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Brexit: what does the (rest of the) EU actually want?

When the 27 remaining EU leaders meet for an informal summit in Bratislava this Friday – minus the United Kingdom – Brexit will not officially be on the agenda.

When the 27 remaining EU leaders meet for an informal summit in Bratislava this Friday – minus the United Kingdom – Brexit will not officially be on the agenda.

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To be, or not to be in the EU

In this edition of Utalk Thibault, from Lyon in France asks, “Can a member state leave the European Union and if so what are the consequences for it

In this edition of Utalk Thibault, from Lyon in France asks, “Can a member state leave the European Union and if so what are the consequences for it

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EU to let citizens propose policy

Fancy shaping EU policy? Come April 1st, that should be possible under a new Brussels backed scheme. No, it’s no April Fool. Dubbed the European

Fancy shaping EU policy? Come April 1st, that should be possible under a new Brussels backed scheme. No, it’s no April Fool. Dubbed the European

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EU Presidency slams "eurosceptic" Britain

The head of the rotating EU Presidency has rounded on Britain over its refusal to sign up to new tougher fiscal rules. Speaking in Strasbourg, the

The head of the rotating EU Presidency has rounded on Britain over its refusal to sign up to new tougher fiscal rules. Speaking in Strasbourg, the

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Opposition in Poland to EU's new fiscal treaty

Euro-sceptic Poles voice their opposition to closer European integration at a mass rally in central Warsaw. If Germany and France thought the

Euro-sceptic Poles voice their opposition to closer European integration at a mass rally in central Warsaw. If Germany and France thought the

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Europe's '27 minus 1' agreement

Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel dreamed of a new treaty creating economic unity, but as they failed to secure all 27 signatures, it will only be an

Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel dreamed of a new treaty creating economic unity, but as they failed to secure all 27 signatures, it will only be an

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Britain and the rest of the EU poles apart

While not a total divorce the decision by Britain to go its own separate way clearly marks a fundamental split in the EU. If David Cameron was hoping

While not a total divorce the decision by Britain to go its own separate way clearly marks a fundamental split in the EU. If David Cameron was hoping

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Failure to reach EU-wide accord on treaty change

Attempts among EU leaders to forge agreement among all 27 states on changing treaties to strengthen the euro zone appear to have failed. In the

Attempts among EU leaders to forge agreement among all 27 states on changing treaties to strengthen the euro zone appear to have failed. In the

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Europe's treaty nightmare

In order to make sure greater fiscal discipline is set in stone, Germany and France want treaty change. That is what has to happen they argue, even

In order to make sure greater fiscal discipline is set in stone, Germany and France want treaty change. That is what has to happen they argue, even

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Europe's treaty dilemma

In order to make sure greater fiscal discipline is set in stone, Germany and France announced a new European treaty. That is what has to happen they

In order to make sure greater fiscal discipline is set in stone, Germany and France announced a new European treaty. That is what has to happen they

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Consular protection for EU citizens

The European Union treaties guarantee all EU citizens the right to equal protection, when travelling or living outside the EU and their own country

The European Union treaties guarantee all EU citizens the right to equal protection, when travelling or living outside the EU and their own country

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European Citizens' Initiative

The functioning of the European Citizens’ Initiative, introduced in the Lisbon Treaty, has now been defined. How will it work?

The functioning of the European Citizens’ Initiative, introduced in the Lisbon Treaty, has now been defined. How will it work?

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EU Citizen's Initiative to be in use by end 2011

Last week the first million-signature citizen’s initiative was laid at Brussels’ doorstep, to lobby for a GM crops moratorium, but the official in

Last week the first million-signature citizen’s initiative was laid at Brussels’ doorstep, to lobby for a GM crops moratorium, but the official in

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EU sets sights on treaty change

It is mission accomplished for Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor, backed by France, has won agreement from other European Union leaders to tweak

It is mission accomplished for Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor, backed by France, has won agreement from other European Union leaders to tweak

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EU summit backs German-French call for treaty change

Germany has got what it wants: On the second day of their summit, the 27 EU leaders have already agreed in principle to back calls by Berlin and

Germany has got what it wants: On the second day of their summit, the 27 EU leaders have already agreed in principle to back calls by Berlin and

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Van Rompuy charged with changes to Lisbon Treaty

The man charged with amending the Lisbon Treaty is EU Council President Herman van Rompuy. He must now prepare a study of the consequences of a

The man charged with amending the Lisbon Treaty is EU Council President Herman van Rompuy. He must now prepare a study of the consequences of a

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EU backs treaty changes to shore up fiscal defences

The EU has agreed in principle to back calls by France and Germany to make slight amendments to the Lisbon Treaty, to tighten up the blocs defences

The EU has agreed in principle to back calls by France and Germany to make slight amendments to the Lisbon Treaty, to tighten up the blocs defences

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Barroso gives EU "state of union" address

Jose Manuel Barroso has called on EU countries to show solidarity in tackling Europe’s economic problems over the next year. “We either swim

Jose Manuel Barroso has called on EU countries to show solidarity in tackling Europe’s economic problems over the next year. “We either swim

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EU citizens' initiative 'agenda-setting' innovation

Euronews asks one of the European Commission’s vice-presidents, Maros Sefcovic, about the Lisbon Treaty provision to boost the EU’s democratic

Euronews asks one of the European Commission’s vice-presidents, Maros Sefcovic, about the Lisbon Treaty provision to boost the EU’s democratic

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National parliaments and the EU's Lisbon Treaty

The new Lisbon Treaty increases national parliaments’ involvement in the formation of European legislation. This has been hailed as a constructive

The new Lisbon Treaty increases national parliaments’ involvement in the formation of European legislation. This has been hailed as a constructive

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Test time for EU's new Lisbon figures

The first EU leaders’ Council summit to be held under the newly-approved Lisbon reform Treaty means adjusting to new ways of doing things. Finland’s

The first EU leaders’ Council summit to be held under the newly-approved Lisbon reform Treaty means adjusting to new ways of doing things. Finland’s

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EU's Rompuy on tour, Ashton under fire

Herman Van Rompuy is making the rounds of the EU capitals in his role as the European Council’s newly-appointed full-time president. The Belgian

Herman Van Rompuy is making the rounds of the EU capitals in his role as the European Council’s newly-appointed full-time president. The Belgian

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Lisbon Treaty launched with Joy and fado

The Lisbon Treaty is finally in force. The European Union charter reforms the institutional machinery for the 27-nation bloc, aiming to make

The Lisbon Treaty is finally in force. The European Union charter reforms the institutional machinery for the 27-nation bloc, aiming to make

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Lisbon Treaty comes into force

European politicians are celebrating the launch of a new way to manage the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty has come into force and EU leaders

European politicians are celebrating the launch of a new way to manage the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty has come into force and EU leaders

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Interview: Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates

At 52, José Sócrates has just been elected for a second time as Portugal’s prime minister. Despite the economic crisis Socrates remains confident

At 52, José Sócrates has just been elected for a second time as Portugal’s prime minister. Despite the economic crisis Socrates remains confident

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New EU chapter begins as Lisbon Treaty takes effect

The EU’s Lisbon Treaty goes into force today. And at the Jeronimos Monastery in the Portuguese capital, where the document was signed

The EU’s Lisbon Treaty goes into force today. And at the Jeronimos Monastery in the Portuguese capital, where the document was signed

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Lisbon Treaty opens a new chapter of EU history

Years in the making, the often controversial Lisbon reform treaty comes into force today, aiming to boost the European Union on the world stage by

Years in the making, the often controversial Lisbon reform treaty comes into force today, aiming to boost the European Union on the world stage by

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Lisbon Treaty, from signing to launch

A stone plaque in Jeronimos Monastery in Portugal’s capital marks where the Lisbon Treaty was signed almost two years ago. For the leaders of the 27

A stone plaque in Jeronimos Monastery in Portugal’s capital marks where the Lisbon Treaty was signed almost two years ago. For the leaders of the 27