Definition of pro-European in US English:



  • (of a person, attitude, or policy) favoring or supporting closer links with the European Union.

    • ‘He has also worked for pro-European referendum campaigns in Poland and Hungary.’
    • ‘But he gave no concession to former Chancellor and pro-European Ken Clarke over changing the party's current opposition to joining the European single currency.’
    • ‘On November 22, Short directly linked her anti-US remarks with a pro-European position.’
    • ‘And unlike the Christian Democratic Union, which has the legacy of Helmut Kohl to fall back on, the SPD has lacked pro-European credentials.’
    • ‘Even mild-mannered pro-European David Curry - no doubt livid that a divisive European referendum would now be called - stuck the boot in.’
    • ‘They also expressed a readiness for keeping the pro-NATO and pro-European Union accession policies.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the current, pro-European position of the Labour Party, which abandoned its policy of quitting the EU in the mid-1980s, is unpopular.’
    • ‘An astonishing majority of Scottish voters cast their vote for candidates and parties running on pro-European tickets.’
    • ‘No Italian government was more assiduously pro-European.’
    • ‘Tony Blair will be forced to shelve the controversial European constitution treaty if the French reject it today, with leading pro-European allies declaring they will abandon the fight.’
    • ‘They also focused in on Kennedy's avid pro-European policies.’
    • ‘And Mr Brown, who cautiously backed Mr Blair's pro-European calls, will today meet the bosses of the pro-euro Britain in Europe campaign.’
    • ‘Labour must come clean as an unequivocally, unambiguously and patriotically pro-European party.’
    • ‘A pro-European Labour source said: ‘This is about educating our party members.’’
    • ‘There is a vacuum where pro-European arguments should be.’
    • ‘He is pro-European Union and pro-US - neither of which fit easy with the claim that he is still a fascist.’
    • ‘With respect to Europe, the Berlusconi government has essentially continued Italy's pro-European line.’
    • ‘Men are more pro-European than women while the media appears heavily to influence people's attitudes.’
    • ‘At some point they understood you can win elections with pro-European politics, because voters feel that will improve their living standards.’
    • ‘He said that the ‘modern long-term and deep-seated pro-European consensus in Britain about Britain's role in Europe and Europe's role in the world can and will be built’.’


  • A person who favors or supports closer links with the European Union.

    • ‘His strategy is to invent a ‘straw man’ argument and then knock it down in an attempt to make pro-Europeans look silly.’
    • ‘But what would a party of pro-Europeans rather do, alienate Chile or alienate Spain?’
    • ‘Prominent pro-Europeans predicted privately that the government could win a crushing majority, comparable to the two-thirds who voted Yes in 1975.’
    • ‘The task for the pro-Europeans in the Labour cabinet is to slip off the leash more often, to make a more aggressive case for monetary union.’
    • ‘Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy called on all pro-Europeans to unite behind the campaign to secure a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum on the constitution.’
    • ‘The post-mortems and the recriminations are already beginning within the Tories, with senior pro-Europeans swift to criticise the emphasis in the campaign on the euro at the expense of issues such as public services.’
    • ‘The new Europe minister insists he is no Eurosceptic, but declares bluntly that even pro-Europeans have to accept reality.’
    • ‘But the reality is that pro-Europeans are driving a project that leads inevitably to a superstate, which most of us don't want.’
    • ‘The campaigns director for Britain in Europe, Simon Buckby, said the introduction of the currency was a ‘dream moment’ for pro-Europeans.’
    • ‘Any of the pro-Europeans who think the EU will be good for us must be living in cloud cuckoo land.’
    • ‘To the delight of pro-Europeans, who fear that a referendum may be delayed until after the next general election, the prime minister said he was determined to ‘push forward’.’
    • ‘‘The best of us pro-Europeans should show how the challenges of globalisation can be met in the next five years,’ Brown said.’
    • ‘It would allow pro-Europeans across the continent to speak out without ‘being accused of being anti-European’, even in France, he said.’
    • ‘But of course this letter is just what the pro-Europeans at the BBC need.’
    • ‘Like pro-Europeans in all parties, Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, welcomed the statement, saying no one wished to be blamed for being ‘the obstacle that caused the crash’.’
    • ‘The ‘lies, errors and other types of misleading reporting’ of pro-Europeans of course seem to be missed out.’
    • ‘And isn't that just what so many pro-Europeans used to say about the pound as a ‘punchbag currency’ between the dollar and euro zones?’
    • ‘‘They wanted to get something out this side of the elections to keep the pro-Europeans happy but it doesn't commit them at all,’ said Mr Kirkhope.’
    • ‘I would like to ask our pro-Europeans to explain why Brussels cannot get their accounts audited for the eleventh year running.’
    • ‘One positive outcome of the laborious build-up to the great statement was the appearance of a larger number of keen pro-Europeans in the cabinet.’