‘Unexpectedly good times for the EU’

By |september 7th, 2017|Brexit, Donald Trump, Dutch elections 2017, French elections 2017, future of EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, News, State of the Union|

Andrew Hammond gives a foretaste of what European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker may say in his State of the Union speech on 12 September.

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EU at 60: Common sense will prevail

By |april 14th, 2017|Dutch elections 2017, French elections 2017, German elections 2017, multi-speed EU, News, Russia, Treaty of Rome|

The recent 60th anniversary celebrations in Rome were justifiably optimistic. The European Union may well have negotiated its rough patch and from here on out it could prove to be smooth sailing, writes Merve Demirel.

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Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

By |marec 24th, 2017|Dutch elections 2017, Geert Wilders, Mark Rutte, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, terrorism, Turkey coup, Turkish referendum|

Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey?

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Dijsselbloem to open debate on his future as Eurogroup chief

By |marec 21st, 2017|Dutch elections 2017, Eurogroup, Eurogroup Presidency, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Luis de Guindos, Michel Sapin, News, Wolfgang Schäuble|

Acting Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said yesterday (20 March) that he would have a discussion with his eurozone colleagues about his continuation as Eurogroup president, following the electoral debacle of his party in The Netherlands.

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Germany says Erdogan has ‘gone too far’ with Nazi jibe

By |marec 20th, 2017|Angela Merkel, death penalty, Dutch elections 2017, Gulenists, Kurds, News, Pkk, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Sigmar Gabriel, Turkish referendum|

Germany angrily warned Turkey yesterday (19 March) that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had gone too far after he accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi measures" in an escalating diplomatic feud.

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Bulgaria’s PM says taking steps to prevent election meddling by Turkey

By |marec 17th, 2017|Bulgarian elections, Dutch elections 2017, News, Ognyan Gerdzhikov, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish referendum|

Bulgaria's caretaker prime minister said on Friday he was taking steps to prevent any attempts by Turkey to influence an election next week in favour of a political party that represents Bulgarian Turks, the country's largest ethnic minority.

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Dutch vote throws Eurogroup leadership into doubt

By |marec 17th, 2017|Dutch elections 2017, Eurogroup, Germany, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Luis de Guindos, Mário Centeno, Mark Rutte, News, Portugal, The Netherlands, Wolfgang Schäuble|

Jeroen Dijsselbloem could well lose his role as chair of the EU body coordinating eurozone policy after his party was routed in the Dutch election. But there is a chance he could retain his position even if he is no longer finance minister in a new coa...

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Pulse of Europe: Something new could emerge from EU ‘ruins’

By |marec 16th, 2017|Angela Merkel, Brexit, Dutch elections 2017, France, French elections 2017, French Presidential Elections 2017, German elections 2017, Germany, Marine Le Pen, Martin Schulz, News, populism, white paper future of Europe|

The Pulse of Europe initiative is trying, and succeeding, to get more people interested in European issues. Its founder, Daniel Röder, spoke to EURACTIV Germany about what could happen if France left the EU, populism and member state failures.

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Dutch election offers huge relief for other EU governments

By |marec 16th, 2017|Dutch elections 2017, French elections 2017, Front National, Geert Wilders, Islamophobia, Jean-Claude Juncker, Marine Le Pen, Mark Rutte, News, populism, PVV, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, Turkish referendum, VVD|

Exit polls showing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) far ahead of Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) were greeted with relief in Brussels yesterday night (15 March), amid fears of a surge in populism in Europe, with elections in France and G...

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Erdogan angers Dutch with Srebrenica jibe

By |marec 15th, 2017|Dutch elections 2017, News, populism, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Srebrenica massacre, Turkish referendum|

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan prompted a fresh outcry in The Netherlands yesterday (14 February) with a jibe about the Srebrenica massacre, warning of retaliation in a spiralling diplomatic crisis.

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