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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.
June 09, 2008 | Med Union plan faces Arab skepticism
A number of Arab countries are worried that if they join the EU's planned Mediterranean Union together with Israel, it would imply a normalisation of bilateral relations, with the Algerian foreign minister stressing that an overall vision for the project still has to be agreed.
June 09, 2008 | Letters on a Referendum
It has been a busy few weeks in the EU circles, as the Irish Referendum is almost here. The EUD President has sent a number of Letters to the Editor to the Irish Press, and here you have a chance to see them.
June 05, 2008 | Last chance for a referendum in Britain
There are three key events next week that are absolutely crucial for Britain's future relationship with the EU. The first is Stuart Wheeler judicial review to be heard on Monday, 9 June and Tuesday, 10 June in the High Court. The review concerns the Government's decision to break its promise of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
June 04, 2008 | European Parliament seeks 'new era' for foreign policy
The European Parliament is seeking to bolster its role in the bloc's common foreign and security policy (CFSP), with senior MEPs saying it is time for Europe to become a "player and not just a payer" on the world stage.
May 30, 2008 | French opposition to Turkey's bid to the EU is reinforced
The lower house of the French parliament on Thursday (29 May) approved an amendment to constitutional reforms that could make it compulsory for France to hold a referendum on large countries joining the EU, in a move targeting Turkey.