RIGA (Reuters) – David Cameron met his EU counterparts on Friday for the first time since his re-election two weeks ago ensured that Britain will have a referendum in the next couple of years on quitting the bloc.
At an EU summit in Riga, Cameron repeated his intention to seek reforms in the Union before giving British voters a choice. [ID:nL5N0YD12D] Fellow leaders say they are willing to cooperate. Looking at Cameron’s election manifesto demands, here is how they might try to accommodate Cameron’s requirements:
RIGA, May 21 (Reuters) – European Union leaders met six
ex-Soviet neighbours on Thursday in Riga, rejecting Russian
“bullying” in the 18 months since their last summit in a once
Kremlin-ruled EU capital sparked conflict in Ukraine.
“The European Union stays the course despite the
intimidation, the aggression, even the war, of the last year,”
said summit chair Donald Tusk. He dismissed Moscow’s fear the EU
was wooing away its former vassals but accused it of “bullying”
them to make up for Russia’s lack of attractions as an ally.
RIGA (Reuters) – European Union leaders began a tense summit in Latvia on Thursday with ex-Soviet neighbors that was overshadowed by the continuing confrontation with Russia triggered by the last such event 18 months ago.
Disagreement over the conflict in Ukraine, and over the EU’s reluctance to hold out membership prospects to the six states in its “Eastern Partnership”, has marked the preparations.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders begin a tense summit on Thursday with ex-Soviet neighbours that will be overshadowed by the continuing confrontation with Russia triggered by the last such event 18 months ago.
Disagreement over the conflict in Ukraine, and over the EU’s reluctance to hold out membership prospects to the six states in its “Eastern Partnership”, have held up drafting of a joint communique to be issued in Riga on Friday, diplomats said.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union executive agreed a plan on Tuesday to streamline how EU law is made and make the process more transparent, in a bid to defuse growing hostility from voters and complaints from business about red tape.
Among employers groups welcoming the “Better Regulation” proposal was the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which said EU reforms strengthened its case for Britain not to quit the bloc.
BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – The European Union executive
will present proposals on Tuesday to streamline how EU law is
made, in a bid to defuse growing hostility from voters and
complaints from business about regulatory red tape.
A draft seen by Reuters of a plan from European Commission
deputy head Frans Timmermans suggests making the European
Parliament and member states carry out more cost-benefit
analysis of amendments they want to make to the executive’s
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia avoided further diplomatic confrontation with Ukraine and the European Union at three-way trade talks on Monday and did not renew previous demands for Kiev’s duty-free deal with the bloc to be put on hold.
Echoing comments from EU and Ukrainian officials, Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told reporters in Brussels that he had not raised the issue of postponing implementation of the EU-Ukraine free trade pact from its Jan. 1, 2016 start date.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to set up a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling people from lawless Libya to Europe.
The EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the decision taken at a meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Brussels would “disrupt the business model of smugglers and traffickers networks in Mediterranean”.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU announced a plan on Wednesday to distribute asylum-seekers more fairly around its member states and take in 20,000 more refugees, but Britain’s newly re-elected Conservative leaders rejected any quota system imposed from Brussels.
Shocked by thousands of deaths among people trying to reach Europe from North Africa across the Mediterranean, the European Union is trying to put in place a fairer way to resettle asylum-seekers at a time when anti-immigration parties are on the rise.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron is not the best liked European leader in Brussels, yet as he seeks changes in the EU to persuade Britons they should stay in, he will not lack offers of friendship
They will come from presidents and fellow prime ministers across the 28-nation European Union and its institutions, none of whom wants to lose the economic, geopolitical and military clout Britain brings to the bloc, however exasperating many find its traditional resistance to closer EU integration.