Elections

21-09-2017

Elections: What should German EU policy look like?

The outcome of the German elections will also shape the future of the EU. What do German associations, unions and civil society organisations demand from the future government with regards to EU financial, social and trade policies? EURACTIV Germany reports.

21-09-2017

‘It’s not over yet,’ Merkel warns supporters before vote

Returning to her birthplace, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged supporters to mobilise undecided voters before Sunday's election, telling them not to take her conservatives' solid lead in opinion polls for granted.

20-09-2017

Merkel’s EU-policies: Paris can wait

Merkel keeps a low profile in the election campaign regarding European issues, trying not to alienate voters as well as potential coalition partners.

Hungary set for another ‘national consultation’ targeting Soros

Hungary is set to launch another "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said on Tuesday (19 September), paving the way for fresh attacks on the man portrayed as the public enemy before next year's elections.

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2017

Post-election Germany: An iron chancellor with a liberal sidekick?

If the liberal FDP enters a coalition with the conservative CDU in Berlin, Merkel and Schäuble will have to adapt their plans for the future of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

19-09-2017

Budapest in ire as EU inspectors call at Orbán’s village

With an extravagant football stadium and an EU-funded narrow-gauge train famed for its lack of passengers, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's home village of Felcsut makes for an offbeat tourist destination.

Electric cars 19-09-2017

Build batteries or lose jobs, auto bosses tell Europe

Europe shouldn’t rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric car batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers said at the Frankfurt motor show.

19-09-2017

Merkel stays mum on finance ministry at Schäuble’s birthday bash

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised her veteran finance minister at a party in his honour yesterday (18 September), as a potential coalition partner laid claim to his job as their price for supporting her in power.

18-09-2017

Far-right party likened to Nazis to shake up German parliament

The first far-right party set to enter Germany’s parliament for more than a half a century says it will press for Chancellor Angela Merkel to be “severely punished” for opening the door to refugees and migrants.

18-09-2017

Rejuvenated Berlusconi lays out vote platform, eyes victory in Italy

Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, marking a formal return to Italy's political stage, laid out his policy priorities on Sunday (17 September) for the forthcoming election, portraying himself as a pro-European moderate.

Europe's East 18-09-2017

Germany’s Free Democrats may stall EU reform hopes

A week before German elections, the storied Free Democratic Party looks set to recover from a historic 2013 defeat and return to parliament - where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbours.

15-09-2017

Austria’s ‘Wunderwuzzi’ on course for election win at just 31

Tall, tanned and only 31, Austria's rising political star Sebastian Kurz oozed confidence as he strode to blaring pop music into Graz's main square -- seemingly with good reason.

Leak: ‘Temporary’ internal Schengen border checks could last four years

The European Union's executive offered initial backing yesterday (14 September) to a Franco-German proposal to allow more permanent border checks within the bloc's Schengen free-travel zone.

Future EU 14-09-2017

Austria’s leaders reject Juncker’s vision for eurozone expansion

Austria’s Social Democrat Chancellor Christian Kern and conservative Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz today (14 September) rejected European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s vision to expand eastward the euro and a border control free zone.

13-09-2017

Without changing treaties, Juncker changes the EU

The long-awaited State of the Union address delivered by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (13 September) has boldly set a plan for EU institutional change, without changing the Treaties.

Central Europe 13-09-2017

State of the Union: Juncker snubs Poland, overwhelms Romania, Bulgaria

Pro-European EU members Bulgaria and Romania were overwhelmed with attention in Commission President’s Jean-Claude Juncker State of the Union speech today (13 September). In contrast, Poland, l‘enfant terrible of the EU, was not mentioned a single time.

13-09-2017

Italy court deals blow to 5 Star ahead of Sicily vote

A court in Sicily has suspended the results of an internal primary ballot by the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, potentially disrupting its bid to win control of the island in an election in November.

12-09-2017

Some MEPs ready to pick the fight for pan-EU lists

In a somewhat heated debate on Monday (11 September), the European Parliament constitutional affairs committee inched forward the creation of transnational parliamentary lists, seizing the opportunity provided by Brexit.

Poland, Commission clash in top court over ancient forest

The European Union executive asked the bloc's top court yesterday (11 September) to fine Poland for violating a ban on logging in an ancient forest, but Warsaw said it was only trying to preserve unique woods.

Future EU 12-09-2017

‘Adios Spain’: Huge rally for Catalan independence before vote

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied yesterday (11 September) to demand their region's secession from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum which has been banned by Madrid.

Merkel and the refugees: How she emerged from a political abyss

Near the end of a recent campaign speech in northern Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel turned to Europe's refugee crisis of 2015 and offered her audience a comforting dual message.

11-09-2017

Schulz spells out conditions for coalition government

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat (SPD) challenger said on Sunday (10 September) his party would not form any alliances after the 24 September election unless fair wages, free education, secure pensions and a commitment to a democratic Europe were guaranteed.

08-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Lega Nord Means Berlusconi

The Lega Nord has won the election. Or so one would be inclined to believe, surveying the stories on Italian politics published since August in the (mostly) UK press. A bit of Brexit projection, perhaps? Not exactly, but it can’t be excluded either.

Economy & Jobs 08-09-2017

Amid EU treaty change fever, national ministers urge caution

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised an aggressive push to reform the European Union after the German election. But there is still great unease about opening this Pandora’s box.