About: Sir Michael Leigh

Central Europe 14-12-2015

Bokova: There was opposition in Bulgaria against membership application

Twenty years ago, on 15 December 1995, Bulgaria presented its EU membership application, ending months of uncertainty over its geopolitical aspirations. On the occasion of this anniversary, EURACTIV spoke to several political figures from that period.

Bulgaria and Romania twenty years later

Twenty years after Bulgaria and Romania applied for membership in 1995, and almost a decade after their 2007 accession, their people still feel like second class EU citizens, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Med & South 18-11-2015

EU urgently needs new neighbourhood policies

There will never be a common foreign and security policy worthy of the name unless the EU manages to redefine its neighbourhood policies, writes Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 20-10-2015

Minor compromises to obtain Turkey’s cooperation are a price worth paying

There has been no general sacrifice of principle to get Turkey on board with the EU's refugee action plan, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 08-07-2015

Washington calls for flexibility on Greece

EU leaders should abandon dogma and act as statesmen, because much would be lost for the Greek people, the EU, and the United States if Greece becomes a failed state, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Brexit 21-01-2015

The EU was made in Britain

The United Kingdom is largely responsible for the EU’s predominantly liberal ethos and present geopolitical dimensions, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
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