Tag: European Union

EU appoints new Special Representative to Middle East peace process

The European Council appointed Susanna Terstal as European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday. The European Council said in a statement that “the tasks of the Special Representative are to contribute to actions and initiatives leading to a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution.” […]

The Grand Plans to Renew the European Union

The European Union is riddled with overlapping problems. The euro currency crisis, diverging policies on Russia and Turkey, irregular migration patterns, rising nationalism, terrorism and Euroskepticism are just a few — not to mention the Brexit. With all of these issues piling up, it’s little wonder that some EU leaders have judged the European project […]

Germany Drafts Outline of EU-U.K. Ties Post-Brexit, Paper Shows

Germany is working on proposals for the European Union’s future relations with the U.K. that include calls for a “comprehensive free-trade accord” with the British government, according to a draft paper prepared by the Foreign Ministry in Berlin.With EU leaders due to discuss Brexit at a summit in Brussels on Thursday, the document lays out […]

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 […]