Tag: European Union

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 […]

Trump EU pick Ted Malloch rips into ‘undemocratic’ Brussels superstate plan

DONALD Trump’s reported pick for EU ambassador has warned France and Germany against plans to pursue a “United States of Europe” with a centralised budget, saying the US will fiercely oppose such a move. In a fiery speech Dr Ted Malloch insisted the creation of a Brussels superstate runs counter to American interests and will […]

Merkel and Macron agree to draw up roadmap to deeper EU integration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Monday to draw up a roadmap to deeper European Union integration and opened the door to changing the bloc’s treaties to facilitate ambitious reform. A day after Macron’s inauguration, the two leaders struck a consensual tone in Berlin after talks in which they […]

FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron plays EU ANTHEM after French election victory

In the past French politicians have announced their victory to the sound of La Marseillaise, which has stood as their anthem for hundreds of years. But Mr Macron, who has gained support from major European figures including Jean-Claude Juncker and Angela Merkel, instead blasted the anthem of Europe ‘Ode to Joy’ from the speakers as […]

French Election: Centrist Emmanuel Macron Wins Presidency Over Marine Le Pen

Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. At 39, Macron will be France’s youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte. “I called Emmanuel Macron tonight to congratulate him warmly on his election as President of the Republic,” current President Francois Hollande said in a statement. Hollande said […]

Leave.EU compares Emmanuel Macron’s victory to French World War II ‘surrender’

The Leave.EU Twitter account has responded to Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election with a series of controversial tweets. As projections suggested the centrist had comfortably defeated far-right Marine Le Pen, the campaign group, backed by Ukip funder Arron Banks and former leader Nigel Farage, tweeted: “RIP France.” It later posted a picture […]

Brussels tells EU countries to reopen borders by November

Brussels has told EU countries that closed their borders because of the migrant crisis to reopen them by November. Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and non-EU Norway introduced the ID checks in 2015 and have been allowed to repeatedly prolong them at set intervals. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said it would […]