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Dave Keating
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is an American journalist based in Brussels covering European politics for France24.

Emmanuel Macron’s big idea for an EU constitutional convention may be watered down by Ursula von der Leyen into a sideshow that could then be ignored. The European Parliament, however, wants it to achieve real reform.


Europe has been left as a spectator in the US-Iran conflict as the EU half-heartedly tries to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.


As national leaders debate the next long-term EU budget, climate and defense are proving the two most contentious issues.


This year’s shambles around appointing Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission President shown just how absurd the system has become.


On November 1, the UK was supposed to have left the EU, and Ursula von der Leyen was supposed to start her job as Commission President. Neither will happen.


Boris Johnson has traded a hypothetical, temporary, all-UK backstop for a certain, permanent one for Northern Ireland only. Meanwhile, France is blocking accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. 


MEPs promised Emmanuel Macron they would take vengeance for his destruction of the Spitzenkandidat system. They’ve kept their word.


The European Parliament has rejected the Hungarian and Romanian commissioner nominees, and the Polish nominee is in serious trouble.


The new European Commission line-up signals an appetite to take on the United States, China, and Russia


The German defence minister has squeaked through by just nine votes. But it is the EU institutions, and not Von der Leyen, who are to blame.


The European Council’s pick is in serious doubt after MEPs left meetings with her this week unimpressed.


By choosing Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council has thrown down the gauntlet to the European Parliament.


Angela Merkel’s carefully-crafted compromise idea was rejected by centrist members of her EPP group, including Ireland’s Leo Varadkar.


National leaders were unable to agree this week on who to appoint for any of the EU’s top jobs.


The much-heralded far-right alliance of Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini isn’t much different from the alliance they’ve already had.


Appointing the EU’s presidents may involve a protracted fight between countries, political groups, and EU institutions.