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    1. February 17, 2013

      Europe’s budget deal is flawed

      When Herman Van Rompuy comes to the European Parliament on Monday he will have some explaining to do. The president of the...

    2. December 14, 2012

      EU summit delays crucial decisions

      An EU summit once touted as a gathering to set the future course of the eurozone has instead put off all major decisions on...

    1. November 15, 2012

      France rejects EU budget compromise

      France has dismissed a compromise proposal for the EU’s long-term budget as unacceptable, further complicating efforts to...

    2. October 23, 2012

      Monti may be the man for all seasons

      A combination of Italy’s deepening recession and widespread public disaffection with the political choices on offer is...

    3. October 16, 2012

      Peace prize sets off an unseemly scuffle

      No sooner had the EU been awarded its Nobel Peace Prize on Friday than Brussels descended into what it does best: an...

    4. August 7, 2012

      Spanish PM prompts debate over EU aid

      Last week’s signal from Spain’s prime minister that he may be prepared to request assistance from the eurozone’s €440bn...

    5. March 2, 2012

      Eurozone states sign up to fiscal pact

      Twenty-five of the European Union’s 27 member states signed a new treaty on Friday which will introduce a German-style “debt...

    6. March 2, 2012

      Serbia wins EU candidate status

      Almost 13 years after a transatlantic alliance dropped bombs on Belgrade in response to “ethnic cleansing” in Kosovo,...

    7. February 29, 2012

      Spain’s target push riles EU partners

      Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, is seeking support from fellow eurozone leaders in his bid to soften his country’s...

    8. February 1, 2012

      Greek party fears ‘social explosion’

      The leader of the rightwing Laos party, junior partner in the Greek coalition government, has appealed to the European Union...

    9. December 19, 2011

      EU warns Ukraine over ‘political justice’

      The European Union has bluntly warned Ukraine that it would not sign an agreement leading to free trade and closer political...

    10. December 9, 2011

      Croatia signs on to EU membership

      Croatia signed on to become the European Union’s 28th member just hours after a fractious summit meeting in Brussels raised...

    11. December 7, 2011

      Germany insists on new treaty for Europe

      Germany on Wednesday insisted that its European partners must undertake the politically fraught process of changing European...

    12. November 30, 2011

      Obama’s morbid fear of EU meltdown

      For a summit with a continent in crisis, this week’s meeting between Barack Obama and European leaders was a strangely...

    13. November 16, 2011

      Call for triple A ‘power core’ in eurozone

      The eurozone’s six triple A rated countries should have greater say in economic affairs within the single currency and act...

    14. November 5, 2011

      Greek opposition refuses to join coalition

      George Papandreou’s chances of putting together a strong coalition government that could persuade international lenders to...

    15. September 30, 2011

      EU warns Kiev over Tymoshenko trial

      European Union leaders on Friday delivered a stern public warning to Ukraine that the trial of former prime minister Yulia...

    16. September 28, 2011

      Barroso seeks bigger role for EU institutions

      José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, appealed for a bigger role for the European Union’s central...

    17. September 26, 2011

      A crisis of European integration

      The crisis of capitalism is also a crisis of European integration. The fundamental tenet of post-war Europe is that unity...

    18. August 18, 2011

      ‘Gaullist’ eurozone remedy fails to impress

      There are two ways of looking at the latest initiative by Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, and Angela Merkel, the German...

    19. August 17, 2011

      Markets give eurozone plan cool reception

      Financial markets and fellow European leaders reacted coolly on Wednesday to proposals by the French and German leaders for...

    20. August 16, 2011

      Paris and Berlin seek ‘real economic government’

      Any hopes the markets may have held early on Tuesday about efforts by Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy to renew a push to...

    21. August 14, 2011

      Italy’s austerity package branded unfair

      Italy’s austerity package, passed by an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday, is facing growing criticism at home, even as it...

    22. August 4, 2011

      Barroso calls for bigger rescue fund

      José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, has called for a “rapid reassessment” of the eurozone’s €440bn...

    23. February 27, 2011

      EU presidents draft competitiveness pact

      The European Union’s two presidents have drafted proposals for a “pact for competitiveness” among eurozone economies in an...

    24. December 20, 2010

      Hungary seeks to ease fears on EU agenda

      Hungary’s foreign minister promised his own country’s domestic priorities would not be put at the top of the European Union...

    25. December 7, 2010

      Hungary foreign minister backs euro survival

      The euro will survive Europe’s spreading debt crisis because the alternative is the collapse of the European Union,...

    26. November 19, 2010

      European unity under strain

      As an Irish rescue looms ever closer, none has intoned more forcefully on the need for unity to save the eurozone than...

    27. November 9, 2010

      Plans for fiscal rescue mechanism move forward

      Five leading economists have published independent proposals for a new European fiscal rescue system, involving the creation...

    28. October 31, 2010

      An EU treaty change is necessary but hazardous

      Angela Merkel is right. It is not often that I have said this about the German chancellor. I continue to disagree with her...

    29. October 28, 2010

      EU leaders back limited treaty change

      European leaders agreed on Thursday night to take up a narrow, limited change in the European Union’s treaties to shore up...

    30. October 27, 2010

      Treaty change forced on to EU’s agenda

      European heads of government gathering in Brussels today are being forced to grapple with an issue many hoped had...

    31. October 27, 2010

      Setting priorities for the eurozone

      Europe’s discussions on reforming economic governance risk degenerating into unproductive disputes about financial penalties...

    32. October 27, 2010

      Merkel insists on EU treaty change

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has thrown down the gauntlet to her European Union partners, insisting that treaty...

    33. October 7, 2010

      Germany to set out ‘crisis resolution’ plan

      Germany intends to present plans next month for a permanent “crisis resolution mechanism” for the eurozone, to lay down...

    34. October 1, 2010

      Europe’s egos upstaged by unassuming Finn

      In the five months since Greece nearly destroyed the euro, the debate over how to ensure that such a disaster never happens...

    35. September 29, 2010

      EU economic reforms fall short on growth

      The European Commission announced proposals for reform of eurozone governance on Thursday, calling for closer monitoring of...

    36. September 28, 2010

      EU differences on deficit sanctions narrow

      European leaders on Monday night appeared to narrow their differences over how to prevent European Union members from...

    37. September 26, 2010

      Germany backs tough EU deficit rules

      The German finance minister has thrown his weight behind a European Union proposal for tough new rules and fines against...

    38. September 23, 2010

      Big spenders face EU fines

      At the height of the Greek debt crisis, Olli Rehn, the European commissioner for economic and mon­etary affairs, was...

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