Tag: European Union

Merkel, Macron pledge to lead EU forward post-Brexit

French President Emmanuel Macron won backing from Angela Merkel for plans to reform the European Union after Brexit, founded on what the German chancellor called “intense” cooperation between Paris and Berlin.But many leaders remained wary of ambitious new projects, doubting the appetite of voters for giving up national control and fearing the continued strength of […]

Only ‘miracles’ can move Brexit talks forward by October, EU tells Britain

Only “miracles” can move Brexit talks far enough to fulfill Britain’s hopes of launching discussions next month on its future ties with the European Union, the head of the European Commission said on Friday.Prime Minister Theresa May had been hoping to use an informal EU meeting in the Estonian capital Tallinn to harness what she […]

Germany warns citizens of Turkey risks amid arrests

The German government has warned its citizens and firms they face the risk of “arbitrary” arrest in Turkey. “People who are travelling to Turkey for private or business reasons are urged to exercise increased caution,” the German foreign ministry said. Firms face investment risks in Turkey because of Turkish legal deficiencies, the ministry said. Germany […]

Netanyahu attack on EU policy towards Israel caught on microphone

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has launched a withering attack on the European Union at a closed-door meeting of eastern European leaders in Budapest, saying the political grouping would wither and die if it did not change its policy towards Israel.   The remarks, caught on an open microphone, underlined Netanyahu’s often barely disguised contempt […]

Central European states urge EU to speed up enlargement in west Balkans

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Seven Central European member states called on the European Union on Monday to accelerate the accession of Montenegro and Serbia to the bloc, saying a failure to integrate the western Balkans could pose a security threat to the whole region.   Foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers of the four Visegrad Group […]

Pope Francis: ‘Europe must be federal’

Pope Francis has reportedly said that Europe “must become a federal community or it will no longer count for anything in the world”. His comments were apparently made in an interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the 93-year-old La Repubblica journalist who does not record interviews or take notes.   Scalfari writes that he told Pope Francis that […]

Will Brexit clear a path to ever greater EU integration?

The slogan emblazoned on the Vote Leave battle bus last year, promising an extra £350 million a week to spend on the National Health Service, was the most controversial and effective of the referendum campaign. It was false on both counts – Britain’s net contribution to the European Union is much smaller and the savings […]

‘European army is inevitable’

Germany’s parliamentary defense commissioner, Hans-Peter Bartels, has renewed calls for a joint EU army amid concerns about the reliability of the NATO alliance and disorganization and fragmentation of national defense structures. Speaking to the German Press Agency on Monday, Hans-Peter Bartels, the Germany Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, called on the 28-nation bloc’s militaries […]

And so it begins: Brexit talks to focus 1st on orderly exit

Talks on Britain leaving the European Union began Monday with both sides saying they will focus first on an orderly withdrawal: a deal for citizens living in each other’s territory, border arrangements between Ireland and the U.K. and the amount that Britain will pay to get out of previous EU commitments. Both EU negotiator Michel […]

Hahn: Serbia on right track in EU integration

Serbia is on the right track in European integration, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Monday, adding that he was expecting Belgrade to open new chapters in its accession talks this month and by the end of the year, Tanjug reports. Speaking in Brussels about the Western Balkans’ progress in the European integration process, Hahn […]