Elections

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Mélenchon and Hamon unable to overcome differences on Europe

Discussions on a possible coalition between the two left-wing candidates for France’s presidential election appear to have broken down. Their fundamentally different views on the future of Europe make any partnership unworkable. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

The bailout business in the EU

Since the 2008 financial crisis broke out, more than €1.5 trillion in taxpayer money has been used to rescue ailing banks in Europe, according to the European Commission. Citizens shouldn’t grow accustomed to this, writes Sol Trumbo Vila.

Commission to seek member state views on Polish rule of law

The European Commission will consult with EU member states on whether to take further action against Poland in a dispute over the rule of law that has lasted more than a year, officials said yesterday (22 February).

Politics 23-02-2017

Russia sets up information warfare units

Russia's military has created a force tasked with waging information warfare, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said yesterday (22 February), in a move likely to heighten the West's concerns about what it sees as Moscow-sponsored "fake news".

Enlargement 23-02-2017

Albanian opposition to boycott parliament, defying EU appeal

Albania's opposition leader announced a boycott of parliament yesterday (22 February), defying an appeal from the European Union not to disrupt parliamentary approval of judiciary reforms vital to starting EU accession talks.

23-02-2017

Le Pen aide charged as Macron wins key ally

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist yesterday (22 February), hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.

22-02-2017

Dutch elections, a rehearsal for France?

Dutch voters will go to the polls on 15 March to elect their new MPs, in what many observers see as a dry run for the French presidential election one month later. EURACTIV France reports.

Poland has last word in rule of law dispute

Poland considers its dispute with the European Commission about the country's rule of law closed, its foreign minister said yesterday (21 February), leaving Brussels with the impossible decision of punishing Warsaw.

22-02-2017

Leftist French lawmakers take CETA to Constitutional Council

More than 100 French MPs decided yesterday (21 February) to appeal to the country's Constitutional Council to block a contentious free trade deal between the European Union and Canada.

22-02-2017

Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti over headscarf

French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday (21 February) with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.

22-02-2017

Leftist rival to challenge Renzi as leader of Italy’s ruling party

Michele Emiliano, the leftist president of the southern region of Puglia, said on Tuesday he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), which faces a damaging split.

22-02-2017

In London, Macron vows to stand up for EU

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (21 February) not to expect any favours from the European Union during Brexit talks, and drew big cheers for his pro-EU message from French nationals in London.

21-02-2017

Austria to reward companies for hiring locals

Austria's coalition government approved new employment rules today (21 February) to ensure workers already in the country are given priority for new jobs over potential immigrants from other EU states in an attempt to halt an increase in unemployment.

21-02-2017

Political consultant: Schulz has fighting chance of winning German election

Martin Schulz has a real chance of becoming Germany's next chancellor, political consultant Michael Spreng told EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche, as Angela Merkel struggles to inspire her own voters.

21-02-2017

Le Pen’s headquarters raided by police in EU parliament jobs probe

French police raided the headquarters of Marine Le Pen's National Front party west of Paris on Monday (20 February) in relation to a probe into alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay parliamentary assistants.

21-02-2017

Irish PM expected to say this week when he will resign

Ireland's finance minister said on Monday (20 February) that he expects Prime Minister Enda Kenny - who has already said he will not lead his party into an election due next year - to say on Wednesday (22 February) when he will step down.

Romania’s have-a-go heroes fight corruption

Romanian architect Serban Marinescu never thought he'd come up against such brazen corruption. And when a city mayor demanded a backhander, he plucked up his courage and reported him.

20-02-2017

Commission denies Juncker ready to resign

The European Commission has denied that President Jean-Claude Juncker could resign in March, as reported by La Repubblica.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

20-02-2017

Germany’s SPD moves ahead of Merkel’s party in poll

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have moved ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) in an opinion poll by the Emnid institute for the first time since 2006, Bild am Sonntag newspaper said on Sunday (19 February).The SPD's unexpected surge of some 12 points in the last month has caught Merkel and her …

Global Europe 20-02-2017

Paris blames Moscow for cyberattacks on pro-EU candidate Macron

Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted.

17-02-2017

Bulgaria’s interim government finds many irregular defence contracts

Bulgaria's new interim government has found that over half the defence procurement contracts signed last year were irregular and is examining nine of them on suspicion of fraud, its prime minister said today (17 February).

17-02-2017

Floating voters will decide French election

With eight weeks to go before the French presidential election, voters seem confused. Half of the electorate has not yet decided which candidate to support. Euractiv France reports.

Top business lobby unveils economic wish list ahead of French election

France’s biggest business group has sent its “blue book” to all the presidential candidates, summing up the economic and social demands it says must be met to relaunch economic growth and rebuild business “confidence”. Euractiv’s partner La Tribune reports.