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06/05/2016

Law and Justice banks on Smolensk conspiracy theories

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Elections 06-05-2016

Opperman: ‘Any decent German must condemn’ AfD's stance on Islam

Thomas Oppermann, the SPD parliamentary group's chairman, spoke with EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel about the rise of right-wing populism, Germany's relationship with Turkey and his own party's performance.
Elections 04-05-2016

S&D: Pasok is 'completely isolated' in our group

EXCLUSIVE / Greece’s Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) is “completely isolated” from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and its attitude about the government’s negotiations with its creditors is “embarrassing”, sources told EurActiv.com.
Elections 04-05-2016

Merkel pledges to help hinder France's National Front

German chancellor Angela Merkel visited a French school in Berlin yesterday (3 May) and used the opportunity to announce her intention to support French parties against the National Front in the presidential election next year. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Elections 03-05-2016

Austrian chancellor faces uncertain future

The political future of Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann could be at risk as his party grows increasingly concerned about the rise of right-wing populism in the country. EurActiv Germany reports.
Elections 03-05-2016

Catalonia leader plans 'charm offensive' after Brexit referendum

Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont found the EU institutions’ doors closed in his first official visit to Belgium in early May, but he said that he would embark on a charm offensive after the in-or-out referendum in the United Kingdom next June.
Elections 02-05-2016

Catalan leader insists he wasn't snubbed by Juncker

President of the Generalitat of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont has insisted that the objective of his first official overseas visit was not "to speak to representatives of the Commission". EurActiv Spain reports.
Elections 02-05-2016

Austrian Social Democrat PM Faymann booed on May Day

Austria's embattled chancellor was greeted yesterday (1 May) with loud boos as he addressed around 80,000 people in Vienna on May Day, a week after the government's disastrous defeat at the hands of the far-right in a presidential ballot.

May Day rally in Paris turns violent as pressure against labour reform grows

Police fired tear gas after protesters hurled bottles and other projectiles during a May Day rally in Paris yesterday (1 May), where controversial labour reforms were the main focus of demonstrations.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2016

Pittella: Hawks are condemning Greece to death

The IMF and German hawks want the patient dead. And they still want a Grexit. But the Socialists say “Non passerano” [they will not pass], Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, told Euractiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Elections 29-04-2016

Pro-Nazi nostalgia flourishes under new Croatia government

"Nostalgia" for a pro-Nazi past, spurning of ethnic minorities and pressure on the press: Croatian activists say an alarming climate of intolerance is taking hold under a new conservative government.

MEPs urge Juncker to stand against Austria border fence

Leading MEPs have urged European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to take a position against Austria’s plans to erect a fence at its border with Italy, at the Brenner pass.
Elections 28-04-2016

AfD readies for congress, banks on Islamophobia

Germany's right-wing populist AfD (Alternative for Germany) plans to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto at a weekend party congress, emboldened by the rise of European anti-migrant groups like Austria's Freedom Party.


Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

European Parliament funding of neo-Nazi conference rings alarm bells

The far-right Alliance for Peace and Freedom (APF) party has received EU-funding to the tune of €600,000, highlighting the ease with which neo-fascist groups have access to European Parliament financing. EurActiv Germany reports.
Enlargement 27-04-2016

Turks protest Islamisation push

Turkish police yesterday (26 April) fired tear gas to break up protests over a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution that has sparked concerns of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.
Elections 27-04-2016

Spain to return to polls in June as economic pressure mounts

Spain's King Felipe yesterday (26 April) said he would not put forward a new candidate to seek the confidence of parliament and become Prime Minister, a move which de facto paves the way for a new general election in June.
Central Europe 25-04-2016

Poland’s Duda slams EU's lack of 'solidarity' with Eastern Europe

Polish President Andrzej Duda defied European Union criticism of his country's government yesterday (24 April), accusing the bloc of showing "too little solidarity" with its eastern members.
Enlargement 25-04-2016

Pro-EU Vucic set for landslide in Serbian snap election

Serbia's pro-European Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić claimed victory in yesterday’s (24 April) general election after projections showed him winning by a landslide. But the hardline Radicals are set to return to Parliament after a 4-year absence.
Elections 25-04-2016

Far-right triumphs in first round of Austrian presidential election

Austria's government was licking its wounds after a historic debacle that saw the opposition anti-immigrant far-right triumph yesterday (24 April) in a presidential ballot two years before the next scheduled general election.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
UK & Europe 18-04-2016

Sturgeon says Scots won’t be taken out of EU against their will

Scotland should have the right to hold a new referendum on independence if the country is takenout of the European Union "against our will", the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said on Sunday.
Transport 15-04-2016

Belgian transport minister quits over airport security lapses

Belgium's transport minister resigned today (15 April) after being accused of ignoring damning EU reports on the poor state of security at the country's airports that was laid bare by last month's suicide attacks.
Elections 15-04-2016

Spanish minister resigns after alleged links to offshore deals

Spain's acting Industry Minister José Manuel Soria said today (15 April) he was resigning with immediate effect after alleged links to offshore dealings which emerged after he was named in the Panama Papers.
Elections 13-04-2016

MEPs rap Poland over rule of law

MEPs passed today (13 April) a non-binding resolution, calling on the Polish authorities to restore the ability of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to uphold its Constitution and guarantee respect for the rule of law.
Elections 13-04-2016

Law and Justice banks on Smolensk conspiracy theories

Following the Law and Justice (PiS) party's victory in the 2015 elections, conspiracy theories resurfaced in Poland about the 2010 Smolensk crash, which killed President Lech Kaczyński, the brother of the new ruling party's chief, Jaroslaw Kaczyński. EurActiv Poland reports.