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Future EU 08-11-2016

Spanish philosopher: ‘We have lost the idea of Europe’

Philosopher José Antonio Marina told EURACTIV Spain that the idea of Europe has been lost and called on the EU to undertake a period of “quiet” reflection in order to relaunch a project imbued with “intellectual, political and economic vigour”.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would ‘fan the flames of populism’

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Future EU 18-07-2016

Kaufmann: Brexit means EU ‘has a mountain to climb ahead of it’

A debate about the future development of the EU has raged across the continent since the UK's Brexit vote. While many believe this is the beginning of the end, others, like Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann MEP, see it as an opportunity to start afresh. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 16-03-2016

Elmar Brok: ‘The idea that the EU will not advance any further is false’

EU treaty changes are laborious and come with a great deal of uncertainty. As a result, the European Parliament is assessing an own-initiative report that intends to assess what reforms of the functioning of the EU are possible without treaty changes. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Priorities 2020 11-02-2015

Monti: Time to limit chaos in EU budget negotiations

EU leaders should avoid horse trading over the budget. Such chaotic negotiating damages the image of the European Union, said Mario Monti, in an interview with EURACTIV Italy.
Elections 11-09-2013

Think tanks: EU elections could get ‘pretty ugly’

The European Parliament launched its information campaign for the May 2014 elections with a promise that "this time, it’s different". EURACTIV  asked four of the continent's blue-sky thinkers whether it really is, and whether falling voter turnouts could be reversed if so.
Future EU 30-11-2011

Gross: Citizens’ initiative is a ‘weak’ democratic tool

The European citizens' initiative, one of the main innovations of the Lisbon Treaty to engage the citizens of Europe, is too weak to bridge the democratic gap as it preserves the the legislative monopoly of the European Commission, Switzerland’s leading expert on direct democracy said in an interview with EURACTIV.
Future EU 17-06-2011

Finnish president: ‘We’ve overestimated the Lisbon Treaty’

The EU has overestimated the importance of the Lisbon Treaty and the international community is still wondering who speaks for the European Union on the international stage, Finnish President Tarja Halonen said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 18-03-2011

PA boss: New EU landscape requires ‘professional’ business groups

Businesses require "much more professionalism" and "swifter answers" from their industry associations to deal with the complexity of today's EU institutional landscape, Alain Beaumont, founder of AGEP Association Management, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Elections 06-10-2010

Duff: Look to transnational list for Barroso’s successor

Anti-federalists loathe the idea of introducing a transnational list of 25 MEPs in the next European Parliament, because they fear one of them would gain the legitimacy to claim to become the next Commission President, MEP Andrew Duff told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 04-10-2010

MEP: European Parliament needs to be hub for national MPs

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which grants national parliaments a bigger role in EU policymaking, MEPs are set to strengthen the cooperation between national and European members of Parliament by intensifying work among policy committees, said European Parliament vice-president Silvana Koch-Mehrin in an interview with EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 10-05-2010

Šef?ovi?: EEAS to reach ‘balanced’ representation by 2013

The European External Action Service (EEAS) plans to achieve an inter-institutional balance by filling member states' quotas by 2013, Maroš Šef?ovi?, European Commission vice-president responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 13-04-2010

Almeida: ‘EEAS will take on board the best and the brightest’

What EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's team wants is the possibility to recruit the best civil servants from the European Commission, the Council and national diplomatic services, João Vale de Almeida, director-general for external relations at the European Commission, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 17-02-2010

Professor: Enlarged EU is ‘slower’

The enlarged EU is slower at making decisions and it remains to be seen whether the Lisbon Treaty will improve matters, Dr. Timothy Haughton, senior lecturer on Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Public Affairs 18-12-2009

PA head: Ashton walks ‘a very tight uphill rope’

The respect that leaders harbour for the European Union's new foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will be key to her success in the role, Jacques Lafitte, partner and founder of Brussels-based consultants Avisa Partners, told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that if she is rebuked by her contemporaries on high-profile issues then she will be too afraid of making mistakes to act decisively. 
Languages & Culture 15-12-2009

Lawmaker: EU held back by ‘trivial’ communications

"A common platitude is to state that EU elites are pro-European while the citizens aren't," argues French MEP Sylvie Goulard, who recently won a prize for her book, 'Europe for dummies'. In an interview with EURACTIV, she explains that the opposite tends to be true, with opinion leaders more preoccupied with "trivial" matters than citizens.
EU Priorities 2020 08-12-2009

Analyst: Spanish EU Presidency agenda ‘rather unfocused’

The agenda of the Spanish EU Presidency has set itself far too many objectives in too many areas, appearing ambitious but also 'rather unfocused', Carlos Buhigas Schubert, an independent analyst and consultant on European affairs, told EURACTIV Germany.
EU Priorities 2020 03-12-2009

Delors: I could be more critical of the Lisbon Treaty

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, former European Commission President Jacques Delors explained that there are parts of the Lisbon Treaty which he disagrees with or is less than favourable towards. 
Public Affairs 03-12-2009

PA chief: Scope for top-job ‘turf struggles’ under Lisbon

The Lisbon Treaty leaves scope for 'turf struggles' to take place over the division of power between the new EU president and High Representative for Foreign Affairs but this is less likely given the personalities currently in place, Georg Danell, managing partner at the Brussels office of public affairs firm Kreab Gavin Anderson, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 03-12-2009

PA director: National parliaments must ‘work hard’ under Lisbon

National parliaments will need to work hard to get to grips with EU legislative proposals quickly and join forces with their counterparts elsewhere in the EU if they are to make the most of the additional scrutiny powers granted to them under the Lisbon Treaty, Caroline Wunnerlich, managing director of Fleishman-Hillard Europe, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Public Affairs 03-12-2009

Consultant: ‘Top job’ roles to be defined by personalities

The division of power between the new EU president and High Representative for Foreign Affairs "will be defined by their personalities," Julia Harrison, managing partner at public affairs consultancy Blueprint Partners, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 03-12-2009

PR boss: Parliament to become ‘more vocal’ under Lisbon

The European Parliament will become "significantly more vocal" in expressing its position on EU policy issues under the Treaty of Lisbon, George Ellis Ruano, founder of Brussels-based PR firm Gellis Communications, told EURACTIV in an interview, helping "to ensure that decisions are taken as close to the citizen as possible".  
Public Affairs 01-12-2009

PA boss: Lisbon to make EU ‘real entity on global stage’

Today's entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty should help the European Union to become "a real entity on the global stage," Elaine Cruikshanks, CEO of the Brussels arm of public affairs firm Hill & Knowlton, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 18-11-2009

Expert: EU-US relations ripe for Lisbon Treaty upgrade

The Lisbon Treaty provides the EU with an opportunity to push US President Barack Obama to "upgrade" the transatlantic relationship, though the US would prefer high-profile figures in the new EU 'top jobs', according to Transatlantic Center Director Ron Asmus.