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18 December 2015: European Council discusses EMU

December 18, 2015

In their meeting of 17/18 December 2015 the Heads of State and Government of the European Union discussed the migration crisis, the fight against terrorism, the British reform demands, the completion of the single market, and the Five Presidents' Report. On EMU, they concluded: "14. Further to the Five Presidents' report on completing the Economic […]

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15 October 2015: No progress on future of EMU at European Council

October 18, 2015

The relevant section of the European Council Conclusions states: "6. The European Council took stock of the discussions on the Presidents' report on completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union. The European Council reiterates that the process of completing the Economic and Monetary Union must be taken forward in full respect of the single market and […]

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Europeanizing the Eurozone – by Tomas Dumbrovsky

July 31, 2015

Tomas Dumbrovsky (J.S.D. Candidate at the Yale Law School, Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague and author of the Reports on the Czech Republic and Slovakia) (This comment first appeared on I-CONnect: The way the Greek debt crisis was handled in the last weeks has been a public relations nightmare. The more or […]

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2 February: Tusk presents proposal for New Settlement UK

February 3, 2016

In an unusual display of transparency, on Tuesday 2 February President of the European Council Donald Tusk proposed a New Settlement for the UK, making it immediately available to the public. The proposal includes principles to ensure mutual respect between euro in’s and euro out’s combined with a safeguard mechanism, and recalls that as long […]

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11 February: Tusk meets key figures in UK economic governance discussion

February 11, 2016

On the second day of discussions between member state sherpa's on the proposals for a New Settlement for the UK presented on 2 February by the President of the European Council, Tusk met with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, European Central Bank official Benoit Coeure and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the section on […]

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