Sinn Féin: ‘There’s always a Plan B’

The argument that Ireland’s economy will suffer in case voters reject the Lisbon Treaty in next week’s referendum are a "bullying" tactic, says Eoin Ó'Broin, director of European Affairs at Sinn Féin. He spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 28-05-2008

Former Irish PM: ‘No’ vote would be ‘disastrous’

In a wide-ranging interview, former Irish Taoiseach and current think-tank president Garret Fitzgerald spoke to EURACTIV about the referendum campaign, the potential consequences of an Irish 'no' vote on the Lisbon Treaty and the advantages of the text for both Ireland and other small member states of the EU.