Monday

18th Dec 2017

Magazine

Europe in Review 2016

"Every crisis is an opportunity," the saying goes. In 2016, it has become the EU's mantra.

From strengthened economic governance established after the financial crisis to tighter controls of external borders in the wake of the migrant crisis, European leaders in recent years have used challenges to transfer more powers to the EU. The British decision in June to leave the EU is one of these crises our leaders have now to grapple with.

Thank you for reading EUobserver!

Subscribe now for a 30 day free trial.

  1. €150 per year
  2. or €15 per month
  3. Cancel anytime

EUobserver is an independent, not-for-profit news organization that publishes daily news reports, analysis, and investigations from Brussels and the EU member states. We are an indispensable news source for anyone who wants to know what is going on in the EU.

We are mainly funded by advertising and subscription revenues. As advertising revenues are falling fast, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism.

For group, corporate or student subscriptions, please contact us. See also our full Terms of Use.

If you already have an account click here to login.

  • "Every crisis is an opportunity," the saying goes. In 2016, it has become the EU's mantra. (Photo: EUobserver)

What is at stake is the EU's stability and also its future existence and legitimacy.

The UK referendum; challenges to EU trade policies; public uproar against former commissioners' new jobs; and the rise of nationalist parties across Europe have shown that the EU needs to find new meaning and regain citizens' trust.

EU leaders started a soul-searching process in September in Bratislava. They will give the first results in March at the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaty, the EU founding document.

This Europe in Review edition looks back at all the events of 2016 that will define the coming year.

In a time of difficulties and hope for a brighter new year, EUobserver will continue to report on events in Brussels and across Europe, to shed light on political decisions and to help stakeholders understand what people really think.

In a time of fake news and post-truth politics, our mission to support European democracy by giving people the information they need to hold political establishments to account is more important than ever before. So we will continue to diligently report, check facts and investigate.

With your continued support, we will be here to inform you and make sense of the EU.

EUobserver wishes you a new Europe!

Eric Maurice is editor-in-chief of EUobserver.

Click here to read previous editions of Europe in Review magazines.

Magazine

Europe in Review 2015

EUobserver's third annual review looks back at the main events of 2015: Terrorist attacks in France; the migration crisis; Grexit; and the Ukraine conflict. Download or order your copy here.

Magazine

Europe in Review 2014

EUobserver, in its second annual review, looks back at the main events of 2014: Russia's annexation of Ukraine; the selection of the EU's new top cadre; separatism in Europe and more. Order your copy here.

Magazine

Refugee crisis, the vain search for solidarity

The EU's migration policy in 2016 was marked by a record number of deaths at the Mediterranean and deep rifts among member states on how to handle asylum.

Magazine

Trump: The day that shook the Western world

The election of the property magnate after a campaign marked by racism, sexism and "post-truth" arguments will have consequences for EU security, politics and public debate.

Magazine

Dieselgate: The year that went up in smoke

The outrage at Volkswagen's industrial-scale emissions cheating has not subsided, but the EU and Germany have done little to punish the automaker or provide compensation to its customers.

Magazine

Brexit by accident

The British vote to leave the EU was, in large part, the product of neglect and circumstance. But it is also too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

Magazine

Europe in Review 2016

EUobserver wishes you a new Europe! This year's Europe in Review edition looks back at all the events of 2016 that will define the coming year.

News in Brief

  1. EU adopts 'track-and-trace' tobacco system
  2. Luxembourg appeals Amazon tax decision
  3. EU leaders agree to open phase 2 of Brexit talks
  4. Juncker: May made 'big efforts' on Brexit
  5. Merkel took 'tough' line on Russia at EU summit
  6. EU leaders added line supporting 'two-state' solution
  7. EU leaders agree to 20 European Universities by 2024
  8. Belgian courts end legal proceedings against Puigdemont

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Dialogue PlatformThe Gülen Community: Who to Believe - Politicians or Actions?" by Thomas Michel
  2. Plastics Recyclers Europe65% plastics recycling rate attainable by 2025 new study shows
  3. European Heart NetworkCommissioner Andriukaitis' Address to EHN on the Occasion of Its 25th Anniversary
  4. ACCACFOs Risk Losing Relevance If They Do Not Embrace Technology
  5. UNICEFMake the Digital World Safer for Children & Increase Access for the Most Disadvantaged
  6. European Jewish CongressWelcomes Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and Calls on EU States to Follow Suit
  7. Mission of China to the EUChina and EU Boost Innovation Cooperation Under Horizon 2020
  8. European Gaming & Betting AssociationJuncker’s "Political" Commission Leaves Gambling Reforms to the Court
  9. AJC Transatlantic InstituteAJC Applauds U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital City
  10. EU2017EEEU Telecom Ministers Reached an Agreement on the 5G Roadmap
  11. European Friends of ArmeniaEU-Armenia Relations in the CEPA Era: What's Next?
  12. Mission of China to the EU16+1 Cooperation Injects New Vigour Into China-EU Ties

Latest News

  1. Catalonia, Brexit, and Uber on EU agenda This WEEK
  2. Macron and Merkel take tough line on Poland
  3. Eurozone future needs structural reforms, EU leaders told
  4. Showdown EU vote on asylum looking likely for next June
  5. EU stresses unity as it launches next phase of Brexit talks
  6. Polish PM ready for EU sanctions scrap
  7. Dutchman to lead powerful euro working group
  8. EU mulls post-Brexit balance of euro and non-eurozone states