Elections

15-11-2017

Short of time to form coalition, German parties still apart on migration

German parties meet on Wednesday 15 November) to debate the hot issue of immigration with sides divided on whether to limit migrant numbers and with only one day left to conclude exploratory talks for forming a new coalition government. Negotiators will also discuss Europe, finance and energy policy.

15-11-2017

Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday (14 November) he hopes to defeat separatists in next month's Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers' independence drive, calling for a "massive" turnout by voters.

Global Europe 14-11-2017

EU willing to increase resources to counter Russian interference

Following developments in Eastern Europe and Catalonia, EU foreign affairs ministers pledged more resources to fight against foreign interference in Europe, in particular coming from Russian actors.

13-11-2017

Merkel urges compromise as coalition talks enter final stretch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (12 November) urged party leaders negotiating a tricky three-way coalition government to show more willingness to compromise, as support for her conservative bloc plunged to the lowest level in more than six years.

08-11-2017

French Economy Minister Le Maire visits ‘Jamaica’

French Minister of Economic Affairs Bruno Le Maire's meeting with 'Jamaica' coalition negotiators in Berlin on Wednesday (8 November) was not a coincidence. From the French point of view, President Emmanuel Macron’s eurozone plans might be threatened by the formation of the new German government. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Central Europe 08-11-2017

Swoboda: ‘Borissov? We have had many strange guys leading governments’

The former long-serving leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda provided insight ahead of the visit to Brussels on Wednesday (8 November) of the Bulgarian government in preparation for the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Electricity 07-11-2017

Germany struggles with coal phase-out as COP23 kicks off in Bonn

Germany's Neurath coal power plant ranks second in the EU in terms of both installed capacity and CO2 emissions. The newest units of the lignite-powered facility are expected to operate until 2055, illustrating the difficulty of phasing out coal power entirely. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

07-11-2017

German coalition talks: One step forward, two steps back

Successful coalition talks between the four involved German parties is far from a done deal, even as CDU/CSU leaders Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer are striking a confident tone.

Thousands of Romanians protest against judicial reforms

More than ten thousand Romanians demonstrated in Bucharest on Sunday (5 November) to "defend the independence of the judiciary" in protest against a government bill that critics say will weaken anti-corruption measures.

06-11-2017

Borissov blames opposition for ‘untimely’ no-confidence vote

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov on Saturday (4 November) blamed the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) for asking for a no-confidence vote at a time when the country is preparing to take up the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

06-11-2017

Austrian party head quits over sex harassment claims

Prominent Austrian politician Peter Pilz on Saturday (4 November) quit parliament and stepped down as head of his newly formed anti-establishment party over sexual harassment allegations.

Puigdemont fate hangs on Belgium’s European arrest warrant response

A Belgian judge has granted conditional release to sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, and the group is scheduled to appear in court within 15 days, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday (6 November).

02-11-2017

German coalition talks: Between old-age poverty and cannabis legalisation

The first round of the German coalition talks on social policy was a meeting to get an initial feeling for where the parties stand. However, some common things are emerging: in the fight against old-age poverty, shortage of nurses and long-term unemployment. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 02-11-2017

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz – conservative and pro-European

With Sebastian Kurz, the EU can count on a pro-European partner in the new Austrian government. And expect a policy that is based on conservative values, but also willing to reform. EURACTIV Germany reports.

02-11-2017

Verhofstadt says Czech election winner Babiš an ally for reform

The leader of the liberals in the European Parliament said on Wednesday that the Czech government being formed by Andrej Babiš would be an ally in pushing forward EU reforms needed after Brexit.

Future EU 31-10-2017

Puigdemont says will stay in Belgium, accept snap election

Dismissed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is not seeking political asylum in Belgium and will not return to Spain until he is guaranteed a fair trial, he told a packed news conference in Brussels’  European quarter on Tuesday (31 October).

31-10-2017

What role should Germany’s new federal government play in Europe?

Brexit, EU enlargement, the Greek debt crisis: during the German election campaign European politics has hardly played a role.

30-10-2017

Gruevski’s opposition does not recognise local election results in Macedonia

Macedonia's main opposition leader cried foul over local election results after gains for the ruling party in a second round of polls on Sunday (29 October) and demanded a snap parliamentary vote.

Future EU 27-10-2017

Rajoy sacks Catalan government, calls snap election

Spain on Friday (27 October) sacked Catalonia’s regional government, dissolved the Catalan parliament and called a snap election in the region for 21 December, in a bid to draw a line under Spain’s worst political crisis in 40 years.

Future EU 27-10-2017

Moedas: ‘What’s going around in Spain is very difficult for all sides’

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation admitted that the dramatic events and tensions in Spain over Catalonia were “very difficult for all the sides”, but repeated the official position of the EU executive that the constitutional order in Spain should prevail.

Energy 27-10-2017

A coal phase-out in Europe can be planned

Italy just added its name to the list of country’s pledging to phase out coal. A fair energy transition requires significant efforts but there is experience to build on, writes Julian Schwartzkopff.

27-10-2017

Andrej Babiš: Who is the new Czech prime minister?

Czech President Miloš Zeman instructed Andrej Babiš to form a new government. With 99% of the votes counted, his party ANO, collected 29.76% of popular support.

27-10-2017

Catalonia on uncertain footing as elections ruled out

Madrid was poised on Friday (27 October) to seize control of Catalonia after the region's secessionist leader opted not to call regional elections, which had been seen as a way to ease Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

CETA 26-10-2017

France to ratify CETA next year, seeks ‘green veto’

France's parliament is expected to ratify the CETA trade deal with Canada around the second half of 2018, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot told reporters yesterday (25 October). But he made it clear that this will include “climate veto” powers.