November 17, 2009 | Decisions on EU top jobs could take time
A deal on the EU top jobs remains far from reach ahead of a special summit on Thursday (19 November) that could require a follow-up meeting the next day.
November 13, 2009 | Eastern member states against secret nominations for EU-posts
Eastern Europe is chipping away at the secretive nomination process for new EU posts created under the Lisbon Treaty, with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves formally throwing his name into the ring on Thursday (12 November).
November 10, 2009 | Poland calls for job interviews for EU top appointments
Poland has made a bid to give smaller EU countries more power in the EU president selection process by calling for candidates to hold job interviews in front of the 27 EU leaders.
November 09, 2009 | Bittersweet feelings as Europeans celebrate end of Berlin Wall
The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago changed the course of EU history. But many people in Europe are still waiting for the political and economic freedoms promised by the event.
November 09, 2009 | European minorities suffer more discrimination as crisis bites
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November 05, 2009 | UK opposition leader to avoid 'bust-up' on Europe
David Cameron, leader of the UK Conservative opposition, has abandoned talk of holding a referendum on the EU's latest treaty but has promised to seek repatriation of powers in key European Union policy areas should his party come to power next year.
November 03, 2009 | Klaus signature completes EU treaty ratification
Czech President Vaclav Klaus has finally signed the Lisbon Treaty, ending a highly drawn out ratification process that left many wondering whether the document's provisions would ever see the light of day.
November 03, 2009 | Czech court gives green light to EU treaty
The Czech Constitutional Court has rejected a challenge to the EU's Lisbon Treaty, paving the way for Czech President Vaclav Klaus to sign it.
October 28, 2009 | Czech decision on Lisbon treaty only after EU summit
The Czech constitutional court has indicated it will rule on whether the Lisbon Treaty is compatible with Czech national law next week, meaning EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (29 October) are unlikely to take a final decision on dividing the top jobs in the European Union.
October 27, 2009 | Juncker declares interest in EU president job
Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker has said he would be willing to be the first president of the European Council, an as-of-yet non-existent post with a hazy job description.
October 24, 2009 | EU states near agreement on diplomatic service
The EU's new foreign minister will have sweeping powers to conduct foreign policy, propose his own budget and name his own staff independently of other EU institutions, according to the latest EU presidency blueprint.
October 23, 2009 | Klaus strikes positive note on EU treaty deal
Czech President Vaclav Klaus has backed away from a major dispute with other EU leaders by indicating that he is satisfied with a proposal to modify the Lisbon Treaty following a last minute demand he made last week.
October 19, 2009 | Barroso unconcerned by Slovak Lisbon statement
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said he is confident that the Lisbon Treaty will be ratified shortly, despite comments made by Slovakia's prime minister over the weekend regarding a possible opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
October 19, 2009 | Slovakia may seek Czech-style opt-out on Lisbon
Slovakia may also seek an opt-out from part of the Lisbon Treaty if the Czech Republic gets an exemption designed to prevent ethnic Germans expelled after World War II from claiming back their property.
October 15, 2009 | Outlines emerging of new EU commission
The next European Commission is set to be filled with conservative and liberal commissioners, feature several familiar faces, and plenty of new job titles. However, when it will be set up remains the great unknown.
October 08, 2009 | Barroso fears powerful 'European president'
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has sided with smaller member states in trying to restrict the role of the proposed president of the European Council, a new post created by the Lisbon Treaty.
October 10, 2009 | Poland ratifies Lisbon Treaty as Czech cloud hangs overhead
Polish President Lech Kaczynski at noon on Saturday (10 October) signed the Lisbon Treaty at a ceremony in Warsaw. But Czech head of state Vaclav Klaus put a dampener on the occasion with attempts to revive World War II-era tensions from his castle in Prague.
October 03, 2009 | The last referendum on EU Treaties
By Jens-Peter Bonde Author, Member of the European Parliament 1979-2008 Friday 2 October 2009 will be seen as a sad day in European history. A re-run of a referendum rejecting the Lisbon Treaty has been approved by a majority of Irish voters. This and a possible British may be the last referendums on EU Treaties. Next time they will amend the Treaties without asking any voters.