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30/05/2016

European Parliament tells MEP to return €400,000

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Europe's East 27-05-2016

Ukraine angered by German call to lift Russia sanctions

Germany's vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), has provoked the ire of Ukraine after calling for sanctions against Russia to be gradually lifted. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Enlargement 25-05-2016

Macedonia's EU aspirations in jeopardy

Political uncertainty in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is leading to growing doubts over the country's capacity to meet its EU-accession targets. EurActiv Germany reports.

Poland, EU adopt conciliatory tone over top court row

Poland's rightwing government and the European Commission said yesterday (24 May) they were upbeat about finding a solution that would roll back Warsaw's overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics warn endangers its independence.
Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

Moscovici wants to make EU deficit rules more flexible

Pierre Moscovici, has said he hopes that all the EU’s excessive deficit procedures will be over by 2017. A change in the European deficit rules may be on the horizon. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 24-05-2016

Austria's close shave with the extreme right

Austria's next President, the Green-backed independent Alexander Van de Bellen, edged out FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer in a tight second round vote, which saw one of Europe’s strongest nationalist parties triumph in rural areas and among male voters. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 24-05-2016

Austrian right's strong showing suggest further successes to come elsewhere

Nearly half of Austrian voters ended up voting for far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, showing that European right-wing populism's time in the sun is far from over.  EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Elections 23-05-2016

Independent Van der Bellen defeats Austrian right

The Austrian Freedom Party's (FPÖ) candidate in the presidential election, Norbert Hofer, has conceded defeat to his independent rival, Alexander van der Bellen.
Elections 23-05-2016

Austria and EU on tenterhooks, as right-wing extremist has slight lead

Austria and the European Union were on tenterhooks today (23 May) as they waited to see whether Norbert Hofer had won an election runoff to become the bloc's first president from the anti-immigrant extreme right.
Elections 20-05-2016

Austrian presidential candidates trade barbs before Sunday vote

The two candidates in Austria's closely watched presidential race met yesterday (19 May) for a final TV duel ahead of a runoff vote this weekend, which could see the arrival of the European Union's first far-right president.
Elections 19-05-2016

Europe must remember its anti-fascist roots

Has the EU forgotten it was the product of anti-fascist ideals? The question may sound absurd to anyone not following the latest political developments. But the situation in Austria is cause for concern, write Guillaume Balas, Sergio Cofferati, Curzio Maltese and Dimitrios Papadimoulis.
Elections 19-05-2016

Graft case shakes up Croatian government

Croatia's main opposition party, the Social Democrats, sought on Wednesday (18 May) a confidence vote against powerful Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko over an alleged conflict of interest, as a national watchdog opened a probe into the affair.
Enlargement 18-05-2016

EU warns Macedonia election won’t be credible

The EU warned yesterday (17 May) that elections scheduled for next month in Macedonia could not be credible, because the ruling party was the only one to register candidates.


Elections 18-05-2016

New Austrian centre-left chancellor will not rule out ties to far-right

Austria's new Chancellor Christian Kern said yesterday (17 May) his Social Democrats (SPO) would prefer to keep governing with conservatives and will not sell their souls just to remain in power, but he did not rule out joining forces one day with the far-right Freedom Party (FPO).
Elections 17-05-2016

Spaniards march to mark fifth anniversary of Indignados movement

Thousands took to Madrid's streets on Sunday (15 May) to mark the fifth anniversary of the birth of Spain's Indignados movement, which shook the country's political system and sparked "occupy" movements around the world.
Elections 13-05-2016

Christian Kern to become Austria's chancellor

The head of Austria's rail operator, Christian Kern, is set to become the country's next chancellor after the other main contender for the post of Social Democratic Party (SPO) leader pulled out of the race and said the whole party backed him.
Enlargement 12-05-2016

Macedonia's Albanian minority parties to join election boycott

Two Albanian political parties in Macedonia said yesterday (11 May) they would join a boycott of parliamentary elections on 5 June, in order to protest government control over the media and state bodies, raising doubts about the viability of the poll.
EU Priorities 2020 11-05-2016

Wieland: ‘Spitzenkandidat genie is well and truly out of the bottle’

In November 2015, the European Parliament supported a reform to the EU electoral law that is intended to make the European elections more attractive. EurActiv Germany spoke to one of the legislature's vice-presidents about it.
Elections 11-05-2016

Borissov loses majority in Parliament after key ally resigns

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov lost his majority in parliament yesterday (10 May) after the resignation of his deputy Ivailo Kalfin, a member of the ABV party which withdrew its backing for the centre-right coalition.
Elections 10-05-2016

Austria in search of ‘pragmatic’ premier to replace Faymann

Austria's centre-left began today (10 May) the tricky search for a new chancellor as speculation grew that it might take the high-stakes gamble of dropping opposition to a tie-up with the surging far-right.
Elections 09-05-2016

Austrian PM Faymann steps down

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann today (9 May) stepped down as leader of the centrist coalition government and as head of his Social Democratic Party (SPO), two weeks after the SPO suffered a disastrous result in presidential elections.
Elections 09-05-2016

Irish PM secures re-election after 10-week stalemate

Enda Kenny was re-elected Ireland's prime minister on 6 May to end 10 weeks of political deadlock, when his party's biggest rival abstained to usher in the first minority government in decades -- and one many believe will be short-lived.
Elections 09-05-2016

Bulgarian socialists elect woman as leader

Bulgaria's Socialist Party (BSP), the biggest opposition party in the Balkan country, chose a new leader yesterday (8 May) with the task of winning back disaffected voters and pushing for an early general election.
Central Europe 09-05-2016

240,000 Poles join landmark pro-EU march

Around a quarter of a million Poles flooded central Warsaw on Saturday (7 May), marching to defend their country's place in the European Union and protest against moves by the right-wing government, which they claim undermine democracy.

European Parliament tells MEP to return €400,000

The Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt has misused EU funding through two foundations he used to chair, according to the European Parliament’s secretary general Klaus Welle. The MEP will likely have to pay back €400,000 worth of EU funding.