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July 22, 2008 | Bonde calls for Referendum in 2009
French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested today that the Irish revote on the Lisbon Treaty in June 2009. The French president's strategy for holding a second poll will be unveiled at the December Summit in Brussels.
July 22, 2008 | June 2009: date for Irish revote
French President Nicholas Sarkozy has proposed to the Irish prime minister that a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty be held on the same day as elections to the European Parliament next June.
July 22, 2008 | Ukraine making steps towards EU association
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed French proposals for the EU to sign an "association" pact with Ukraine in September, amid uncertainty over what the move could mean for Ukraine's EU membership aspirations.
July 18, 2008 | Bulgarian corruption draws sanctions from Brussels
The European Commission is next week to release a report harshly criticising Bulgaria for the way it has been handling EU funds, and suspend payments to two of the country's agencies charged with managing EU projects.
July 16, 2008 | Sarkozy calls for new Irish vote
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that Ireland will have to vote once more on the EU treaty, in a move bound to ruffle feathers in Dublin, which has yet to say publicly how it plans to react to last month's treaty rejection.
July 14, 2008 | Union for the Mediterranean launched
France officially announced the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean on Sunday (13 July). The brainchild of its president Nicolas Sarkozy, who did not hide his pride in seeing the project's official birth.
July 08, 2008 | France imposes its hard line immigration proposal
EU interior ministers have thrown their weight behind French-drafted proposals that aim to give the 27-nation bloc new tools to crack down on clandestine migrants, rejecting concerns that they are erecting a wall around Europe.
The European Commission will next week offer €1 billion from the EU's unspent agriculture funds to help farmers from poorest countries boost their food production.
July 03, 2008 | The EUDemocrats support the Irish vote
This week we bring you a series of news about the EUD activity around Europe concerning the events in Ireland of last month. Members of the EUD showed support and enthusiasm in the results of the Irish Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, all stressing the need to respect the voice of the voters. This article gives you a sample of this EU wide support.
July 02, 2008 | Polish President softens on the Lisbon Treaty
Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Tuesday (1 July) toned down his rhetoric against the Lisbon treaty, with the French EU presidency also downplaying the mini crisis and analysts saying Mr Kaczynski's stance is a bargaining tool for foreign policy concessions.
June 30, 2008 | French EU Presidency starts tomorrow
On Tuesday 1 July, France takes over the EU presidency armed with a big country's sense of the natural order of things, a hyperactive president and a lengthy list of priorities.
June 25, 2008 | MEP report might slow enlargement
MEPs in the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday (24 June) approved an enlargement report stressing that the EU's own capacity to absorb new states should be taken into account when considering membership applications in the future.
June 24, 2008 | US criticizes EU nuclear security
Most European sites containing US nuclear weapons are failing to meet security standards set by the Pentagon, a report has shown.
June 22, 2008 | Ireland has no early solution for the Lisbon problem
Over the course of hours of crisis talks in Brussels, Ireland found itself under heavy pressure to do something to fix its voters' rejection of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.
June 18, 2008 | What next, Europe?
By Jens Peter Bonde, President of the EU Democrats: On Thursday and Friday 19~20 June the European leaders will meet in Brussels and decide that the remaining ratifications of the Lisbon Treaty must continue as if there had been no referendum in Ireland. The leaders want to see 26 ratifications and then ask Ireland to have a re-run.
June 16, 2008 | Sarkozy to face disident Czech President over the Lisbon Treaty
French president Nicolas Sarkozy will today (16 June) fly to Prague for emergency talks on the Lisbon Treaty with the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, with Czech president Vaclav Klaus declaring the treaty dead after the Irish No vote.
June 13, 2008 | Lisbon Treaty rejected: Forward for Democracy in the EU!
While the counting is still undergoing, the vast majority of constituencies in Ireland show a clear win for the 'no' camp after yesterday's vote on the Lisbon Treaty.
June 11, 2008 | The moment of truth
The sinuous journey of the Lisbon Treaty shall we call it EU Constitution? has reached its moment of truth. Deprived of their own rights, almost half a billion citizens across the EU wonder how the Irish will cast their ballots tomorrow.