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A new start for Europe - Jean-Claude Juncker's Political Guidelines

A new start for Europe - Jean-Claude Juncker's Political Guidelines

17/07/2014 - Jean-Claude Juncker has been elected President of the European Commission by a strong majority of 422 votes in the European Parliament plenary session.

On Europe - Considerations on the present and the future of the European Union

On Europe - Considerations on the present and the future of the European Union

10/06/2014 - "It is my duty, after almost ten years as Commission President, to share my experience and my thinking on how we can build on what we have achieved so far, and go forward in the future."

La Commission répond aux questions des citoyens

La Commission répond aux questions des citoyens

19/05/2014 - Série de clips video dans lesquels des représentants de la Commission répondent aux questions posées dans le cadre des dialogues citoyens organisés à Paris le 27 février 2014 et à Marseille le 14 novembre 2013 sur des sujets allant de la crise économique à la politique agricole commune et à l’immigration.

100 Years on from the First World War - Lessons to learn and future of Europe

100 Years on from the First World War - Lessons to learn and future of Europe

16/04/2014 - Speech by President Barroso at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Tearing down walls – building bridges

Tearing down walls – building bridges

01/03/2014 - Speech by President Barroso at the Third General Assembly on the New Narrative for Europe in Berlin

Speech by Angela Merkel

Speech by Angela Merkel

27/02/2014 - Speech by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in London

The United Kingdom and the EU – inevitably drifting apart?

The United Kingdom and the EU – inevitably drifting apart?

17/02/2014 - Speech by Viviane Reding at Cambridge's Faculty of Law to deliver the Mackenzie Stuart Lecture

Reforming Europe in a changing world

Reforming Europe in a changing world

14/02/2014 - Speech at the London School of Economics

The Danger Is that Europe Will Fail

The Danger Is that Europe Will Fail

23/01/2014 - The full text of British Prime Minister David Cameron's January 2013 speech on his country's plan to hold a referendum on the future of its membership in the European Union.

George Osborne Speech

George Osborne Speech

15/01/2014 - Extracts from the Chancellor's speech to the Open Europe Conference.

Speech: State of the Union 2013 by President Barroso

Speech: State of the Union 2013 by President Barroso

11/09/2013 - In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barroso made a rallying call to 'all those that care about Europe, whatever their political or ideological position, wherever they come from, to speak up for Europe'.

Interview: ECB bankers on future EU banking union

Interview: ECB bankers on future EU banking union

29/07/2013 - Benoît Cœuré and Jörg Asmussen, Members of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, address future reform of the European banking system.

Analysis: life after the ‘Troika’

Analysis: life after the ‘Troika’

24/07/2013 - The emergency economic measures put in place in Greece, Ireland and Cyprus in the wake of the sovereign debt crisis have generated long-lasting political damage for the image of the EU, according to a pair of leading EU commentators.

Speech: we need strong political union, says Reding

Speech: we need strong political union, says Reding

23/07/2013 - Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship calls for a directly accountable European government.

Interview: ‘The answers are not just in the economy’

Interview: ‘The answers are not just in the economy’

18/07/2013 - Leading Greek political commentator Nick Malkoutzis says Europe needs to develop a much clearer picture of what it is trying to achieve beyond improving its economic competiveness.

Speech: Europe needs more democratic control

Speech: Europe needs more democratic control

16/07/2013 - Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, calls for an end to the “Troika” – the emergency partnership between the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

Speech: National parliaments and future economic union

Speech: National parliaments and future economic union

11/07/2013 - Maroš Šefčovič, Commission Vice-President for inter-institutional affairs and administration, calls for an overhaul of economic and monetary union in Europe.

Speech: building on banking union

Speech: building on banking union

08/07/2013 - Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, says that closer economic integration should be the catalyst for reinventing the European Union.

Speech: a “credible, growing, and open” Europe

Speech: a “credible, growing, and open” Europe

03/07/2013 - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaité says restoring public confidence in the European project depends on granting opportunities for citizens.

Opinion: the risks of European centralisation

Opinion: the risks of European centralisation

02/07/2013 - Otmar Issing, a founding member of executive board of the European Central Bank, argues that centralisation of economic decision-making as an end in itself cannot underpin a prosperous and powerful Europe.

Analysis: Enlargement in the Balkans

Analysis: Enlargement in the Balkans

01/07/2013 - John O’ Brennan, Director of European Studies at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, asks if Croatia’s accession to the EU will encourage its neighbours to seek EU membership – or lead to enlargement fatigue.

Politics: Croatia’s entry into the EU

Politics: Croatia’s entry into the EU

01/07/2013 - Croatia’s entry into the European Union on the 1 July 2013 marks another milestone in the construction of the EU.

Politics: agreement on future EU budget

Politics: agreement on future EU budget

27/06/2013 - José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission welcomed the agreement by national leaders and MEPs on the EU's budget for 2014-20, which he called the “growth fund for Europe”.

Event: Moving Europe forward

Event: Moving Europe forward

26/06/2013 - German Federal President Joachim Gauck debated the future of Europe with young Germans in Berlin.

Politics: EU needs more ambition, says EESC

Politics: EU needs more ambition, says EESC

26/06/2013 - The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for the urgent completion of the EMU and urgent reform across Europe.

Event: a forward and outward-looking Europe

Event: a forward and outward-looking Europe

25/06/2013 - An event at Dublin Castle brought together politicians from across Europe to discuss the future shape and role of the EU.

Speech: Business as usual not an option, says Reding

Speech: Business as usual not an option, says Reding

24/06/2013 - Europe needs to further build a “Europe for citizens” based on a strong vision, says Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission.

Speech: ECB calls for new cooperation efforts

Speech: ECB calls for new cooperation efforts

23/06/2013 - The financial crisis has necessitated a substantial change in international policy cooperation, said Jörg Asmussen, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB.

Interview: EU needs to be the solution, Malosse

Interview: EU needs to be the solution, Malosse

21/06/2013 - Henri Malosse, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, says the EU needs to reconnect with citizens.

Politics: Dutch government sets out vision of EU reform

Politics: Dutch government sets out vision of EU reform

21/06/2013 - The Dutch government publishes a “subsidiarity review” – an assessment of the policy areas in which it believes the EU should and should not be involved.

Speech: Rehn on modernising and integrating EU economies

Speech: Rehn on modernising and integrating EU economies

19/06/2013 - Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the Commission and responsible for "Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro", says the challenge is to finally beat the crisis by rebalancing and reforming European economies.

Opinion: Europe needs to integrate single market even further

Opinion: Europe needs to integrate single market even further

19/06/2013 - Mark Spelman, member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Europe, says that Europe needs to make it easier for economic activity to take place across national borders.

Opinion: Europe’s future bright, says Prodi

Opinion: Europe’s future bright, says Prodi

18/06/2013 - Romano Prodi, ex-president of the European Commission, is optimistic on opportunities for growth in Europe despite the current economic crisis.

Analysis: EU finding unity despite difficulties

Analysis: EU finding unity despite difficulties

14/06/2013 - An article in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter argues that the economic crisis has pushed European countries to solve some divisive issues.

Opinion: imagining the UK in the euro

Opinion: imagining the UK in the euro

13/06/2013 - Economist Will Hutton says that both the EU and the UK would be much stronger if the country had adopted the euro currency 10 years ago.

Speech: Füle on Turkey accession

Speech: Füle on Turkey accession

12/06/2013 - Štefan Füle, the EU commissioner for enlargement, is optimistic on progress in Turkey accession negotiations despite current difficulties.

Politics: cut to MEP numbers agreed

Politics: cut to MEP numbers agreed

12/06/2013 - The European Parliament has agreed to a proposal to cut the number of MEPs for its 2014 election.

Speech: we need to pull together, says Barroso

Speech: we need to pull together, says Barroso

12/06/2013 - President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso calls for a “European consensus” among national leaders.

Opinion: reducing the EU’s democratic deficit

Opinion: reducing the EU’s democratic deficit

10/06/2013 - Charles Grant, director of a London-based think tank, outlines a number of actions to make the EU more accountable.

Analysis: Where Europe works

Analysis: Where Europe works

09/06/2013 - Anders Åslund, a Swedish economist, argues that reforms across Europe are fundamentally going in the right direction, despite current difficulties.

Poll: Europe going in the wrong direction

Poll: Europe going in the wrong direction

05/06/2013 - Many citizens feel disconnected from the EU and its institutions, according to a survey by pollsters Gallup.

Debate: a new pact for Europe

Debate: a new pact for Europe

05/06/2013 - The King Baudouin Foundation, a Belgian think tank, has launched an international project to stimulate reflection on the future of Europe among the public and policy makers.

Event: Forum for tomorrow’s Europe

Event: Forum for tomorrow’s Europe

04/06/2013 - The European parliament hosted a forum on the future of Europe on 4 June.

Analysis: building a closer fiscal union

Analysis: building a closer fiscal union

03/06/2013 - Francesco Nicoli from the European Policy Centre think tank analyses current reforms and future steps to strengthen European Monetary Union.

Opinion: EU needs fundamental new laws, says MEP Verhofstadt

Opinion: EU needs fundamental new laws, says MEP Verhofstadt

03/06/2013 - The liberal leader in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, called for far-reaching reforms to European governance.

Opinion: a European public space

Opinion: a European public space

02/06/2013 - Jimmy Jamar, head of the European Commission’s representation in Belgium, argues that more efforts are needed to involve the public in reflection over the future of Europe.

Imagine a European democracy without borders

Imagine a European democracy without borders

01/06/2013 - The interview was conducted at TED 2013. Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” -- while "politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples." How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.

Analysis: Europe in 2030

Analysis: Europe in 2030

31/05/2013 - The European Student Think Tank asked students in European studies to imagine the EU in 2030. They selected Henri Erti’s piece EU 2030: Expansion without integration to publish in May on their blog.

Opinion: Europe needs a new vision, says Hübner

Opinion: Europe needs a new vision, says Hübner

31/05/2013 - Danuta Hübner, Polish MEP and former EU Commissioner for regional policy, says that recent crisis-driven reforms lack an overarching vision.

Opinion: debunking myths in the debate on Europe

Opinion: debunking myths in the debate on Europe

29/05/2013 - Katinka Barysch from the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think tank, says that many commonly-used arguments used in the debate on Europe are not based on facts.

Speech: enlargement part of the solution

Speech: enlargement part of the solution

25/05/2013 - Continuing with enlargement is essential for the EU to maintain its relevance in the world, said Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement.

Poll: 2 in 3 young people plan to vote in EU elections

Poll: 2 in 3 young people plan to vote in EU elections

24/05/2013 - Around 64% of young Europeans plan to vote in the 2014 European Parliament elections, according to EU survey.

Politics: FYROM ready for EU accession talks, say MEPs

Politics: FYROM ready for EU accession talks, say MEPs

23/05/2013 - Members of the European Parliament called for the start of formal negotiations on EU membership with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Speech: European Central Bank on banking union

Speech: European Central Bank on banking union

23/05/2013 - Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, said that national policies alone are not enough to end the financial crisis.

Politics: MEPs call for solidarity in economic governance

Politics: MEPs call for solidarity in economic governance

23/05/2013 - The European Parliament called for greater democratic accountability and more action to address social problems as part of reforms to deepen European economic and monetary union.

Opinion: EESC calls for social action

Opinion: EESC calls for social action

22/05/2013 - The European Economic and Social Committee has called on the EU to launch a new European social action programme, with concrete measures to increase solidarity among member countries.

Opinion: Europe continues to matter

Opinion: Europe continues to matter

22/05/2013 - Euroscepticism has spread in the wake of the economic crisis, but it is worth remembering why Europe continues to matter, says John McCormick, a leading US expert on EU politics.

Policy: President Barroso welcomes commitments on energy and tax evasion and fraud

Policy: President Barroso welcomes commitments on energy and tax evasion and fraud

22/05/2013 - President Barroso welcomed the commitment at European Council to make progress on energy policy and tax evasion and fraud.

Politics: EU parliament votes for new election date

Politics: EU parliament votes for new election date

21/05/2013 - The European Parliament has voted to change elections to 22-25 May 2014, a  month earlier than planned.

Opinion: focus EU debate on growth, say UK business leaders

Opinion: focus EU debate on growth, say UK business leaders

20/05/2013 - The heads of some of the biggest British companies stated that the country needs to stay in the EU in an open letter to the Independent newspaper.

Interview: Antonio Tajani says industry key to recovery

Interview: Antonio Tajani says industry key to recovery

20/05/2013 - The EU Commissioner for industry outlined ways the industrial sector can guide the EU out of crisis.

Opinion: the rise of populist politics in Europe

Opinion: the rise of populist politics in Europe

19/05/2013 - Localism, extremism and populism have replaced pan-nationalism, argues an editorial in New Europe.

Opinion: Europe needs an "economic government" says French president

Opinion: Europe needs an "economic government" says French president

16/05/2013 - France’s president François Hollande has said France is willing to shape a new political union, as a matter of European urgency.

Speech: Federalisation good for Estonia

Speech: Federalisation good for Estonia

09/05/2013 - Estonia’s interests would be better protected in a federal than a confederal EU, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said at a debate on 9 May.

Policy: priorities for May European summit

Policy: priorities for May European summit

08/05/2013 - Commission calls for significant progress on completing the internal energy market and tackling growing tax fraud and evasion ahead of leaders’ meeting.

Proposals: upholding your rights

Proposals: upholding your rights

08/05/2013 - New proposals would remove remaining obstacles to living, working and shopping anywhere in the EU.

Speech: a blueprint for closer economic and monetary union

Speech: a blueprint for closer economic and monetary union

07/05/2013 - European Commission President José Manuel Barroso outlined the steps toward a genuine economic and monetary union (EMU) at a conference in Brussels, Belgium.

Interview: euro emerges stronger from debt crisis

Interview: euro emerges stronger from debt crisis

06/05/2013 - Finland’s Europe minister Alexander Stubb said the debt crisis and strong support for the euro paves way for 8 more countries to join the eurozone.

Analysis: Public trust in the EU drops to record low

Analysis: Public trust in the EU drops to record low

25/04/2013 - Euroscepticism is soaring as public confidence in the EU drops to an all-time low, according to a study of Eurobarometer polls.

Speech: more integration would boost European cooperation

Speech: more integration would boost European cooperation

22/04/2013 - European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said a ‘functional federalism’ would protect the European Union’s shared values and way of life.

Report: regional funding working for regions

Report: regional funding working for regions

18/04/2013 - Regional funding is supporting growth where it is most needed, but governments need to speed up implementation, says assessment report.

Opinion: more investment in young people needed

Opinion: more investment in young people needed

18/04/2013 - The EU needs to invest more in programmes to help unemployed young people and engage them more in democracy says Peter Matjašič, president of the European Youth Forum.

Politics: European Economic and Social Committee wants to be more proactive

Politics: European Economic and Social Committee wants to be more proactive

18/04/2013 - The European Economic and Social Committee plans to be more proactive in engaging citizens in the debate on Europe's future and taking account of their views.

Online forum: vote on EU issues

Online forum: vote on EU issues

16/04/2013 - The ‘Debating Europe’ website has launched a new online forum to encourage people to debate topical issues with current MEPs and MEP candidates, and to vote in next year’s elections for the European Parliament.

Vote: Parliament appoves reforms to strengthen EU banks

Vote: Parliament appoves reforms to strengthen EU banks

16/04/2013 - MEPs approved a package to reform the supervision of the EU's banking sector. The new rules would also cap banker's bonuses, curb speculative risk-taking, and step up capital provisions to help banks cope better with crises.

Vote: Independence movements are internal state issues

Vote: Independence movements are internal state issues

12/04/2013 - Committee of the Regions says local and regional autonomy and independence movements are internal matters for EU countries.

Speech: we need a ‘united states of Europe’, says Reding

Speech: we need a ‘united states of Europe’, says Reding

08/11/2012 - European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding called for “a thorough political and democratic deepening” of the current European Union.