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19/01/2017

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

Elections


Elections 19-01-2017

Schulz’s departure paves way for leftist alliance in EU Parliament

The decision of former European Parliament President Martin Schulz to return to national politics came as a “relief” for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) who now have their hands free to forge alliances with political parties on the left, S&D sources told EurActiv in Strasbourg.

Germany reviewing nearly 550 migrants deemed a security risk

Germany said on Wednesday (18 January) that it would review the cases of nearly 550 asylum seekers who have been deemed a security risk, spurred by new questions about the handling of a Tunisian migrant who killed 12 people last month at a Berlin Christmas market.

Outrage over German populist's call to end Nazi guilt

A leading member of German right-wing populist party Alternative für Deutschland sparked an outcry Wednesday (18 January) by criticising the Holocaust memorial in Berlin and calling for the country to stop atoning for its Nazi past.
Public Affairs 18-01-2017

Vestager tipped for Commission vice-presidency

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager should take over Kristalina Georgieva's Commission vice-presidency , as a result of the new alliance between the European People’s Party and liberal ALDE groups, sources told EurActiv France.

Romanian president blocks draft corruption law

Romania's president today (18 January) blocked a series of controversial legal changes that would have protected corrupt politicians from prosecution.
Elections 18-01-2017

Outgoing president warns Bulgaria may lose EU Presidency

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev, whose term expires on Sunday, warned in his last speech in parliament today (18 January) that the country may lose its EU Presidency, "if it contributes to the division of the Union".
Elections 18-01-2017

Guy Verhofstadt's flagrant opportunism in the name of Europe

Guy Verhofstadt’s support dragged Italian conservative Antonio Tajani over the line in the European Parliament’s presidential election yesterday (17 January). This is a dark signal for a Europe in crisis. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

The Kremlin ‘full of enthusiasm’ to interfere in EU elections

Full of enthusiasm for Brexit and Trump's election, the Kremlin will actively interfere with this year’s elections in Europe, first and foremost in France and Germany, but also in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, an opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin told EurActiv.com yesterday (17 January).
Elections 17-01-2017

Tajani triumphant in historic Parliament presidency vote

Following intense political negotiations, centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) candidate Antonio Tajani was elected this evening (17 January) as president of the European Parliament.

Elections 17-01-2017

Socialists and Democrats push for ‘progressive’ coalition

Guy Verhofstadt’s decision to form an alliance with the European People’s Party (EPP) and back their candidate has triggered strong reactions on the left, while the Socialists and Democrats have promised an “alternative progressive solution”.
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.com 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 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.
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).