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  1. March 16, 2014

    Free flow of labour stemmed as Belgium cracks down on migrants

    Three years ago, 28-year-old Fatima Donaire thought she was living the European dream. Born and raised in the Andalucían...

  2. The World

    February 5, 2014

    Booze, Brussels and the next Commission president

    Guy Verhofstadt (Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Getty) The three main candidates to be the next head of the European Commission are...

  1. February 4, 2014

    The return of yesterday’s men

    On March 6-7 Europe’s centre-right political parties will meet in Dublin to choose their frontman for May’s elections to the...

  2. Brussels Blog

    January 17, 2014

    Rehn vs Verhofstadt: the Liberals' debate debate

    Verhofstadt, right, with his centre-right counterpart in the European parliament, Joseph Daul Despite the hopes advocates...

  3. Brussels Blog

    January 23, 2013

    After Cameron's speech, it's Farage vs. Verhofstadt

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage at a European Parliament session in Strasbourg last year Following prime minister David Cameron’s...

  4. February 29, 2012

    Germany knows way to solve crisis

    European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels on Friday for their regular Spring economic summit and should finally sign...

  5. beyondbrics

    January 18, 2012

    Orban: cool performance under fire

    If the quick-tempered Viktor Orbán was advised to keep cool in the face of enemy fire when he appeared before the European...

  6. Brussels Blog

    January 18, 2012

    Live blog: Viktor Orban at the EU parliament

    Viktor Orban, Hungarian prime minister. AFP/Getty Images Welcome to our live coverage of Hungarian prime minister Viktor...

  7. January 16, 2012

    Pat on back from Merkel is not enough

    From Mr Guy Verhofstadt. Sir, Quentin Peel reports on Angela Merkel’s praise for the tough reform measures being taken now...

  8. December 29, 2011

    Plan for eurobonds ‘road map’ in new treaty

    Leaders of all main parties in the European parliament have proposed enshrining a “road map” for commonly-issued eurozone...

  9. December 9, 2011

    UK scuppers Merkel desire for legal clarity

    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, had insisted on wholesale revision of European Union treaties to enshrine in law the...

  10. December 5, 2011

    Maastricht treaty tested to destruction

    Exactly 10 years ago, a small group of wise men finished drafting an influential think piece on the future of Europe. The...

  11. FT Alphaville

    September 28, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis, and other offerings from Wednesday’s FT, Martin Wolf: Fear and loathing in the eurozone The annual...

  12. September 27, 2011

    Only a finance minister and full fiscal union will do

    Whatever the outcome from the current Greek difficulties, it is clear that the future of the euro, if not the European Union...

  13. September 8, 2011

    Deal in sight on EU curbs for debt offenders

    European politicians rep­orted a breakthrough in long-stalled negotiations over new fiscal rules that would allow Brussels...

  14. September 5, 2011

    Ex-leaders plea for unity on eurozone crisis

    A group of Europe’s former leaders, including Germany’s Gerhard Schröder and Britain’s Tony Blair, issued a call on Monday...

  15. September 1, 2011

    Abolishing single currency would worsen crisis

    From Mr Guy Verhofstadt. Sir, Hans-Olaf Henkel claims that the biggest professional mistake he has ever made was supporting...

  16. August 16, 2011

    Solid reasons why eurobonds can be made to work

    From Professor Stuart Holland. Sir, Otmar Issing’s “Slithering to the wrong kind of union” (August 9) carries the authority...

  17. August 3, 2011

    Syrian unrest keeps oil traders on edge

    The summer of discontent in the Arab world is keeping some oil traders on the edge. Crude oil prices have yet to react to...

  18. FT Alphaville

    July 4, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis, and other offerings from Monday’s FT, Giuliano Amato and Guy Verhofstadt: A plan to save the euro Europe...

  19. July 3, 2011

    A plan to save the euro and curb speculators

    Europe is losing a war between its elected governments and unelected rating agencies. Governments are trying to govern, but...

  20. June 7, 2011

    Belgian central to resolving continental crisis

    For almost a year, European leaders have laboured over a sprawling package of new fiscal rules that would force eurozone...

  21. March 3, 2011

    Misunderstanding the euro crisis

    When France and Germany laid out a “pact for competitiveness” – visibly designed as a quid pro quo for German assent to more...

  22. FT Alphaville

    March 3, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, Guy Verhofstadt, Jacques Delors and Romano Prodi: Europe must plan...

  23. March 2, 2011

    Europe must plan a reform, not a pact

    The next two weeks will reveal whether European Union leaders have the stomach to address Europe’s underlying economic...

  24. February 3, 2011

    Common bond to soothe euro fears

    From Guy Verhofstadt MEP. Sir, The financial markets are clearly not convinced by the way the European Union is trying to...

  25. October 26, 2010

    MEPs turn new clout on fiscal reform

    Long the ugly stepchild of Europe’s Brussels-based institutions, the European Parliament may soon become the most important...

  26. September 15, 2010

    Brussels targets growing nationalism

    A group of leading European Union politicians will on Wednesday present a manifesto aimed at combating what they believe is...

  27. March 4, 2010

    Barroso spells out 10-year proposals for EU economy

    José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, called for closer economic co-operation between the European Union's 27...

  28. March 3, 2010

    Barroso sets out 10-year EU economic plan

    José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, called for closer economic co-operation between the European Union’s 27...

  29. December 23, 2009

    UN should tread Brussels’ path in climate talks

    From Mr Guy Verhofstadt. Sir, Your analysis of the reasons for failure at Copenhagen to reach any formal agreement on...

  30. October 31, 2009

    Blair has not given up on EU presidency

    Tony Blair yesterday refused to throw in the towel as a potential European Union president, in spite of evidence that...

  31. September 2, 2009

    Mr Barroso goes back to school

    Pity José Manuel Barroso, Portugal’s former prime minister and the European Commission’s current president. For most...

  32. July 22, 2009

    Barroso critic yearns for a bit of Delors magic

    In 2004, Guy Verhofstadt lost out to José Manuel Barroso in the race to become European Commission president. Now, the...

  33. July 22, 2009

    European leader seeks magic of Delors

    In 2004, Guy Verhofstadt lost out to José Manuel Barroso in the race to become European Commission president. Now, the...

  34. December 24, 2008

    Belgian king calls on ex-PM to solve crisis

    Wilfried Martens, a former prime minister, has embarked on the unenviable task of finding a solution to Belgium's latest...

  35. December 22, 2008

    Financial crisis fells Belgian leadership

    The Belgian government on Monday night became the first national administration to fall as a direct result of events linked...

  36. March 23, 2008

    A Belgian utopia

    Europe can breathe a sigh of relief. Belgium is not going to break up. A deal that ended nine months of squabbling between...

  37. March 13, 2008

    Divisive figure challenged to unite Belgium

    From political deadlock to dramatic illness, Belgium's protracted quest to appoint a prime minister has had it all. Now,...

  38. February 26, 2008

    Belgian crisis nears end after compromise

    An eight-month political crisis in Belgium, one of Europe's most decentralised states, appeared close to an end yesterday...

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