About: treaty change

Enlargement 21-01-2020

Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

The Visegrad countries will need some time to close the ditches they have dug in recent years, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told EURACTIV.cz in an interview. He also voiced doubts about the need for a reform of EU membership negotiations, demanded by France, saying the process is already reversible at any stage.
Brexit 01-06-2017

Soros: Britain could reunite with the EU before the divorce is completed

Investor and philanthropist George Soros said today (1 June) that the EU should use Brexit as a “catalyst for introducing far reaching reforms”, transforming itself into an organisation that Britain would like to rejoin before the divorce is completed.

Merkel given warm Warsaw welcome, cautions Poles on treaty change hopes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed yesterday (7 February) to win promises of closer cooperation from Poland's Eurosceptic leaders, during a visit to Warsaw to discuss reforms essential for the EU to tackle mounting divisions over its future role.
Euro & Finance 18-11-2016

Schäuble praises progress made by Spain, takes aim at Moscovici

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has praised Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for the "great progress" he has made in structural reforms and refuted EU claims that Germany should be spending more to stimulate growth. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Future EU 04-07-2016

Pleas for pragmatism as EU charts post-Brexit future

Senior European political figures appealed Sunday (3 July) for the EU to set aside lofty debate as it struggles with Brexit-style populism, and instead to focus on measures which clearly benefit citizens.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Juncker: We are not at war with Slovakia, we are friends

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sought to downplay the impression that tensions are building as a result of the push of member states, under the leadership of the Slovak presidency which started today (1 July), to repatriate powers at the expense of the Union’s institutions.
Future EU 22-06-2016

Sarkozy calls for ‘new European treaty’ after Brexit vote

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy called Tuesday (21 June) for Paris and Berlin to make a joint push for "a new European treaty" following Britain's vote on whether to leave the bloc.
Nicolas Sarkozy
Brexit 16-06-2016

Brexit stirs up Euroscepticism in the French right

Nominally a supporter of the European project, Nicolas Sarkozy's Republican party has made increasingly frequent attacks on the European Commission, which it accuses of "pushing out the UK and letting Turkey in". EURACTIV France 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.
Future EU 17-02-2016

EU hopes legal gymnastics will avoid Brexit

The draft text granting further concessions in the United Kingdom will not be a classic European Council decision, but an international agreement. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 02-02-2016

EU ‘Brexit’ deal fails to deliver on migrants’ benefits, treaty change

A draft deal to secure the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union has failed to deliver British demands for a total ban of four years on EU migrants claiming in-work benefits and for the bloc’s treaties to be rewritten.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2015

Change EU treaty so countries can leave the eurozone

Altering the eurozone treaty to allow states to leave or be expelled will help guarantee the future stability of the EMU, argues Thomas Schuster.
Brexit 24-06-2015

Cameron to serve up renegotiation demands at Council dinner

British Prime Minister David Cameron will present his counterparts with a list of demands for the UK’s European Union membership renegotiation at the European Council dinner on Thursday. EURACTIV France reports
Brexit 16-03-2015

Tusk calls Cameron’s EU reform plans ‘mission impossible’

European Council President Donald Tusk warned yesterday (15 March) that British Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to amend the bloc's treaties to secure a new deal for Britain in Europe were virtually "mission impossible".
Central Europe 13-02-2015

Juncker sparks debate about a core eurozone union

At the EU summit Thursday (12 February) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented ideas for a core eurozone union, a concept viewed with apprehension from numerous quarters.
Brexit 21-01-2015

Hammond: ‘Everybody fears the consequences of Britain leaving the EU’

Britain's foreign secretary said on Tuesday (20 January) he was confident of negotiating a "substantial" package of reforms in the European Union after visiting capitals across the region and being told by EU members that they want Britain to stay in the bloc.
EU Priorities 2020 22-09-2014

Germany: ‘We have no interest in humiliating the French’

Germany and France will try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe's economy today (22 September) when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela Merkel.
Future EU 25-06-2013

Dutch ‘subsidiarity review’ strikes a chord with UK euro critics

The British government hailed yesterday (24 June) a move by the Netherlands to initiate a process in the EU aimed at slashing the number of areas covered by common EU policy and legislation. The European Commission said it would follow the debate and figure out what conclusions to draw from it.
EU Priorities 2020 13-12-2012

Don’t expect ‘big bang summit’, EU diplomats say

European leaders will seek to agree on a “deep and genuine European monetary union” during a two-day summit that begins today (13 December), but diplomats say it should not be seen as a “big bang” event.
Future EU 18-10-2012

‘Exploratory summit’ to shape eurozone’s future

The two-day EU summit that begins today (18 October) will be an exploratory one, according to diplomats in Brussels who say EU leaders will be seeking “the lower common denominators” for shaping the economic and monetary union. 
EU Priorities 2020 17-10-2012

Delors disciples request leaders to draw vision for the future

It is high time that EU leaders drew a vision for the future of the Union, several pundits argued yesterday (16 October), as they urged heads of state and government meeting in Brussels to clearly spell out which direction the 27-countries bloc is going before the end of the year.
Future EU 05-09-2012

Barroso aligns with Merkel in push for treaty change

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel in believing that the eurozone crisis could not be overcome without a treaty change to transfer national competences - such as budgets - to European institutions.
Future EU 18-05-2012

Germany’s Schäuble calls for directly-elected EU president

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble used his acceptance speech when awarded the Charlemagne Prize to detail his future vision of the European Union, arguing for a directly-elected Commission president.
Brexit 12-01-2012

Tories claim victory as new treaty draft leaked

UK Conservatives have welcomed "clear concessions to Britain" which were included in the latest draft of the European fiscal pact, leaked to the press yesterday (11 January). The European Parliament meanwhile rejected the new treaty draft, saying it undermines the EU institutions.