About: Jean-Claude Juncker

Future EU 07-09-2018

Ska Keller: Manfred Weber’s openness to the far right is ‘quite crazy’

In an exclusive interview, Ska Keller, co-chair of the Greens-EFA group, shared what she expects from next week's State of the Union speech and the vote on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 measures against Hungary, as well as weighing in on Manfred Weber's bid to lead the EPP into the EU elections.
Economy & Jobs 27-07-2018

Bullmann: ‘No victory for Juncker or Trump, but a breather’

German Socialist MEP Udo Bullmann praised the EU and US talks on trade relations. But in an interview with EURACTIV media partner Der Tagesspiegel, he also insisted that "we do not live in a command economy" and warned that the European Parliament will have to be involved with any future talks.
Future EU 21-06-2018

Victor Negrescu: The Romanian Presidency will build consensus around the citizens

In a wide-ranging interview, Victor Negrescu, the Romanian Minister Delegate for European Affairs, presents the priorities of the upcoming Romanian Presidency (1 January-30 June 2019), during which the European elections will be held, as well as the first post-Brexit EU summit.
EU Priorities 2020 20-11-2017

Bulgarian President: I may be a general, but I don’t like warlike rhetoric

In a wide-ranging interview, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, whose country takes over the EU's  rotating six-month Presidency in January, discussed European policies, the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency, and  his contradictions with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Development Policy 17-11-2017

EIB president: Europe needs a paradigm shift in development policy

The Juncker Plan has been a "miraculous instrument", and Europe now needs the same paradigm change in development policy. That means moving from social policy to economic development, and from grants to loans. The EU will play a huge role in that shift, Werner Hoyer told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Juncker is ‘sincerely in favour of social Europe’

Jean-Claude Juncker deserves credit for making social issues a priority for the European Commission, Socialist MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Herman Van Rompuy
Future EU 20-09-2017

Van Rompuy: Juncker’s single EU president idea ‘cannot deliver’

A week after the landmark State of the Union speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the first president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told EURACTIV.com that merging the two functions at the EU helm could run into legal and political obstacles.
Central Europe 31-03-2017

Topolánek: Europe shouldn’t follow German dreams

It's better to depend on Germany than on Russia. Still, if the future of European leadership is either Merkel or Schulz, it’s a choice between a bad and worse, Mirek Topolánek told EURACTIV Poland.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2017

Tax campaigner: No one noticed LuxLeaks in Central and Eastern Europe

The LuxLeaks and Panama Papers scandals got hardly any attention in Central and Eastern European countries, Ondřej Kopečný told EURACTIV.com. The tax campaigner called on Brussels to push for greater awareness of the dangers of tax evasion in the region.
Future EU 09-03-2017

Maltese opposition leader: Further EU integration should not be blocked

If there are countries that want to proceed forward with further integration, no one should block them from doing so, Malta's opposition leader told EURACTIV.com.
Freedom of thought 27-02-2017

Asselborn: Poland would not be allowed into the EU now

Poland would fail to join the European Union if it were to apply again and messing up the Brexit negotiations could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel.
Global Europe 30-01-2017

Bulgaria’s Radev: ‘I fear EU will remain hostage of sanctions war against Russia’

EXCLUSIVE / "Bulgaria’s choice of the EU and NATO is strategic and should not be called into question," the country's new President, Rumen Radev, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview as he arrives in Brussels today (30 January) for his first visit abroad.
Global Europe 17-11-2016

EU Syria aid manager: ‘We started two years too late’

The manager of the EU’s Trust Fund for Syria, Nadim Karkutli, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview at this year’s AidEx conference that the fund – helping the five million refugees in neighbouring countries – probably should have started in 2012.
Euro & Finance 07-11-2016

Frans Timmermans: ‘The European project can fail’

Frans Timmermans said Europe’s social contract is broken; social mobility is a thing of the past and we have let our young citizens down. He believes urgent action must be taken to save the European Union. An interview by EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Russian ambassador: EU should realise its real friend is Moscow

Russia has had good bilateral contacts in recent months with a number of EU member states, the interruption in relations is taking place only at the level of the EU itself, the Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizov told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Lamy: Declustering policies will alleviate tensions with the EU’s neighbours

Changing geopolitics in Europe’s neighbourhood, to the east and in the south, call for a further declustering of a number of policies, going beyond bilateral trade agreements and security measures, Pascal Lamy, former Commissioner and WTO chief told EURACTIV.com.

European NGO chief: To fight fear and populism, start with social programmes

Ambitious social programmes, which benefit everybody, undermine populism and combat fears, said Conny Reuter, the Secretary General of SOLIDAR in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Rebecca Harms: ‘Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered’

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Ifo economist: ‘China may not become a market economy in our lifetime’

Critics warn that granting Market Economy Status to China would threaten millions of European jobs. This is an exaggerated view, Erdal Yalcin told EURACTIV Germany.

Rodrigues: Brexit blame game will throw Europe into chaos

If some big member states now try to take advantage of the UK referendum and put all the blame on ‘Brussels’, Europe will descend into chaos and none of our big problems will be solved, said Maria João Rodrigues in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Brexit 24-06-2016

EPP vice-chair: ‘We have to be firm with the UK – no rotating presidency’

France should renegotiate the UK's Calais border deal, and Britain should miss out on the revolving Council presidency in late 2017, says Françoise Grossetête. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 31-05-2016

Giegold: ‘Many member states avoid European transparency like the plague’

EXCLUSIVE / Back in 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker prioritised transparency as a crucial point of his Commission's mandate. EURACTIV Germany spoke with Sven Giegold about the future of transparency in the institutions.
EU Priorities 2020 11-05-2016

Wieland: ‘Spitzenkandidat genie is well and truly out of the bottle’

In November 2015, the European Parliament supported a reform to the EU electoral law that is intended to make the European elections more attractive. EURACTIV Germany spoke to one of the legislature's vice-presidents about it.
Brexit 02-05-2016

Geoffrey Harris: A European career between two UK referendums

Geoffrey Harris, an old hand in the European Parliament, started his career just after the European Communities membership referendum, and will retire days before the Brexit referendum. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells of people and events that made EU history.