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23/01/2017

EU hits Poland with new rule of law deadline, sanctions remain ‘in toolbox’

People: Guy Verhofstadt


Elections 19-01-2017

Schulz’s departure paves way for leftist alliance in EU Parliament

The decision of former European Parliament President Martin Schulz to return to national politics came as a “relief” for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) who now have their hands free to forge alliances with political parties on the left, S&D sources told EurActiv in Strasbourg.
UK & Europe 18-01-2017

Squabble over Boris Johnson’s World War Two jibe 

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson compared Brexit negotiations to World War Two “punishment beatings” on Wednesday (18 January), just 24 hours after Theresa May had warned about “hyped up media reports making it harder for us to get the right deal for Britain”.
Elections 18-01-2017

Guy Verhofstadt's flagrant opportunism in the name of Europe

Guy Verhofstadt’s support dragged Italian conservative Antonio Tajani over the line in the European Parliament’s presidential election yesterday (17 January). This is a dark signal for a Europe in crisis. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
UK & Europe 18-01-2017

Europeans ask May: Where is the give for all this take?

European leaders applauded Theresa May for providing clarity by finally outlining her plan for a clean break with the EU, but said she needed to be realistic about the price Britain would pay for leaving.
Elections 17-01-2017

Tajani triumphant in historic Parliament presidency vote

Following intense political negotiations, centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) candidate Antonio Tajani was elected this evening (17 January) as president of the European Parliament.

Elections 17-01-2017

Socialists and Democrats push for ‘progressive’ coalition

Guy Verhofstadt’s decision to form an alliance with the European People’s Party (EPP) and back their candidate has triggered strong reactions on the left, while the Socialists and Democrats have promised an “alternative progressive solution”.
Elections 17-01-2017

Verhofstadt drops out of EU Parliament race, backs EPP

The right-wing European People’s Party (EPP) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) decided to form a pro-European coalition that will support EPP candidate for the Parliament presidency Antonio Tajani. EurActiv.com reports from Strasbourg.
Elections 17-01-2017

Liberals and anti-Europeans hold key to Parliament presidency

The votes of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), as well as the ultimate stance of the far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom group (ENF) will determine today’s election (17 January) of the next European Parliament president, EurActiv has learned. EurActiv.com reports from Strasbourg.
Elections 16-01-2017

Uncertainty as Parliament prepares to elect first post-coalition president

MEPs will elect a new president of the European Parliament on Tuesday (17 January). But a large number of candidates, and the lack of consensus, point to a complex, drawn-out process. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 16-01-2017

Divided European Parliament prepares to elect new president

The European Parliament faces a stormy election for a new president on Tuesday after a long-standing coalition of pro-EU parties collapsed just as the crisis-hit bloc confronts a wave of Eurosceptic populism.
Elections 13-01-2017

Greens' Parliament candidate: 'I'm actually radical'

One of the outside candidates for the European Parliament Presidency explains why a Brit, a woman and a Green should get the job – even if her respectable appearance and former job as a teacher doesn’t prevent her from going on demos.
UK & Europe 12-01-2017

UK studying annual levy on skilled EU workers, minister says

Britain is considering introducing an annual 1,000-pound (€1,152) "immigration skills charge" after Brexit on every skilled worker from an EU member state recruited by a British employer, a junior minister said yesterday (11 January).
11-01-2017

The Brief: UK heals deep divisions between EU member states

People say that the EU is riven with deep divisions but in fact, those splits are healing and a brave new sense of unity is emerging.
Future EU 11-01-2017

Greens take in first 5 Star defector

The European Parliament’s Green group today (11 January) formally accepted its first defector from the 5 Star Movement, EFE learned. MEP Marco Affronte left the Eurosceptic EFDD group following his party’s rejection by liberal ALDE MEPs this week. EurActiv Spain reports.
Elections 10-01-2017

Tajani and Pittella neck and neck in race for Parliament presidency

The rejected bid of Italy’s 5 Star Movement to join the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament has hugely reduced the chances of Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to become the next president of the EU Assembly, research shows.
Elections 10-01-2017

ALDE rebuffs Italy's 5 Star bid to join parliamentary group

The Liberals in the European Parliament have turned down a request from the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement to join their group, putting Italy's second-largest party in an awkward position as it had already left its former partners.
Elections 10-01-2017

One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.
09-01-2017

European Parliament presidential race descends into farce

Between improbable alliances and unpopular candidates, the election of the European Parliament’s next president is becoming something of a farce, with Italy in the leading role. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 09-01-2017

5 Star Movement's vote to join ALDE could cost UKIP millions in EU cash

Beppe Grillo’s Eurosceptic 5 Star Movement today (9 January) voted overwhelmingly to join Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Liberal group in the European Parliament in a move that could cost UKIP millions or euros.
Elections 09-01-2017

A marriage of convenience

By courting the ALDE group, the Five Star Movement may prove that populists can move into the political mainstream. Despite differences between Beppe Grillo and Guy Verhofstadt, their parties are not as different as they seem, writes Nicholas Whyte.
Elections 09-01-2017

Italy's 5 Star divorces UKIP, begins relationship with ALDE

Italy's maverick 5 Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5 Star founder Beppe Grillo said yesterday (8 January).
06-01-2017

The Brief: The Hof plots a hitjob on Pittella

Guy “the Hof” Verhofstadt has entered the fray to become the next European Parliament president.
UK & Europe 06-01-2017

Verhofstadt makes candidacy for European Parliament presidency official

Guy Verhoftstadt officially entered the race to succeed Martin Schulz as president of the European Parliament today (6 January), a decision which could see him step down as the chief MEP on Brexit.

EU hits Poland with new rule of law deadline, sanctions remain 'in toolbox'

The EU yesterday (21 December) gave Poland's rightwing government another two months to reverse changes to its constitutional court or face sanctions, warning they posed a "substantial" challenge to the rule of law.