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Europe's East 09-02-2016

EPP leader: ‘War refugees should only be granted temporary residency’

Manfred Weber, the leader of the EPP group in Parliament, has welcomed Turkey's commitment to reduce the number of refugees crossing into Europe. EU member states must now do their part and start taking in their quotas of refugees, he said. EurActiv’s partner Tagesspiegel reports.
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.

Renzi clash with Juncker and Merkel escalates

The tensions between Rome and Brussels have intensified, with a tough exchange of words in the light of the unfolding refugee crisis, and a looming banking crisis in Italy.

Parliament leaders sign joint refugee letter ahead of Valletta summit

The heads of three political groups in the European Parliament sent a joint letter yesterday (9 November) to the 28 EU leaders urging them to back the European Commission’s proposals on refugees. EurActiv Greece reports.
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MEPs debate migrant crisis after Juncker's State of the Union address

On Wednesday (9 September), MEPs held a heated debate on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his first ever State of the Union Speech in Strasbourg.
Euro & Finance 21-07-2015

German coalition in turmoil over Schäuble

The conflict over Wolfgang Schäuble’s Grexit proposal is entering a new round, after Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel accused the finance minister of being unreasonable. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 08-07-2015

Tsipras faces the heat of the EU machine

Alexis Tsipras found himself under enormous pressure today (8 July), as he was attacked by representatives of the institutions, centre, and centre-right MEPs.
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Euro & Finance 08-07-2015

Verhofstadt to Tsipras: 'Show that you are a real leader, not a false prophet!'

“I am angry because you are talking about reforms, but we never see concrete proposals,” ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt said during a plenary session in Strasbourg.

EPP leader: UK could lose its veto right in EU

Britain could lose its prized EU veto on some subjects if it opts out from the commitment to "ever closer union" in the bloc's treaties under David Cameron's reform plans, a senior German MEP said.

MEPs angry at member states over immigration

EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.
UK & Europe 21-05-2015

Leading MEP makes fun of Farage

A top European lawmaker on Wednesday poked fun at Britain's chief eurosceptic Nigel Farage for losing his bid for a parliamentary seat in his home country but keeping his in Strasbourg.

MEPs call on member states to share asylum seeker burden

EU lawmakers Tuesday (28 April) demanded the bloc share the burden of accepting asylum seekers, as the pressure on southern European countries from migrants crossing the Mediterranean showed no sign of easing.
Euro & Finance 11-02-2015

Parliament despondent after failure of Luxleaks committee

The European Parliament’s refusal to launch a committee of inquiry on tax evasion has been a hard pill to swallow for many MEPs, who have been left questioning the role of their institution alongside the new Commission. EurActiv France reports
Elections 04-02-2015

Conservative EU lawmakers mount censure motion against 'extremist' Greek cabinet

Conservatives in the European Parliament want the Assembly to vote next week to condemn a right-wing party in Greece's new leftist-led coalition government, comparing it to an EU rebuke to Austria 15 years ago. But opposition on the left may thwart any resolution.
Elections 21-01-2015

Poll ranks EP political group leaders as laggards

A poll measuring the most and least active members of the European Parliament reveals that the leaders of the political groups are among the most inactive MEPs, in terms of parliamentary engagement.

Donald Tusk urges Parliament to accept European PNR

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has implored MEPs to accept the creation of a single, shared data base of personal information on air passengers arriving in, or leaving, the EU. EurActiv France reports
Europe's East 13-11-2014

EU-Moldova deal approved by MEPs

The European Parliament gave the green light to the EU-Moldova Association Agreement today (13 November), the first economic and political cooperation pact with a visa-free regime between a former Soviet state and the EU since the start of the Ukraine crisis.
EU Priorities 2020 13-11-2014

Juncker out of the woods after Parliament stunt

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made an unexpected appearance in the European Parliament hemicycle yesterday (12 November), and apparently succeeded in defusing tensions following the “Luxleaks” revelation of secret deals granting preferential tax treatments to multinational companies in his home country, Luxembourg.
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EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]

After a first plenary session and a series committee meetings in early July 2014, key positions were distributed in the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s 22 committees held their first meeting on Monday (7 July). On the agenda was the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs. The week before, MEPs gathered for the Parliament's first plenary session in Strasbourg, and elected a president, vice-presidents and quaestors. They also appointed the leader(s) of their faction. The final leading positions were settled after one Vice-President, Corina Cretu, was selected to take up a Commissioner role in Jean-Claude Juncker's EU executive team. Find an overview of the Parliament's key faces for 2014-2019 in our infographic.
EU Priorities 2020 04-07-2014

Italy seeks new leadership role in Europe

Rebuffing criticism in Germany that Rome is too slow to reform, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on Friday (4 July) reasserted that he is ready to stand up to critics and reclaim a leadership role in Europe.
EU Priorities 2020 25-06-2014

Grand coalition accord draws near in EU Parliament

The leaders of the centre-right and socialist factions in the EU Parliament gathered on Tuesday (24 June) to discuss an accord on a number of issues that will dominate Europe’s political agenda in the next five years.
EU Elections 2014 12-06-2014

EPP chairman: Juncker will be the next Commission president

The EPP Group stands behind Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next Commission president, a promise to European voters that must be kept after the party’s victory in the EU elections, said Manfred Weber, describing his political agenda, and explaining why cooperation with the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is taboo.
EU Elections 2014 04-06-2014

German MEP Manfred Weber elected as next EPP chairman

Ten days after the European elections, Lower Bavarian MEP Manfred Weber has been selected to serve as chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. The politician hails from the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), advocating that the party take an “aggressively pro-European” path. EurActiv Germany reports.
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EU Elections 2014 04-06-2014

German MEP Manfred Weber elected new EPP president

Center right European People's Party elected on Wednesday its new president, German MEP Manfred Weber.