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Euro & Finance 11-07-2016

Joschka Fischer: Stabilise the eurozone to defuse ‘hurricane’ Brexit

The EU will survive the Brexit storm, but it should stabilise the eurozone, said former German foreign minister and Vice-Chancellor Joschka Fischer in an interview with EURACTIV.com, adding that France and Germany should lead the change.
Brexit 05-07-2016

Van Rompuy: Britain will suffer the most

The British have voted against their own interest, Herman Van Rompuy told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview, contending that the UK's isolationist mentality cut off its emotional link to Europe. The EU can go further without Britain on security, defence and foreign policy, he said.
Development Policy 10-09-2015

Van Rompuy: ‘EU leaders only take bold decisions when they have a knife against their throats’

EXCLUSIVE / In a candid interview with EURACTIV, the former President of the European Council said the EU takes the boldest decisions only in crisis situations, "when we have our backs against the wall and are staring at the abyss with a knife against our throats".
Brexit 31-08-2015

Bettel: EU, Russia play a lose-lose game on Ukraine

EXCLUSIVE / In the wake of repeated international calls for a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine, Europe and Russia must abide by the Minsk accord, Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Brexit 31-08-2015

Bettel: What is best for the UK is not always best for the EU

In a candid interview with EURACTIV, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel says he is not prepared to give anything to the UK, even though he agrees with David Cameron that we need a more efficient EU.
Digital & Media 27-04-2015

Latvian PM: If Russia attacks NATO, the treaty will be enforced

Ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit in May, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, warned that if necessary, Article 5 of the NATO treaty will be enforced. We will not go back to the Soviet Union, she told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 19-12-2012

Grybauskaite: EU leaders ‘mentally ready’ for budget deal

EU leaders agreed at a summit last week to finalise negotiations for the EU long-term budget next spring, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait?, a former EU budget commissioner, said in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 19-12-2012

EU budget to be agreed in the spring, says Lithuanian president

European leaders have moved closer to an agreement on the EU's long-term budget and should clinch a deal in the spring, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

Robinson: Women need to mobilise for transformative change

Full gender equality will not be achieved unless there is a true mobilisation to correct imbalances, said former Irish President Mary Robinson in an interview with EURACTIV.
Future EU 24-01-2011

Buzek: Cost of non-Europe is greater than cost of Europe

Freezing the European Union's budget as demanded by some countries would be "very dangerous" as the EU needs greater investments to overcome the economic crisis, said European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.