Elections

25-05-2017

Polish president wants referendum on constitution in 2018

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday (24 May) he wants to hold a referendum in November 2018 on whether to change the country's 20-year-old constitution, although it was not clear what kind of changes he was seeking.

25-05-2017

Macron’s party seen winning majority in French legislative elections

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win as much as a third of the vote in legislative elections next month, giving it a solid majority, two polls showed on Wednesday (24 May).

23-05-2017

Catalonia leader ups the ante in independence drive

Carles Puigdemont, the President of the Catalonia regional government, pledged to go ahead with independence referendum, even in the absence of agreed proposal for the future ahead by the authorities in Madrid.

23-05-2017

Eurozone fails to reach Greece debt deal amid IMF row

Eurozone finance ministers failed to reach a deal for fresh bailout cash for Greece yesterday (22 May), as a row with the International Monetary Fund over debt relief dragged on.

Brexit 23-05-2017

Suspected terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert

At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester yesterday (22 May), in what two US officials said was a suspected suicide bombing.

Freedom of thought 22-05-2017

Abortion row hits pro-EU LibDems UK election campaign

The most staunchly pro-EU party in the upcoming British election has been hit by a row over its leader’s Christian beliefs, especially on abortion, undermining its call for a second Brexit referendum.

22-05-2017

Germany’s Social Democrats target Merkel in Turkey airbase row

Germany's Social Democrats raised pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (21 May), saying if she could not resolve a row with Turkey over access to the Incirlik air base, German troops should move.

19-05-2017

‘Nazi salute’ scandal unfolds in Bulgaria

A deputy minister in the new Bulgarian government resigned after a photo emerged of him giving a Nazi salute. Pressure is building on his boss, the leader of a nationalist party and the deputy prime minister in Boyko Borissov's cabinet, to resign as well.

19-05-2017

Polls suggest parliamentary majority within reach for Macron

A parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for centrist French President Emmanuel Macron in next month's parliamentary election, opinion polls indicated yesterday (18 May), as his cross-partisan government held its first meeting.

Central Europe 19-05-2017

Poland defies EU over asylum seekers

Poland refused yesterday (18 May) to yield to pressure from the European Union to take in any asylum seekers under a relocation scheme despite an EU threat of legal action.

19-05-2017

French MEPs left cold as Strasbourg goes giddy over Macron

The new French president was the main topic of conversation among visibly excited MEPs in Strasbourg this week. But the French themselves were among the least enthusiastic. EURACTIV France reports.

Freedom of thought 18-05-2017

Hungarian vote badly divides EPP group

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) was badly fractured yesterday (17 May) over a vote condemning the "serious deterioration" in the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary, with 107 of the group's MEPs voting against the instructions of the EPP leadership, and only 92 following them.

18-05-2017

Irish PM Enda Kenny announces resignation

Enda Kenny announced yesterday (17 May) he will step down as Ireland's prime minister after six years once his Fine Gael party elects a new leader.

18-05-2017

Macron blurs party lines with mixed French cabinet

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed his first cabinet yesterday (17 May) mixing Socialists, centrists and rightwingers with newcomers to politics as he pressed ahead with plans to create a broad governing coalition.

17-05-2017

Schulz’s Socialists pledge hard line on domestic security

Two days after Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) lost a crucial state election, the party has pledged to take a harder line on internal security, as it gambles on the issue playing a prominent role in September's election. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

17-05-2017

Tusk heads to Paris for first meeting with Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet EU Council President Donald Tusk in Paris today (17 May), the new leader's office said.

17-05-2017

Austria calls October election, far-right FPÖ could enter government

Austria's main parties agreed to hold an early parliamentary election on 15 October, Chancellor Christian Kern said yesterday (16 May), in a vote that might bring the far-right Freedom Party into government.

Central Europe 17-05-2017

Commission sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

The European Union yesterday (16 May) set a June deadline for Poland and Hungary to start admitting their share of migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece or risk sanctions.

16-05-2017

EU ministers to debate threats to rule of law in member state Poland

For the first time ever, EU governments will debate today (16 May) on what is considered to be internal affairs of one of the Union’s members – Poland.

16-05-2017

Macron, Merkel vow new momentum for Europe

France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (15 May) vowed to give a new impetus to Europe, even if it requires treaty change, after Macron appointed a prime minister from the conservative camp.

15-05-2017

Macron hopes new centre-right PM will broaden political appeal

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, appointed a conservative prime minister earlier today (15 May) in a shrewd move designed to broaden his political appeal ahead of legislative elections next month. But just who is Macron’s new right-hand man?

Central Europe 15-05-2017

Macron’s win puts pressure on Poland, Hungary to align with EU

While the election of Emmanuel Macron as French president with a vision of closer European Union integration was a relief to much of Europe, for Poland and Hungary it fanned fears of losing influence.

15-05-2017

Austria heads for snap election as coalition shatters

Austria's youthful foreign minister took over as leader of the country's main conservative party on Sunday (14 May) and called for a snap parliamentary election that centre-left Chancellor Christian Kern admitted he could not prevent.

15-05-2017

Macron takes over as president, promising to relaunch the EU

Emmanuel Macron became France's youngest ever president yesterday (14 May), promising at his inauguration to restore the country's lost confidence and relaunch the flagging European Union.