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03.06.2014

Merkel says Juncker can be approved with ‘qualified majority’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday (2 June) she was pressing fellow EU leaders to back Jean-Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president, but also noted it could be pushed through without the backing...more »


02.06.2014

Hollande’s taxes blamed for France’s failure on Commission debt targets

France will miss its European Commission debt targets this year and in 2015 because it failed to curb spending on healthcare and pensions and increased corporate taxes, which stalled growth and jobs, the EU’s executive said today...more »


02.06.2014

Spanish monarch relinquishes throne

Spain's King Juan Carlos said on Monday he would abdicate in favor of his more popular son Prince Felipe, in an apparent bid to revive the scandal-hit monarchy at a time of economic hardship and growing discontent with the wider...more »


02.06.2014

Experts debate: What direction should European energy policy take?

What should European energy policy be? A recent event in Berlin featured a debate over greater integration in European energy policy, Germany's Energiewende (energy transition) and what should occur regarding energy policy in the...more »


02.06.2014

Mr Obama goes to Warsaw, then Brussels

Before arriving in Brussels for the G7 meeting this Wednesday (4 June), US President Barack Obama will visit Warsaw on Tuesday. Poland and its neighbors are looking for concrete assurances that NATO will protect it against from...more »


02.06.2014

EU tables proposals to tackle ‘intertwined’ challenges of Europe, developing world

The European Commission presented Monday proposals for tackling the “intertwined challenges of eliminating poverty” on Monday, (2 June) “ensuring progress is sustainable”, in the EU's contribution to the post-2015 UN Sustainable...more »


02.06.2014

How do we face extremists in the EU Parliament?

The recent elections witnessed the rise of Eurosceptic, anti-EU, anti-immigrant, populist, reactionary and even neo-Nazi parties in several EU member states. Their MEPs will have to respect the fundamental values of the EU, but...more »


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