About: Referendum

Brexit 10-08-2018

UK voters should make final Brexit decision if talks with EU collapse -poll

If Brexit talks break down without a deal, half of Britons believe the final decision over whether to leave the European Union should be taken by the public in a referendum, according to a survey.
Europe's East 27-07-2018

Russia tests the waters for Donbas referendum

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Thursday (26 July) that the question of holding a referendum in eastern Ukraine was touched upon at a meeting of representatives of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in Berlin, the RIA news agency reported.
Enlargement 18-07-2018

EU begins screening Macedonia, Albania for mid-2019 accession talks

The European Union began screening the readiness of Balkan neighbours Macedonia and Albania yesterday (17 July) to start negotiations by June next year on joining the EU.
Politics 23-10-2017

Northern Italy referendum: Regions seek greater autonomy

Two wealthy northern regions in Italy voted on Sunday (22 October) in favour of having increased independence from Rome, in a non-binding referendum that set the stage for negotiations on more autonomy with the central government.
Elections 23-10-2017

Italian regions vote in favour of autonomy in shadow of Catalonia crisis

Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly yesterday (22 October) for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.
Global Europe 20-09-2017

At UN, Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum, warns of ‘consequences’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (19 September) demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.
Global Europe 15-09-2017

Iraq, Turkey step up pressure over Kurdish independence vote

Iraq and Turkey yesterday (14 September) stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum, as the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk province that decided to take part in the vote was sacked.
Economy & Jobs 31-05-2017

Italy’s central bank warns against euro exit as election nears

Italy's central bank warned today (31 May) that leaving the eurozone would not solve the country's economic problems, as two major parties campaign to drop the common currency before an election that may come as soon as this autumn.
Elections 21-04-2017

Juncker trusts EU could survive ‘President Le Pen’

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sees no need for “contingency planning” regarding the French presidential election, as the EU is strong enough to survive even if the Eurosceptic candidate wins, his spokesperson said today (21 April).
Brexit 29-03-2017

‘We know we will lose influence’ May tells MPs as she triggers Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted today the UK would both lose influence and not be able to ‘cherry pick’ the advantages of EU membership, as she briefed MPs in London on the two years of unprecedented negotiations with Brussels ahead.
Brexit 20-03-2017

May to trigger Article 50 on 29 March

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on 29 March, her office announced today (20 March), starting two-years of unprecedented negotiations for a country to leave the 28-member bloc for the first time.
Brexit 17-01-2017

May unveils UK government’s ’12 point plan’ for Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May declared the start of two years of Brexit negotiations today (17 January) with a landmark speech setting out the UK’s 12 priorities, including leaving the single market, a new negotiation on the EU customs union and a parliament vote on any final deal.
Enlargement 16-12-2016

Ukraine urges Dutch to sign EU deal

Ukraine on Friday (16 February) urged the Netherlands to ratify the EU's historic association pact with Kyiv soon, after the bloc struck a compromise deal following its rejection by Dutch voters.
Global Europe 31-10-2016

The Brief: Commission in credibility crisis over Oettinger and Barroso

The European Commission is facing a credibility crisis. If it is not addressed soon, it risks confirming the worst prejudices held about EU officialdom - that it is arrogant, elitist and out of touch.

Timmermans dashes Danish hopes for ‘parallel deal’ on Europol

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans told Denmark's leaders yesterday (27 September) that they would not get the cross-border policing deal they have been seeking since Danes voted in a referendum to quit Europol.
Azerbaijan 28-09-2016

Aliyev says Azerbaijan stronger after referendum

The President of Azerbaijan said his country has never been stronger, more free and independent, in a speech following a referendum on constitutional reform held on Monday (26 September) and backed by over 91% of the population.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

Commission deplores Swiss canton referendum

The Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino voted decisively yesterday (25 September) in favour of tougher controls on foreign workers. The European Commission deplored this development, which arrives at a time when a solution is sought to keep alive the EU-Switzerland Free Movement of Persons agreement.
Azerbaijan 26-09-2016

Azerbaijan referendum to give more powers to Aliyev

Azerbaijanis went to the polls today (26 September) in a controversial referendum on handing extra powers to long-serving President Ilham Aliyev, with opposition and human rights groups criticising the proposed constitutional changes as undemocratic.
Enlargement 26-09-2016

Bosnian Serbs vote to keep ‘national holiday’ in controversial referendum

Bosnian Serbs yesterday (25 September) voted overwhelmingly to keep their national holiday in a referendum held despite ethnically divided Bosnia's highest court ruling it illegal.

Universal basic income debate gains traction in the EU

Against the backdrop of the “fundamental transformation of the world of work”, Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen is paying close attention to “free money” experiments ahead of a discussion next year with member states on how to improve social policies.

Hungarian satirists mock Orbán anti-migrant campaign ahead of referendum

Hungarian satirists are lampooning anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government, less than a month before a referendum is expected to reject the EU's troubled mandatory migrant relocation scheme.
Elections 06-09-2016

Italy’s Five Star party falters in Rome, hitting national popularity

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) is in disarray following a disastrous start to its rule in Rome city hall, potentially denting its chances of winning power at a national level.
Development Policy 19-08-2016

UK aid minister promises to keep 0.7% target post-Brexit

The UK’s new aid minister has promised to keep the country’s aid target of 0.7% of GDP, despite herself once campaigning for the Department for International Development (DfID) to be shut down.
Global Europe 27-07-2016

Thailand’s referendum on constitution ‘could be delayed’

EXCLUSIVE / Thailand’s make-or-break referendum next month on a new constitution could be postponed, one of the men in charge of drafting it has admitted.