Elections

Future EU 29-03-2017

Germany backs Spain’s Catalonia position, Scottish comparison avoided

The German government yesterday (28 March) endorsed Spain's position on Catalonian sovereignty and avoided making any comparisons with Scotland's own push for independence. EURACTIV Spain reports.

29-03-2017

Fillon, Macron and Le Pen attempt to win over business leaders

France’s leading presidential candidates yesterday (28 March) aimed to rally business leaders behind their programmes for social reform, increased competitiveness, education and globalisation. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

29-03-2017

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas.

Economy & Jobs 28-03-2017

‘Harness young people’s inventiveness to refresh the economy’

With one in five under-25-year-olds unemployed in the eurozone, young people risk being excluded from political and economic life. What can the EU do about this? EURACTIV France spoke to two MEPs about new ways to engage young people.

28-03-2017

‘President Le Pen’ could ride voter apathy to victory

The mobilisation of National Front voters and widespread apathy among the rest of France’s electorate may combine to hand Marine Le Pen a historic victory in the second round of the presidential election in May, an analyst told EURACTIV France.

28-03-2017

Merkel cheers poll win as ‘Schulz effect’ fizzles

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday (27 March) welcomed a surprise state poll triumph by her party as "encouraging" for a September general election, as hype around her main rival fizzled in its first test.

28-03-2017

Hungary ‘ready to detain all migrants’

Hungary said yesterday (27 March) it was ready to begin detaining asylum-seekers in camps on its southern border with Serbia after passing a law this month that has drawn criticism from rights groups and the UN.

Future EU 27-03-2017

Le Pen says the EU ‘will die’, globalists to be defeated

The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday (26 March), promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway.

27-03-2017

Borissov’s GERB wins Bulgarian election, difficult coalition talks ahead

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's centre-right GERB party won 32.7% of the votes in the parliamentary election on Sunday (26 March), data from the central electoral commission showed today (27 March), with 78.9% of the ballots counted.

27-03-2017

Merkel’s party easily beats centre-left in Saarland state poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party easily won a regional election Sunday (26 March), dealing an early blow to centre-left hopes of ending her more than decade-long reign.

Politics 24-03-2017

Spokesperson: Expensive gifts to Commissioners from ‘old friends’ don’t count

Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has received expensive suits as gifts. Their unit price is estimated at €15,000, the French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné has revealed. But the Commission sees no wrongdoing.

Future EU 24-03-2017

A very happy birthday to the European Union

There will be a sombre atmosphere when EU leaders gather in Rome later today (24 March). Just a few days after the summit, the UK will trigger Article 50. But now the bloc is tasked with rekindling public support for integration, so let’s toast its future, writes Fraser Cameron.

24-03-2017

Italy’s Five Star keeps options open on euro referendum

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Italy's most popular political party, said yesterday (23 March) a referendum on the euro was not its top priority and that it hoped Europe would reform before a ballot could be arranged.

24-03-2017

Merkel-Schulz tussle faces first dry-run

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party faces a first election-year litmus test against resurgent leftwing challengers when voters go to the polls on Sunday (26 March) in the tiny region of Saarland.

24-03-2017

Bulgarian Socialists seek to end Borissov era

Bulgaria's Socialists hope Sunday (26 March) to win power and end years of dominance by karate-kicking former premier Boyko Borissov, in elections that could tilt the EU and NATO member more towards Russia.

Future EU 24-03-2017

Pittella: Socialists pushed ‘social agenda’ into Rome Declaration

The Rome Declaration will be balanced and contain strong references to social issues thanks to pressure exerted by the EU's socialist leaders, Gianni Pittella told EURACTIV.com.

23-03-2017

Poland warns it may not adopt EU’s Rome Declaration

Poland may not accept the Rome Declaration, which will chart the European Union's course after Britain leaves, if the document does not touch upon issues Warsaw considers crucial, the country's prime minister said.

23-03-2017

Irish referendum could allow voting abroad, following 23 EU countries

The Irish government outlined details yesterday (22 March) for a referendum that could give citizens abroad the right to vote in presidential elections, and possibly bring Ireland in line with 23 other EU countries.

22-03-2017

Hamon’s European programme strikes a chord in Brussels

France’s Socialist presidential candidate made the pilgrimage to Brussels on Tuesday (21 March) to try and drum up support for his EU programme. But the Commission remains unconvinced by Benoît Hamon’s plans to democratise eurozone governance. EURACTIV France reports.

21-03-2017

Study: Frexit chaos would be ‘worse than collapse of Lehman Brothers’

The political disarray in France’s mainstream parties is encouraging debate about Frexit. The possibility is alarming economists, who fear it would cause a “cardiac arrest” in global finance and make life harder for the poor. EURACTIV France reports.

21-03-2017

Europe still a footnote in French presidential debate

The five candidates for France’s top job set out their stalls in a three hour televised debate on TF1 on Monday night (20 March). Questions on Europe and foreign policy were only raised in the last quarter of an hour. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Bulgarian election candidates hit out at Turkey meddling

The two main candidates in Bulgaria's upcoming parliamentary election singled out Turkey yesterday (20 March) in separate interviews with AFP for what they see as interference in the campaign.

21-03-2017

Study identifies particular French form of misery

Are you pessimistic about the future, gloomy about globalisation and suspicious of political institutions? If so, you're suffering from a particularly French combination of complaints, according to a study published yesterday (20 March).

21-03-2017

Macron seen winning French TV debate, clashes with Le Pen on Islam

Centrist Emmanuel Macron solidified his status as frontrunner in France's presidential election on Monday (20 March) in a televised debate during which he clashed on immigration and Europe with his main rival, far-right leader Marine Le Pen.