Elections

16-10-2017

Catalan leader seeks dialogue with Madrid, stalls on independence bid

The leader of Spain's breakaway Catalonia region has asked to meet the Spanish prime minister, aiming to restore dialogue and avoid further escalation, but has not provided a clear answer on whether he would press ahead with independence.

Development Policy 16-10-2017

Ex-football star Weah headed for presidential run-off in Liberia

Former soccer star George Weah was set to win the first round of a presidential election in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading with 39% of votes and less than 5% of precincts still to be counted.

Future EU 16-10-2017

EU holds breath after Austrian vote

Reactions from the European Commission and Council presidents are still pending following the early parliamentary elections held in Austria on Sunday (15 October), the nightmare outcome of which could be a coalition between the centre-right and the far-right.

Enlargement 16-10-2017

Local election boosts Macedonia’s pro-Western Social Democrats

Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats claimed victory in municipal elections on Sunday (15 October), signalling large-scale support for the new government that has pledged to speed up the small Balkan country's accession to NATO and the European Union.

16-10-2017

Merkel suffers local election setback as Schulz survives to fight another day

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives lost a closely-watched regional vote on Sunday (15 October), weakening her hand as she embarks on complex coalition talks following a disappointing showing at last month's general election.

13-10-2017

Macron seeks to disrupt European politics ahead of 2019 EU elections

Ahead of the 2019 EU elections, Macron’s Republique en Marche (REM) party is torn between creating a new political group or sitting with the centre. EURACTIV France reports.

13-10-2017

Italy lower house passes new electoral law penalising 5-Star Movement

The Italian Chamber of Deputies yesterday (12 October) gave its final approval to a contested electoral law that is likely to penalise the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's election.

Freedom of thought 12-10-2017

News agency chief denounces ‘political takeover‘ of Romanian state media

The acting director of AGERPRES, the Romanian national news agency, denounced on Wednesday (11 October) new legislation which he described as a “huge step back” in terms of media freedom of media in Romania, and said he was “afraid of what could follow”.

12-10-2017

Behind the diplomatic scene: The case of Poland’s outgoing EU ambassador

Last week, Polish Ambassador to the EU Jarosław Starzyk resigned from his post in Brussels. In a portrait, Tomasz Bielecki, the Brussels correspondent of EURACTIV.com’s media partner Gazeta Wyborcza provides insight into the circumstances of Starzyk’s departure.

EU Priorities 2020 12-10-2017

Czech MEP: ‘We cannot blame Brussels for our own failures’

We have to stop the “us” and “them” rhetoric in which we blame the European institutions, says Martina Dlabajová, a Czech liberal MEP and member of the ANO movement which is heading for victory in the upcoming Czech parliamentary elections.

11-10-2017

Spain threatens to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy in crisis

Spain threatened today (11 October) to suspend Catalonia's autonomy if it follows through on its threat to break away as an independent country.

Future EU 11-10-2017

At Frankfurt book fair, Macron urges Merkel to fight for EU revival

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday pleaded his case for ambitious European reforms, appealing to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to join forces with him and enter the debate.

Future EU 11-10-2017

The EU must get involved in the crisis in Catalonia

Unless the Catalan and Spanish authorities immediately open channels of dialogue about the constitutional future of Catalonia, the scenes witnessed last Sunday may only be a precursor of things to come. But for this dialogue to take place, the EU must be actively involved, argues Simon Toubeau.

11-10-2017

Catalan leaders sign independence declaration but put it on hold

Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday (10 October) but immediately put it on hold and called for talks with Madrid on the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Future EU 10-10-2017

Catalan leaders under pressure over independence threat

Catalan leaders came under intense domestic and international pressure on Monday (9 October) to halt plans to break away from Spain after the region's president repeated his threat to declare independence and the government warned it would act to block it.

10-10-2017

Czech police charge leading candidate with EU funding fraud

Andrej Babiš, the Czech billionaire who is a leading candidate to become prime minister in elections next week, said yesterday (9 October) that he had been charged with fraud over EU subsidies received by one of his companies.

09-10-2017

Merkel and allies reach common ground on migration, coalition talks loom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) reached a deal on migrant policy with her conservative Bavarian allies on Sunday (8 November), removing a major obstacle to pursuing talks on a coalition with other parties. In an apparent concession, Merkel agreed to put a number on how many people Germany would accept per year on humanitarian …

09-10-2017

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday (8 November) to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue.

09-10-2017

EU failure to respond to plight of the Catalans is shameful

In Catalonia, there appears to be a majority in favour of independence at least as great as the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit. The EU cannot continue to close its eyes to what is happening, writes Sir Graham Watson.

Future EU 06-10-2017

Polish PM vows not to interfere with Spanish affairs

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło told Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday (4 October) that Poland will not interfere with Spain’s domestic affairs. During the telephone conversation she advocated dialogue and compromise as the best solutions. EURACTIV Poland reports.

06-10-2017

After May’s speech fiasco, Tories wonder: Who next?

It was meant to be the speech that rescued Theresa May's premiership, but her public humiliation before the assembled Conservative Party has thrust her own future into doubt.

Future EU 06-10-2017

Give the regions more EU power to save the euro and defeat populism

Elections across Europe show Europe's political parties to be increasingly defined by how nationalistic they are. Confronting this and reinstating progressive politics is essential, and can best be done by giving more power to Europe's regions, urges Giles Merritt.

06-10-2017

‘ClubMed’ summit postponed over Catalan crisis

A summit of southern European Union countries due to take place next week in Nicosia has been postponed due to the Catalan crisis, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday (5 October).

Future EU 05-10-2017

Catalonia’s chief communicator: We will be independent and an EU member

EXCLUSIVE / The EU may be reluctant now but it will inevitably accept to mediate in the separation of Catalonia from Spain and the presence of the new Catalan state within the EU, Joan Maria Piqué told EURACTIV in an interview.