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31/08/2016

European elections reform backed by MEPs from three groups only

People: Guy Verhofstadt


Future EU 18-07-2016

Kaufmann: Brexit means EU 'has a mountain to climb ahead of it'

A debate about the future development of the EU has raged across the continent since the UK's Brexit vote. While many believe this is the beginning of the end, others, like Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann MEP, see it as an opportunity to start afresh. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 05-07-2016

Verhofstadt: 'Only a woman is capable to manage a divided Tory party'

Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday (5th July), ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt said that “the last man standing in Britain will be a woman.”
UK & Europe 25-06-2016

Parliament: No deal for a new EU-UK relationship before Brexit activation

In an effort to protect EU’s integrity, European Parliament party leaders have urged David Cameron to fully respect the British citizens' will and “immediately” activate Article 50 of the Treaty to start Britain's EU withdrawal process.
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

UK 2017 EU presidency raises concerns

Even though it is already on an exit trajectory, the UK is still due to assume the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July 2017. But it would be surreal if the UK presides over a Union that it is going to leave.
24-06-2016

France responds to the 'shock' of Brexit

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union will take effect from 2019. For the French, Brexit came as a surprise: a sad one for some, a happy one for others. For some French Europhiles, it is even a breath of fresh air. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 10-06-2016

European Parliament plans extraordinary session in case of Brexit vote

As the European Parliament's last session before the UK referendum drew to a close in Strasbourg, some MEPs openly expressed concerns over Brexit, while others chose to hide their heads in the sand. EurActiv France reports.

Theodorakis: ‘Policy inaction feeds xenophobia, not poverty’

Populism and fear favoured by policy inaction have helped xenophobia and racism flourish, according to Stavros Theodorakis, leader of the centre-left Potami party, who spoke to EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
UK & Europe 26-05-2016

UKIP MEP: Vote me out of my job

UK Independence Party MEP Patrick O’Flynn is a poacher-turned-gamekeeper, a former political journalist for the Daily Express, turned MEP for UKIP.
Elections 13-04-2016

MEPs rap Poland over rule of law

MEPs passed today (13 April) a non-binding resolution, calling on the Polish authorities to restore the ability of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to uphold its Constitution and guarantee respect for the rule of law.
UK & Europe 12-04-2016

Brexit-backing Tory leader's rude gesture to federalist Verhofstadt

Britain's most senior Conservative MEP Syed Kamall was today (12 April) caught on camera making a rude gesture towards ALDE boss Guy Verhoftsadt, during the plenary debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
EU Priorities 2020 08-04-2016

The week when Europe was hit by a perfect storm

The result of the Dutch referendum was the latest in a series of serious setbacks for the European project. The second week of April could be remembered as the moment when all the fronts in Europe’s multifaceted crisis started to converge, writes Jorge Valero.
Global Europe 23-03-2016

Juncker warms to the idea of an EU intelligence agency

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today (23 March) that better cooperation of the member states secret services was needed to respond to the challenge of terrorism.
Future EU 16-03-2016

Elmar Brok: 'The idea that the EU will not advance any further is false'

EU treaty changes are laborious and come with a great deal of uncertainty. As a result, the European Parliament is assessing an own-initiative report that intends to assess what reforms of the functioning of the EU are possible without treaty changes. EurActiv Germany reports.
Security 09-03-2016

EU parliament slams 'sultan' Erdogan on Turkey deal

European Parliament lawmakers accused the EU Wednesday of giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the "keys to the gates of Europe" through a migration crisis deal with Ankara.

MEPs refuse to vote on PNR before Council strengthens data protection

The ideological battle over the proposed system of recording air passenger information raged on this Monday (7 March), as MEPs refused to vote on the bill. EurActiv France reports.

Socialist MEPs cast doubt on UK's EU migrant benefit curbs

Members of the European Parliament today (24 February)  cast doubt on Prime Minister David Cameron’s deal to curb EU migrant benefits, raising the possibility of voting down the emergency brake after the 23 June referendum on Britain’s membership of the bloc.
UK & Europe 16-02-2016

Cameron fails to get EU Parliament assurances over emergency brake

UK Prime Minister David Cameron today (16 February) in Brussels failed to gain assurances from European Parliament leaders that they would pass unchanged the so-called emergency brake mechanism to stop new EU migrants to Britain claiming in-work benefits.
Central Europe 03-02-2016

MEPs' migration debate turns into ‘stress test’ of European values

We are on a stress test of our European values, Bert Koenders, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister admitted in the European Parliament yesterday (2 February), following a 5-hour debate on the ongoing migration crisis, in which more than 150 statements were made.
Central Europe 20-01-2016

Polish premier tells MEPs Warsaw breached no laws

Poland's prime minister told MEPs yesterday (19 January) that her government had not breached European or Polish laws, after the EU began an investigation into charges that Warsaw was undermining democratic principles.

Harlem Désir: ‘We urgently need an effective PNR system’

France is pushing to accelerate the adoption of the European Passenger Name Record (PNR). The French Minister of State for European affairs urged MEPs to support the bill, and to reach an agreement by the end of the year.
Elections 23-11-2015

Liberal ALDE party elects Hans Van Baalen as new President

MEP Hans van Baalen (VVD), a Dutch member of the European Parliament, was elected the new President of the ALDE Party at the ALDE Party Congress in Budapest on Saturday (21 November), triumphing over former Estonian Commissioner Siim Kallas.
UK & Europe 19-11-2015

Making the Brexit deal ‘formal, legally-binding and irreversible’

If the heads of government want to placate Cameron, they can promise to change the treaty in the future, but such a promise will be neither legally-binding nor irreversible, writes Andrew Duff.

Verhofstadt calls for creation of EU intelligence agency

Faced with the failure of European security cooperation, the leader of the Liberals in the European Parliament has called for the creation of an EU intelligence agency. EurActiv France reports
Elections 13-11-2015

European elections reform backed by MEPs from three groups only

Only MEPs from the EPP, the Socialists & Democrats, and ALDE have voted in favour of making the next European elections more “European”, according to a study published by VoteWatch Europe yesterday (12 November).