Former Polish President Lech Wa??sa is going to Ireland this week to support the 'yes' campaign for the Lisbon Treaty ahead of the 2 October referendum, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) announced on Friday.
Support for the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland dropped by eight points over the summer, the latest poll revealed. The slippage is reminiscent of similar trends in the country before the debacle of the first Lisbon referendum in June last year, and the one on the Nice Treaty before that, the Irish press writes today (4 September).
Provided that the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by then, the 29-30 October European summit in Brussels will discuss nominations to all EU top jobs, including a high-profile permanent EU president and foreign policy czar, the Swedish EU Presidency said yesterday (1 September).
Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Liberals, has suggested three scenarios for the election of the next Commission president, one of which sees the European Parliament rejecting José Manuel Barroso's candidacy, EURACTIV has learned.
Business lobbies large and small will ramp up their campaigns for an Irish 'yes' vote in the October referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, but left-wing critics say this might prove that the text is a pro-business charter.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, who faces an uphill battle to be re-elected in the post, said yesterday (25 August) that he will next week send his programme for the next five years at the EU executive's helm to the political groups in the European Parliament.
The Irish government yesterday (8 July) announced it would hold the second Lisbon Treaty referendum on 2 October, confirming early information broken by EURACTIV last month. Meanwhile, proponents of the treaty in both Ireland and Brussels are pledging to fight for a 'yes' vote.
As EU leaders anxiously await the second Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty this autumn, Irish Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said out loud what most had only admitted in private: the treaty would have been rejected in most countries had they followed Ireland's example and held a referendum on it.
Too much is at stake, but too little depends on EU heads of state and government, who are meeting today and tomorrow (18-19 June) in Brussels to lay the groundwork for the Lisbon Treaty's enforcement by the end of the year and to choose the European Commission's president for the next five years, diplomats told EURACTIV.
Ireland's prime minister, Brian Cowen, has been in contact with several EU leaders over the last few days in an effort to bring the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty forward to September rather than October, according to reports in the Irish press.
Ireland is confident a European summit next week will agree on legal guarantees that will enable it to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty this year, Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said on 11 June.
José Manuel Barroso must commit to a Europe that protects its citizens before receiving France and Germany's blessing for a second mandate at the helm of the European Commission, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said after meeting with Angela Merkel in Paris.
"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.
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.
The mood is changing in Ireland ahead of the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Pat Cox, the only Irishman to have led the European Parliament (2002-2004), told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive interview.
The Irish-born Libertas movement, which was instrumental in obtaining a 'no' vote in the June 2008 Lisbon Treaty referendum in Ireland, acquired pan-European party status yesterday (2 February), opening the door for the party to receive EU funding.
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.