May's European elections are fast approaching. For the European Union and the Juncker Commission which has been in position since November 2014, it’s time to review progress. And this time it is positive. Defense, social welfare, trade, budget, research... driven by an active, realistic Franco-German team, the EU is moving forward step by step, with work going on in the background that often passes unnoticed. It is allowing the Old Continent to compete with the United States and China on a wide range of issues. And the trend is set to continue despite Brexit. Leaders league takes look at the EU’s big breakthroughs.

The EU: Superpower or Shackled Power?

May's European elections are fast approaching. For the European Union and the Juncker Commission which has been in position since November 2014, it’s time to review progress. And this time it is positive. Defense, social welfare, trade, budget, research... driven by an active, realistic Franco-German team, the EU is moving forward step by step, with work going on in the background that often passes unnoticed. It is allowing the Old Continent to compete with the United States and China on a wide range of issues. And the trend is set to continue despite Brexit. Leaders league takes look at the EU’s big breakthroughs.

The European Union gets a bad rap when, in fact, it often running like clockwork! It doesn’t necessarily make the headlines, but the European Union is gradually establishing itself as a significant power.

You've Come a Long Way, EU

The European Union gets a bad rap when, in fact, it often running like clockwork! It doesn’t necessarily make the headlines, but the European Union is gradually establishing itself as a significant power.

Since the 1950s, the European Union has been successfully built on the basis of a single market and a common trade policy. The recent increase in tension between China and the United States and the root and branch changes in international trade rules provide an opportunity for the EU to revamp its trade policy.

Foreign Trade: The EU Strikes Back

Since the 1950s, the European Union has been successfully built on the basis of a single market and a common trade policy. The recent increase in tension between China and the United States and the root and branch changes in international trade rules...

From €3 billion in 1984 to €77 billion in 2014. Research is the third largest item of expenditure in the EU today. To take it still further, the Commission would like to spend more and orchestrate synergies between public and private actors.

Research: The EU Provides the Resources

From €3 billion in 1984 to €77 billion in 2014. Research is the third largest item of expenditure in the EU today. To take it still further, the Commission would like to spend more and orchestrate synergies between public and private actors.

Social Europe - From Words to Action

"I would like Europe to have a Triple A social rating, which is as important as having a Triple A economy." Although the wish expressed by Jean-Claude Juncker when he became president of the European Commission in October 2014 has not yet been realiz...

One hundred and sixty-eight. That’s the number of pirate attacks there were in the Gulf of Aden in 2008. That number dropped to just three in 2014, thanks to Operation Atlanta, which was recently extended to the end of 2020. Behind this vast naval operation to secure shipping lanes off the Horn of Africa lies the European Union.

The EU Flexes Its Muscles

One hundred and sixty-eight. That’s the number of pirate attacks there were in the Gulf of Aden in 2008. That number dropped to just three in 2014, thanks to Operation Atlanta, which was recently extended to the end of 2020. Behind this vast naval op...