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17/01/2017

Anti-corruption party launches in Bulgaria as election approaches

Elections


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 reports from Strasbourg.
Elections 17-01-2017

Analyst: Dutch vote to set off Europe's 'super election year'

Dutch voters head to crunch parliamentary polls in two months’ time, heralding the start of a "super election year" in three of Europe's leading economies: The Netherlands, France and Germany.
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.

Spectre of Dieselgate hangs over Tajani on eve of presidential election

Favourite in tomorrow's (17 January) European Parliament presidency election Antonio Tajani is coming under increasing pressure for his role in the Volkswagen emissions test scandal. EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche 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 16-01-2017

The Parliament that Europeans want to hear from

The European Parliament is delivering, but there is still room for improvement in the way it communicates to both the younger and older generations, writes Vice-President Ramón Valcárcel.
Elections 13-01-2017

ECR candidate: EU needs dynamic debate and to officially recognise sign language

Belgian MEP Helga Stevens, who is the ECR group's pick for the European Parliament presidency race and who is also the first female MEP to identify herself as being deaf, told EurActiv Spain that she wants to be “the institution's voice”.
Elections 13-01-2017

Hungary's Jobbik ditches far-right past to challenge Orbán in 2018

Hungary's main opposition party, Jobbik, is moving from being a far-right, anti-Semitic radical group to the mainstream, and plans to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party in the 2018 elections, its leader Gábor Vona said in an interview.
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.
Future EU 12-01-2017

Grillo blocks further 5 Star defections

After the failure of Beppe Grillo's rapprochement with the Liberals in Brussels, one 5 Star MEP has joined the Greens and another the extreme-right ENL group. But others defectors been discouraged by Grillo’s harsh retaliation measures. EurActiv France reports.

Austrian chancellor launches bid to win back voters from far right

Austrian centre-left Chancellor Christian Kern yesterday (11 January) launched a bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), presenting a 10-year plan focused on creating jobs, boosting public investment and taxing multinationals.


Future EU 11-01-2017

Macron shares vision of Europe in Berlin visit

Outside bet for the French presidency Emmanuel Macron called for renewed European sovereignty in a Berlin speech yesterday (10 January), as crucial elections loom large. EurActiv Germany reports.
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.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

Trump given unverified reports that Russia has ‘kompromats’ on him

Classified documents which US intelligence chiefs presented last week to President-elect Donald Trump included claims that Russian agents have compromising information about him, two US officials said Tuesday evening (10 January).
Elections 11-01-2017

French presidential candidate Fillon to propose immigration quotas

French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon, who is favourite to win this year's election, will lay out on Wednesday (11 January) his proposals to cut immigration to a "strict minimum" through the use of quotas, an aide said on Tuesday.
Digital 10-01-2017

Ansip: No guarantee Bulgaria will get the digital economy portfolio

Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip said today (10 January) he has only temporarily taken the digital economy portfolio from Günther Oettinger, but that there was no guarantee that this portfolio would go to the future Bulgarian commissioner, who is yet to be nominated.
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.
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

Germany's Gabriel says EU breakup no longer unthinkable

Germany's insistence on austerity in the euro zone has left Europe more divided than ever and a break-up of the European Union is no longer inconceivable, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel magazine.
Elections 09-01-2017

Anti-corruption party launches in Bulgaria as election approaches

A new Bulgarian political party launched on Saturday (7 January) just months before an election, aiming to fight corruption, boost economic growth and improve living standards.