The ratification of the Paris deal on slashing greenhouse gas emissions by the USA and China has caught the EU by surprise. In a stunt never seen before, EU countries will make efforts to pass the deal through national parliaments by 7 October.
The Netherlands was the last eurozone state to endorse a third bailout for Greece Wednesday (19 August), as both the cabinet and parliament approved the package after a bruising debate. This means that Athens can receive the first installment as early as today.
The German and Dutch parliaments are the last to vote on the €86 billion Greek bailout today (19 August). The Dutch government is likely to face a possible no confidence vote, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is expected to face a rebellion.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attacked radical members of his own party who oppose the deal for a third bailout, making it clear that a return to the drachma is not in the cards. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Even if European governments agree to a comprehensive package for Greece at the extraordinary EU summit on Sunday (12 July), the bailout still has to be ratified by the German Bundestag as well as by the parliaments of Finland, Slovenia and Estonia.
The European Commission today (14 August) downplayed any risk of a substantial delay in Germany’s final approval of the eurozone's permanent bailout fund despite efforts to postpone a ruling on its legality.
European Union leaders have agreed to create a permanent financial safety net from 2013 and the European Central Bank moved to increase its firepower to fight the debt crisis that has rocked the euro zone.
A businessman's last-ditch effort to stop the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty has failed after the country's president, Horst Köhler, signed the additional reforms needed to finalise the ratification process. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The Czech Republic is pushing for a clear decision on the next Commission president at the EU summit in June, Czech EU Affairs Minister Štefan Füle told EURACTIV.cz in an interview, stressing that his government would "not deviate" from the previous government's intention to support incumbent José Manuel Barroso.
As latest polls reveal the anti-Lisbon Treaty camp in Ireland have taken the lead, the superstitious date of Friday 13 June 2008, when the results of the referendum will be officially announced, could see Europe thrown into an existential crisis.
The ratification process for the new Treaty gained momentum yesterday (24 April) as the Danish and Austrian parliaments approved the text, which also easily passed Germany's lower House. The votes in Vienna and Copenhagen mean the Treaty has now been adopted in 11 out of 27 countries.
MPs in the UK have rejected a proposal put forward by the opposition Conservatives to hold a popular referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon, paving the way for the text to be ratified via parliamentary vote.
Romania has ratified the Treaty of Lisbon by parliamentary vote after a huge majority of MPs approved the text yesterday (4 February). Meanwhile, France's parliament approved a constitutional amendment necessary to begin the ratification process of the treaty itself.
Slovakia's parliament is scheduled to vote on the Treaty of Lisbon on Thursday (February 7) after ratification was postponed for the second time last week in the wake of opposition protests over a media bill introduced by the ruling coalition. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Julia De Clerck-Sachsse, from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), offers advice on steps the Finnish presidency could take to move Europe forward despite some unclear conclusions from the June European Council.