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

    Future EU 05-10-2009

    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.

  • Verhofstadt: ‘Change’ comes to Europe after Irish vote

    Future EU 03-10-2009

    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.

  • Irish MEP: ‘Sport can bring EU closer to citizens’

    Sports 02-10-2009

    The European Commission should use its upcoming sports competence to bring the EU closer to citizens by sports club twinning, cross-border exchange of minority sports and establishing an Erasmus programme for exchange of sportspeople, Irish MEP Seán Kelly told EURACTIV in an interview.

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

    Future EU 01-10-2009

    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.

  • Tory MEP: Lisbon ratification can wait

    Future EU 16-09-2009

    The conservative group hopes that Czech President Václav Klaus and his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski won't sign their Lisbon Treaty ratifications, preventing the EU's reform treaty from entering into force until the UK Tories have come into power next spring, Geoffrey van Orden, a leading conservative MEP, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Minister: Sweden to push for ‘more focused’ Lisbon Strategy at EU helm

    EU Priorities 2020 29-06-2009

    A "new, more focused and more efficient" Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs is expected to be adopted during the Spanish EU Presidency in spring 2010, but "preparing and setting the framework" for this strategy will be an important task of the incoming Swedish Presidency, EU Affairs Minister Cecilia Malmström told EURACTIV in an interview.

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

    EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2009

    "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.

  • Pat Cox: EU elections to decide future coalitions

    EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2009

    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.

  • Busek: Western Balkans should join EU as a block

    Future EU 17-04-2009

    To prevent infighting between neighbours, the Western Balkan countries could join the EU more easily as a bloc, Erhard Busek, special enlargement advisor to the Czech EU Presidency, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Pirinski: The European left needs a more powerful message

    EU Priorities 2020 31-03-2009

    The parties of the European left have not yet been able to rise to the challenge of the world economic crisis, Georgi Pirinski, chairman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Analyst: Czech president is under Russian influence

    Med & South 25-03-2009

    Many people in the Czech Republic consider their Eurosceptic president Václav Klaus to be influenced by Moscow, Lukas Pachta, a political analyst at Europeum, an EU policy think-tank in Prague, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • UEN leader: ‘Nothing is decided yet’ on Fianna Fáil’s move to Liberals

    EU Priorities 2020 09-03-2009

    Aligning his party's four MEPs to the European Liberals could weaken their ability to "deliver policy at a European level," Brian Crowley, leader in the European Parliament of both the Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) group and the Irish Fianna Fáil delegation, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Ganley: Germany has ‘enormous potential’ for Libertas

    EU Priorities 2020 12-02-2009

    "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.

  • Hristov: ‘I’ve never had contact with Libertas’

    Future EU 05-02-2009

    Mincho Hristov, a Bulgarian MP who was listed as a member of the Libertas anti-Lisbon campaign group in an application to win pan-European party status, denied the affiliation in an interview with EURACTIV yesterday (4 February).

  • Social Platform: EU has ‘failed’ to connect with citizens

    Social Europe & Jobs 22-01-2009

    Recent EU initiatives to connect with citizens "probably failed", but recent calls from the European Parliament for a structured dialogue between the EU institutions and civil society are "a very positive sign," Social Platform President Conny Reuter told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Mayor: Europe ‘needs simple language’

    Public Affairs 27-11-2008

    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.

  • ALDE chief: European Parliament needs ‘ideological coalition’

    EU Priorities 2020 06-11-2008

    An "ideological coalition", holding a majority in the European Parliament, should be formed after the EU elections in June 2009 to push forward a substantial package on the economy, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) leader Graham Watson told EURACTIV in an interview.

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

    EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2008

    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.

  • Jouyet: ‘We must find a timetable for Ireland by December’

    Future EU 17-10-2008

    Halfway through his country's EU presidency, French State Secretary for EU Affairs Jean-Pierre Jouyet revealed to Euractiv France his desire to see the Treaty of Lisbon ratified by Ireland as soon as possible. He also underlined the urgency of reaching a European agreement on climate change given the upcoming international negotiations in 2009.

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

    EU Priorities 2020 08-10-2008

    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.

  • Joschka Fischer: Europe needs an avant-garde

    Med & South 08-10-2008

    The Georgian crisis and the current financial crisis show that the EU needs an avant-garde capable of reacting because the alternative would be "to do nothing," former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Scholar: Czech Presidency to push for removal of labour restrictions

    Med & South 12-09-2008

    The motto of the Czech EU Presidency, starting in January 2009, will be 'Europe without barriers', with the removal of labour market restrictions on newer member states among its top priorities, David Král, director of the EU policy programme at the Europeum Institute for European Policy in Prague, told EURACTIV in an interview.

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

    Future EU 01-08-2008

    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.

  • Referendum pro: There is collective remorse in Ireland

    Future EU 09-07-2008

    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.