Tag: European Union

How France’s presidential election could break – or make – the EU

With two convinced Eurosceptics and an equally fervent pro-European among the four contenders with a chance of reaching the run-off, France’s too-tight-to-call presidential election could conceivably break – or make – the EU. European officials and diplomats appear generally unconvinced that France, a core member of the bloc, will actually leave – an idea touted, […]

The EU disagrees with Trump admin over Assad

The EU has reasserted that Bashar al-Assad has no future in Syria, just days after the Trump administration said his departure was no longer a priority for settling the conflict.Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, said after six and a half years of war it was completely unrealistic to believe that the future of […]

EU: Israeli-Palestinian peace deal a ‘top priority’

The European Union said on Monday that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a “top priority” and that it welcomes the US administration’s expressed interest in brokering a peace agreement between the sides. “Peace between Israel and Palestine is a top priority for the European Union and it will remain a top priority in our political […]

E.U. Leaders Sign Rome Declaration and Proclaim a ‘Common Future’ (Minus Britain)

ROME — Proclaiming “Europe is our common future,” 27 leaders of the European Union signed a statement on Saturday in Rome declaring their commitment to integrating the Continent even as a series of crises has badly weakened the efforts and Britain prepares to leave the bloc. The statement, known as the Rome Declaration and signed […]

EU puts pen to paper, signs unity pledge on 60th anniversary

With Britain poised to start divorce proceedings, the 27 remaining European Union nations put pen to paper Saturday in Rome to renew their vows for continued unity in the face of crises that are increasingly testing the bonds between members. The EU nations marked the 60th anniversary of their founding treaty as a turning point […]

Creaking at 60: The future of the European Union

THE EUROPEAN PROJECT has sometimes given the impression of being in perpetual crisis. Indeed, its spiritual father, Jean Monnet, saw this as the best way to advance to his preferred goal of “ever closer union”, arguing that “Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.” […]

Pope Francis says the EU ‘risks dying’

The European Union ‘risks dying’ without a new vision, Pope Francis has warned. The pontiff was speaking in Rome at an EU summit to highlight the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s foundation. In an address to European leaders on Friday, the Pope said the EU faced a “vacuum of values” and was losing its “sense […]

Pope Francis Tells EU Leaders: Populism Is ‘Egotism’

Solidarity is “the most effective antidote to modern forms of populism,” Pope Francis told European Union leaders Friday, in a politically charged speech denouncing nationalism as a modern form of selfishness. In his address to more than 20 European heads of state assembled in Rome for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing […]

Erdogan: Soon Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely on Their Streets’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the European Union (EU) that if the diplomatic spat between Turkey and several European countries continues, Europeans won’t be able to walk their own streets safely. President Erdoğan made the comments Wednesday in what is another increase of tensions between Turkey and the EU that began when Germany and […]

Defense Minister warns of EU diplomatic ‘assault’ against Israel by end of the year

The European Union is planning a diplomatic “assault” against Israel by the end of the year once a number of major leadership elections on that continent are over, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday night. “After this long election period — I understand from talks with friends in Europe and Brussels — we can […]