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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has revived the idea of a two-speed Europe, with the group of Eurozone countries moving ahead while the remaining EU states follow behind. But is it at all possible to deepen integration in the Eurozone without splitting up the Union?

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Friday, 29. June 2012

Mátyás Eörsi on the contradictory nature of the EU

If the member states are not willing to transfer sovereignty rights to Brussels the EU won't be able to survive in the long term, journalist Mátyás Eörsi predicts in the left-liberal weekly Magyar Narancs: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 28. June 2012

Europe heading for a two-speed Union

Europe's governments lack the will to find a long-term solution to the crisis, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten complains, fearing that a two-speed Europe will be the result: » more

Les Echos - France | Monday, 5. March 2012

Van Rompuy simply too inconspicuous

The European heads of state and government unanimously reconfirmed Herman Van Rompuy as EU Council President on Thursday, but his re-election was hardly reported in the media. This has a lot to do with the unobtrusive personality of the Council President, the liberal business paper Les Echos writes: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Thursday, 1. March 2012

Czech Republic defends British interests

The British and Czech prime ministers David Cameron and Petr Nečas are travelling to Brussels together today for the start of the EU spring summit in a bid to to underscore their no to the fiscal compact for more budget discipline. But Nečas is on the wrong track, the liberal Mladá fronta Dnes writes: » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Monday, 13. February 2012

Timothy Garton Ash recommends Europe should help Germany

Germany will not be able to lead the EU from the crisis without the help of the French and the British, writes the British historian and commentator Timothy Garton Ash in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel, comparing Europe with a car chauffeured by an unwilling German Chancellor Angela Merkel: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 9. February 2012

Northern European Union endangers EU

The heads of government of the Baltic and Scandinavian countries as well as the UK convened for two-day talks in Stockholm on Wednesday. At the Northern Future Forum they are discussing how to face mutual challenges in the future. The meeting should not be allowed to increase the rift in Europe, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter warns: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Thursday, 2. February 2012

Tomáš Sedláček on the Czech Republic's strange isolationism

The Czech Republic's No to the new EU fiscal compact has left the country even more isolated than before, the economist Tomáš Sedláček fears in the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 20. January 2012

Jacques Rupnik on the Czechs' irrational attitude to Europe

The Czechs' attitude to Europe in the current crisis is irrational, laments the French political scientist Jacques Rupnik, himself a native of Prague, in an interview with the business paper Hospodářské noviny: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 19. January 2012

Small victory for Czech opponents to euro

The Czechs will vote in a referendum on their country's accession to the fiscal union, the government decided on Wednesday against the will of Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg's pro-American coalition TOP 09. The conservative daily Lidové noviny believes the decision to hold a referendum is a small victory for the country's euro adversaries: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 17. January 2012

Edouard Tétreau on the destructive dream of the rating agencies

The European states are allowing themselves to be pitted against each other by the rating agencies instead of concentrating on their own strengths, complains the business consultant Edouard Tétreau in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Friday, 13. January 2012

Czechs must accept EU austerity regulations

In the Czech Republic an open dispute has broken out between President Václav Klaus and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg about whether the country should submit to tougher EU regulations. The liberal daily Mladá Fronta Dnes urges moderation, saying that the Czech Republic has no alternative: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 10. January 2012

Merkel and Sarkozy acting selfishly

The French-German summit in Berlin on Monday has upped the pressure on the other EU countries to undertake reforms and is forcing them to make some quick decisions, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 9. January 2012

Germany prone to megalomania

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has warned Germany not to succumb to megalomania in its defence of the euro. Small states react sensitively when Merkel and Sarkozy decide policy between themselves and then merely inform the others of the result, Schwarzenberg stated in an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The conservative daily Lidové noviny welcomes the minister's clear words: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Monday, 2. January 2012

A great chance for a small country

Denmark must prevent the EU from falling apart during its six-month EU presidency, the left-liberal daily Politiken comments: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 2. January 2012

Copenhagen has too little clout

In the midst of the euro crisis it doesn't make sense to give the EU Council presidency to a country that doesn't belong to the monetary union, the liberal daily La Stampa points out: » more

Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 28. December 2011

2011 surpasses 1989

Just as in the course of history only a few people stay in our memories the same is true with the years, writes Lluís Bassets in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante, and says 2011 was more historical than 1989 when the Eastern bloc collapsed: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 19. December 2011

Euro rescuers on the wrong path

Discussion of the decisions made at the Brussels crisis summit for saving the euro continues unabated. But the resolutions are headed in the wrong direction, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Upsala Nya Tidning - Sweden | Sunday, 18. December 2011

New EU creates power imbalance

Sweden is not a member of the Eurozone, and the new stability pact resolved at the EU summit on December 9 is the subject of considerable controversy in the country. Of the four conservative governing parties only the Liberals welcome the pact without reservations while the others have adopted a wait-and-see attitude. The liberal daily Upsala Nya Tidning sides with the sceptics and fears that Sweden will lose influence: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Friday, 16. December 2011

Cameron's EU veto plunges UK into its own euro crisis

With his veto at the EU summit a week ago British Prime Minister David Cameron has left himself isolated and in a very tight spot, the liberal weekly The Economist fears: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Thursday, 15. December 2011

Czech Republic lacking solidarity on euro bailout

The Czech government remains hesitant about whether to go along with the decisions taken recently at the EU summit on the euro bailout. In doing so it is repeating the mistakes of the past and behaving opportunistically and without principles, writes the left-leaning daily Právo: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 14. December 2011

Ian Burama calls for more commitment to European dream

The idea of a united Europe can't simply be given up in these times of crisis, writes Ian Burama, professor of democracy and human rights in an article published in the daily Público: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Thursday, 15. December 2011

New EU states more disciplined than old

The Eastern European EU member states are the model pupils regarding budgetary discipline nowadays although the Western members had feared the contrary during the EU expansion. But Europe now threatens to go bankrupt because of its old members, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik observes: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 14. December 2011

Czech Republic can't survive on its own

The Czech government wants to decide today whether it will abide by the wishes of the EU summit and participate in the extended euro bailout mechanism, the ESM. There are many indications that Prague will refuse, leading the business paper Hospodářské noviny to urge Czechs to look beyond their own noses: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 14. December 2011

Euro pact still inadequate

The fiscal pact with automatic sanctions on which all EU countries with the exception of the UK have agreed is insufficient and comes too late, writes François Heisbourg, expert for strategy and security policy, in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 14. December 2011

Finland must back ESM

The EU summit's proposal for the qualified majority principle to be adopted for decision-making within the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) has met with tough opposition in Finland, especially from the Social Democrats (SDP). The SDP, which forms part of the governing coalition, has raised concerns that qualified majority voting would conflict with the country's constitution. Finland must not try to evade its responsibilities in the search for a solution to the euro crisis, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat writes: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Wednesday, 14. December 2011

Growth incentives completely lacking

Since the end of last week's EU summit the government and parliament in Denmark have been engaged in intense discussions about the planned euro pact. The ruling Socialist People's Party has adopted a far more critical stance than its coalition partners the Social Liberal Party and the Social Democrats. The left-liberal daily Politiken sees a lack of growth incentives in the deal: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Wednesday, 14. December 2011

Sweden already fulfils euro pact criteria

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday asked parliament for more time to consider whether the country should participate in the new euro pact. For the daily Göteborgs-Posten Sweden would do well to join in: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Tuesday, 13. December 2011

Jonathan Powell on Cameron's big betrayal

With his veto on amending the EU treaties David Cameron has sacrificed Britain's leading role within Europe, writes Jonathan Powell, chief of staff under ex-British prime minister Tony Blair: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 13. December 2011

Parliament rejects isolation

David Cameron's EU veto may have delighted his Conservative Party, but in the British parliamentary debate on Monday a majority of MPs were outspokenly in favour of the EU, writes the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 13. December 2011

The UK still has a lot to offer Europe

If Europe loses the UK it will lose its most innovative member state, the left-liberal daily El País warns: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 13. December 2011

Euroscepticism a democratic impulse

The British veto of the latest EU plans testify to a democratic desire to respect the will of the people, writes the left-liberal daily Delo: » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Saturday, 10. December 2011

Europe needs fiscal union

The deal on more budgetary discipline agreed by Europe's heads of state and government on Friday in Brussels paves the way for a true fiscal union, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: » more

Trud - Bulgaria | Sunday, 11. December 2011

EU summit leaves financial markets cold

The agreement on stricter budget regulations reached on Friday in Brussels by all of the EU states except the UK has failed to calm the global financial markets, writes the daily Trud in dissatisfaction: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 12. December 2011

UK is the US's Trojan Horse in Europe

British Prime Minister David Cameron rejected changes to the EU treaties aimed at introducing stricter budget policy at the EU summit on Friday. The UK has once again shown how it aligns itself with on financial policy, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Monday, 12. December 2011

Cyril Svoboda on the Czechs as the EU's grumblers

During a visit from his Russian colleague Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on Thursday, Czech President Václav Klaus proposed a massive intensification of relations between the two countries. Against the backdrop of the Czech Republic's hesitant attitude to the EU summit's pact for greater budget discipline, the former Czech foreign minister Cyril Svoboda worries about Klaus' intentions in the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Friday, 9. December 2011

Summit divides EU

The resolutions adopted in Brussels will unavoidably lead to a two-speed Europe, writes the liberal business paper Handelsblatt: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 9. December 2011

Europe spares private creditors too late

Private creditors are no longer to be involved in debt restructuring measures for struggling euro countries. But this initiative comes too late, writes the liberal ... » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 9. December 2011

British premier forces division of Europe

The 17 euro states and six further countries have resolved to sign a treaty of their own while the UK and other countries have refused to follow suit. This will leave Europe divided, writes the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more

Libération - France | Friday, 9. December 2011

The United States of Europe

In view of the resolutions passed at the EU summit in Brussels, the left-liberal daily Libération calls for stronger political integration in Europe: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 8. December 2011

Van Rompuy holds EU together

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has judged the changes to the EU treaties called for by Berlin and Paris as unnecessary, leading Germany to warn of 'Brussels' tricks'. That is going too far, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 8. December 2011

Explosive letter from Merkozy

In a letter to EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Sarkozy called on Wednesday for changes to the EU treaties in a bid to bring the debt crisis under control. But potential conflicts lurk behind the unclearly formulated demands, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita fears: » more

Expansión - Spain | Tuesday, 6. December 2011

Europe needs true economic government

Germany and France are forging ahead with the development of an economic government in the Eurozone, the business paper Expansión writes approvingly: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 6. December 2011

UK must not block treaties

If the EU treaties are renegotiated the UK must participate in the process, the liberal-conservative daily the Financial Times urges, otherwise it would "risk shunting ... » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 6. December 2011

Sarkozy plays lackey to Berlin

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy gave in to German Chancellor Merkel in every respect during their negotiations in Paris, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Les Echos - France | Tuesday, 6. December 2011

Protecting private investors stabilises euro

The European Court of Justice will in future be able to monitor compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact, and there will be no more debt restructuring like that in Greece. This is an important step toward a full euro bailout, writes the liberal business paper Les Echos: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 6. December 2011

Further step in the euro balancing act

France and Germany are entirely right to press for a reform of the EU treaties ahead of the EU summit on Thursday and Friday, writes the conservative daily Die Welt: » more

Gândul - Romania | Monday, 5. December 2011

Merkozy's plans hard to implement

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel plan to present proposals today in Paris for changes to the EU treaties, which the EU heads of state and government will then discuss at their summit meeting in Brussels on Friday. Should the summit support the plans, it will nevertheless be difficult to convince people in the EU of their merits, writes the liberal daily Gândul: » more

Nasz Dziennik - Poland | Tuesday, 29. November 2011

Rating agencies a threat to nation states

The US rating agency Moody's warned for the first time on Monday that the crisis could also have a negative impact on the creditworthiness of ... » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 29. November 2011

Ulrich Beck calls for less German nationalism in saving the euro

The euro crisis offers Europe the chance to become a democracy among neighbouring states rather than being a Europe of bureaucrats, writes sociologist Ulrich Beck in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 28. November 2011

Antonio Puri Purini calls on Berlin to show its commitment to Europe

According to reports in the media the governments of Germany and France are working on a stability pact for the Eurozone that would protect thrifty countries that maintain budgetary discipline against the attacks of the financial markets. This division must be prevented in favour of a one-speed Europe, the former Italian ambassador to Germany Antonio Puri Purini urges in an open letter to Angela Merkel published by the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 25. November 2011

Save the euro bonds for later

Issuing euro bonds is not the right approach to the euro crisis, writes the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Cinco Días - Spain | Friday, 25. November 2011

Berlin and Paris speed up euro rescue

With the goal of creating a fiscal union and tougher sanctions for deficit sinners Berlin and Paris are setting a new pace, comments the left-liberal business paper Cinco Días: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 24. November 2011

Michiel van Hulten for a two-speed Europe

The debt crisis has shown that the European Union in its current form has failed, the former social democratic member of the European Parliament Michiel van Hulten writes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant, and argues in favour of a two-speed Europe: » more

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Wednesday, 16. November 2011

Only Estonia sees itself as part of core Europe

Estonia's Prime Minister Andrus Ansip delivered a speech to parliament on Tuesday on the course his country plans to chart in its EU policy. But in the eyes of the tabloid Õhtuleht he left several key questions unanswered: » more

Trud - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 15. November 2011

Evgeni Dainov on the advantages of a two-speed EU

As a result of the euro crisis more and more politicians are speaking out in favour of a two-speed Europe. Bulgaria would be far better off outside the hard core of the EU, writes political scientist Evgeni Dainov in the daily Trud: » more

Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | Monday, 14. November 2011

Lithuania should stick to euro introduction

Lithuania wants to introduce the euro in 2014. The conservative daily Lietuvos Zinios weighs the consequences of such a move in view of the debate over a two-speed Europe: » more

Cinco Días - Spain | Friday, 11. November 2011

Two-speed Europe endangers euro

A two-speed Europe such as being pushed for by French President Nicholas Sarkozy threatens the unity of the Eurozone, the left-liberal business paper Cinco Días warns: » more

Blog Charlemagne - United Kingdom | Friday, 11. November 2011

Sarkozy's formula divides Europe

During a debate with students on Tuesday French President Nicolas Sarkozy advocated a two-speed Europe in which the countries of the Eurozone would be more closely integrated than the remaining countries. The blog Charlemagne's Notebook in the liberal-conservative weekly The Economist says the idea is good but fears that the wrong approach could be taken when put into practice: » more

La Tribune - France | Tuesday, 4. October 2011

Athens crisis demands a new Europe

The decision on the next instalment of the bailout payments to Greece was postponed until early November by the EU finance ministers at their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. That gives Europe 30 days to reinvent itself, the business paper La Tribune writes: » more


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