December 01, 2009 | LISBON'S CONSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTION BY STEALTH
With the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday 1 December, members of the European Parliament, who up to now have been "representatives of the peoples of the States brought together in the Community"(Art.189 TEC), become "representatives of the Union's citizens" (Art.14 TEU). This change in the status of MEPs is but one illustration of the constitutional revolution being brought about by the Lisbon Treaty.
November 30, 2009 | LISBON TREATY COMES INTO FORCE ON TUESDAY
The Lisbon Treaty, which has 99% the same legal effect as the EU Constitution that was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005, comes into force on tomorrow, 1 December.
November 27, 2009 | Barroso II line-up
European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has unveiled his new team of commissioners putting new people in all portfolios, and giving the weightiest economic posts to a Finn, a Spaniard and a Frenchman.
November 27, 2009 | First balancing act for Van Rompuy
New procedural rules being considered by member states show that EU president-designate Herman Van Rompuy will have to manage a delicate power balancing act with the country holding the rotating presidency when he takes up his duties on 1 January.
November 24, 2009 | Soon new powers for MEPs
MEPs are awaiting next week's entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty with impatience as the new institutional rules give the EU assembly a say in an array of new areas, including the EU's money-eating farm policy and its long-term budget.
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
Steph is in her last year of translation studies at the Superior Institute of Translators and Interpreters in Brussels, one of the more prestigious schools of its kind in Europe. However she has one "handicap".
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.