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AnalysisSelf-defeating Tories fighting over Europe again

29.09.14 @ 18:36

While most British politicos have spent the last month on the beach or fretting about the possibility of the Scottish people sending the United Kingdom to its grave, the UK Conservative party spent the summer having yet ...

'I could back No vote' on EU, Cameron says

29.09.14 @ 09:21

David Cameron has suggested that he would campaign for Britain to leave the EU if he is unable to renegotiate the country's membership terms. Speaking in a BBC interview on Sunday (28 September), the UK prime minister ...

FeatureScotland on verge of 'independence lite'

15.09.14 @ 09:14

Travelers to Scotland, beware. In buses, pubs and street rallies, people have only one thing on their mind these days: Scottish independence. They wear bumper stickers with “Yes” or “No thanks”, dye their hair white and ...

Most Europeans want Britain to stay in EU

11.09.14 @ 09:24

A majority of Europeans want Britain to remain in the EU, but French people would be happy to see it go, according to a poll by the German Marshall Fund (GMF). The survey, published on Wednesday (10 September), spoke ...

Scots to back independence, shock poll says

08.09.14 @ 07:58

Scotland is poised to vote Yes on leaving the UK after an opinion poll gave pro-independence campaigners a shock lead. Just days before Scotland's four million voters go to the polls on 18 September to decide whether to ...

Choose between pound or EU membership, Rehn tells Scots

03.09.14 @ 09:26

An independent Scotland would have to choose between using the pound and joining the EU, the bloc's former economic affairs commissioner has said. In a letter to the UK's treasury minister Danny Alexander released on ...

Cameron faces new EU referendum backlash

01.09.14 @ 09:22

David Cameron is under new pressure from a eurosceptic backlash inside his Conservative party, amid reports that up to 100 of his MPs will promise to vote for Britain's withdrawal from the EU after the next election. ...

Scottish separatist wins TV debate ahead of referendum

26.08.14 @ 09:30

Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond on Monday (25 August) was seen as the winner of a final TV debate before a referendum which could lead to the creation of a new EU member state. The BBC debate, spiced up ...

EU migrants urged to back Scots independence bid

25.08.14 @ 09:19

Scottish independence campaigners are bidding to swing the country's 160,000 migrants from other EU countries to the independence cause by arguing that staying rather than leaving the UK poses a greater threat to ...

Scottish EU membership 'not in serious doubt'

21.08.14 @ 09:28

Scotland’s EU membership “is not in any serious doubt” if the country votes for independence, according to new research by constitutional experts. Published on Wednesday (20 August), the report by Edinburgh University ...

One month to go: Scots confident of keeping EU membership

18.08.14 @ 09:29

With one month to go until Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK on 18 September, polls indicate the Yes side is gaining ground. A new survey by ICM published on Monday (18 August) showed the pro- ...

UK foreign minister favours leaving EU if no reforms

21.07.14 @ 09:29

Deep reforms on how the EU operates and is governed are needed if the UK is to remain a member of the Union, Britain's new foreign minister has said. Tory minister Philip Hammond, who was appointed to his new role last ...

OpinionGreek workers face arrest for being on strike

13.07.14 @ 15:07

A law selling off one-third of Greece's Public Power Corporation (PPC) to private investors was recently rushed through parliament by the government following demands by the Troika, which has been effectively decreeing ...

Independent Scotland would face £500 million EU bill

26.06.14 @ 18:15

An independent Scotland would pay an extra £500 million a year to stay in the European Union, former UK prime minister Gordon Brown has told MEPs. “As part of the UK, the contribution made by Scottish taxpayers to the ...

AnalysisScottish referendum debate defined by political opportunism

23.06.14 @ 09:08

On 18 September this year, just over 4 million Scottish voters will have the chance to vote yes or no to the following: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" A simple question, but it ought to be a profound one, ...

EU membership a 'boon' to UK economy

10.06.14 @ 09:29

Membership of the EU has been a "boon" for the British economy, and leaving the EU “would not be an economic liberation,” according to an expert group. The conclusion is part of a 92-page report published on Monday (9 ...

Independent Scotland would be EU 'lynchpin', says Salmond

28.04.14 @ 09:18

An independent Scotland would be "one of the lynchpins of the European Union," Scotland's First Minister will say in a speech on Monday evening (28 April). Alex Salmond, who leads Scotland's nationalist government, will ...

Cameron's EU plan to scrap 'ever closer union' and limit migration

17.03.14 @ 09:20

New mechanisms to limit eastern European migration and prevent benefit tourism are at the centre of a seven point plan laid out by David Cameron to reform Britain's relationship with the EU. Writing in the Daily ...

Russia invites EU far-right to observe Crimea vote

13.03.14 @ 10:22

The Russian government has invited some of Europe's far-right parties to observe this weekend's referendum in Crimea. The leader of France’s National Front party, Marine Le Pen, told press at the European Parliament in ...

Labour rules out EU referendum without new treaty

12.03.14 @ 10:00

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband is to rule out an in/out referendum on EU membership before 2020 unless a new EU treaty proposal bids to transfer more power to Brussels. The promise will be part of a speech on Wednesday ( ...

Swiss hope to salvage EU agreements despite immigrant cap

03.03.14 @ 09:27

The Swiss government will try to salvage its bilateral programmes with the EU, which are under threat after voters backed plans to cap EU migration, the country's economy minister has said. "We have to reconcile the ...

Catalan referendum plan 'illegal', says Spain's PM

26.02.14 @ 09:29

Spain's Prime Minister maintained that a referendum on independence for Catalonia would be "illegal" on Tuesday (25 February) as he delivered his annual state of the nation speech. Mariano Rajoy vowed to block the vote, ...

EU suspends Swiss talks on research and education

17.02.14 @ 09:54

EU-Swiss talks on EU-funded research and education programmes have been suspended following Bern's refusal to sign a reciprocal work permit deal with Croatia. “There was another round of negotiations due and we had said ...

EU referendum bill defeated in UK parliament

31.01.14 @ 21:08

Plans to put an UK referendum on EU membership into law have been dashed after the House of Lords voted to block the bill by 180 votes to 130. A bill by Conservative MP James Wharton had proposed to guarantee a public ...

Independent Scotland could be €4.5bn worse off in EU

19.01.14 @ 22:30

An independent Scotland would be up to £3.8 billion (€4.5 billion) poorer each year, the UK government warned on Friday (17 January). Unveiling a 'Scotland Analysis' paper looking at the consequences independence would ...

'Reform or we leave EU,' warns British chancellor

15.01.14 @ 15:48

The UK will leave the European Union if the bloc refuses to reform, the country's chancellor George Osborne said on Wednesday (15 January). Speaking at the start of a two day conference on EU reform organised by the ...

Catalonia urges EU leaders to endorse 'legal' referendum

03.01.14 @ 09:29

Catalonia's President, Artur Mas, has written to EU leaders and world powers seeking their support for a vote on independence from Spain. The appeal comes amid strong resistance to his plan to hold a referendum in ...

EUobservedCameron's big EU speech fails to calm rebels

27.12.13 @ 07:56

David Cameron ended 2013 as he started it: harried by his own Conservative party over Europe and trying to persuade it not to vote for an early referendum on EU membership. It wasn't supposed to be like this. In January ...

OpinionThe variable geometry of national sovereignty

18.12.13 @ 07:51

The release of the Scottish government’s White paper at the end of November raised the temperature of the debate on Scotland’s independence. The referendum will be held in September 2014 and could lead to independence ...

German coalition talks split on EU referendums

13.11.13 @ 10:18

A new bargaining chip has emerged in the ongoing German coalition talks: the idea of holding referendums on major EU decisions - be it bailouts, enlargement or more transfers of sovereignty to Brussels. The idea was ...

Danish opposition agrees to quick EU referendum

12.08.13 @ 09:30

When voters head to the polls to elect Denmark's 13 MEPs in May next year they may also be asked to delete two Danish EU treaty opt-outs and to approve the kingdom's participation in the European patent court in a ...

Leaving EU would be 'historic error,' UK group says

15.07.13 @ 09:25

Quitting the EU would be an "historic error" for the UK, according to a cross-party campaign group. In a manifesto released on Monday (15 July) titled 'Better off in a Better Europe', the British Influence group said ...

UK's EU referendum moves a step closer

06.07.13 @ 07:07

Britain took another step towards an in/out referendum on its membership of the EU on Friday (5 July) after MPs unanimously backed a bill guaranteeing a vote by the end of 2017. The bill, which was tabled by ...

Cameron's Conservatives table EU referendum bill

15.05.13 @ 09:05

The British Conservative Party has tabled legislation that would guarantee an EU in/out referendum before the end of 2017. The bill, released on Tuesday (14 May), is expected to be sponsored as a private member's bill ...

British ministers voice support for leaving EU

13.05.13 @ 07:44

Two senior British ministers have said they would vote to leave the EU if there was a referendum now. Speaking on BBC TV on Sunday (12 May), the ruling Conservative Party's education minister Michael Gove said: "My ...

InterviewThe voice of the EU commission has 'gone soft'

18.02.13 @ 09:23

It was just eight years ago. In 2004, Romano Prodi, an Italian economics professor from Bologna, left one of the most powerful posts in Europe. In his five year term as President of the European Commission, he oversaw ...

OpinionCameron's gamble

25.01.13 @ 09:21

David Cameron’s London speech (23 January) is the culmination of a long period of in-decision over the position of the Coalition Government towards Europe. Hemmed-in by an increasingly eurosceptic Conservative party on ...

Merkel and Cameron seek common ground on Europe

24.01.13 @ 17:54

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British PM David Cameron on Thursday (24 January) sought common ground on the future of the European Union, one day after he announced a referendum on Britain's EU membership four ...

UK's EU future dependent on other member states

23.01.13 @ 16:20

Other leaders have reacted coolly to Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on Europe, in a reminder that much of what stands on London's EU wishlist is dependent on the goodwill of other member states. "Of course ...

Cameron publishes bits of unlucky EU speech

18.01.13 @ 09:30

Downing Street has circulated parts of a speech due to warn of a British EU "exit," after cancelling it because of the Algerian hostage situation. With information trickling out on an Algerian army raid on a militant- ...

OpinionOn Cameron, Europe and other demons

17.01.13 @ 20:33

To an outsider here in Brussels, Britain’s stance towards Europe is utterly incomprehensible. Like it or not, the EU is the largest market in the world, while the unification process has ensured that, for the first time ...

OpinionIt’s like the night before Christmas

17.01.13 @ 20:01

It feels a little like Christmas with all the feverish expectations and speculations, hopes and requests: On Friday (18 January) David Cameron, the UK’s Prime Minister, is finally going to make his speech about Europe ...

US warns Britain on EU referendum

10.01.13 @ 09:30

The Obama administration has warned Britain against sidelining itself in the EU as Prime Minister Cameron comes under increasing pressure to hold a membership referendum. "We have a growing relationship with the EU as ...

Cameron: British EU exit is 'imaginable'

18.12.12 @ 09:51

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has conceded that withdrawal from the EU is "imaginable," in the latest indication that the Conservative leader is preparing the ground for a radical change in the country's EU status. ...

Catalan leader asks EU for answers on independence

08.11.12 @ 09:25

Catalan leader Artur Mas on Wednesday (7 November) challenged the EU's ambivalence on the rise of regionalism in the Union by saying it would be "illogical" not to accept small, rich, pro-EU Catalonia as an automatic ...

Back the EU or risk isolation, Poland warns UK

24.09.12 @ 10:04

Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski has called on Britain to abandon its "false consciousness" of euroscepticism and take the lead in EU decision-making. Speaking at the Global Horizons conference at Blenheim palace ...

Scottish leaders under pressure on EU status

18.09.12 @ 09:30

The Scottish government is facing renewed pressure to reveal legal advice on whether it would remain in the EU if the country votes to leave the United Kingdom. An urgent hearing of the Court of Session in Edinburgh ...

AnalysisGrexit or Brexit - is Britain going to leave the EU?

14.08.12 @ 20:12

Last week, Eurogroup leader Jean Claude-Juncker said that a Greek exit from the eurozone could be managed. Why Juncker felt compelled to say this is unclear, especially since there are no indications Greece wants to ...

Poll: Almost half of Brits want to leave the EU

14.08.12 @ 17:43

Almost half of British citizens would vote to leave the EU if there was a referendum, pollsters say. A survey by Canadian firm Angus Reid out on Tuesday (14 August) noted that 46 percent would vote to leave. It also ...

Romanian President: 'I survived a coup'

30.07.12 @ 09:26

Political instability looks set to continue in Romania despite claims of a referendum victory by President Traian Basescu. The country's Central Electoral Commission announced after polls closed at 11pm local time on ...