Europe thought it had settled the issue of territorial integrity in the 20th century, but Russia's annexation of Crimea shows it's not the case. Top candidates must put the issue at the heart of their EU elections' campaign, because the EU's stance on energy and foreign policy matters, said Pat Cox, in an interview with EurActiv.
On 22-25 May, all 28 EU member states will hold elections for the European Parliament. Across Europe, parties are gearing up to go head-to-head on unemployment, euroscepticism and the future of the union. Follow the latest news on what's happening in the member states, sourced from our EurActiv Network across 15 European countries.
Iulian Capsali, a Romanian Orthodox priest, has gathered the necessary signatures to be registered as independent candidate for the European elections, the Romanian press reports. He presents himself as “the candidate of the Romanian family”, campaigning against abortion and against the “homosexual culture”.
The far-right remains in the lead to win the European elections in France, according to a recent opinion poll, the second in the past six months that puts Marine Le Pen's party in pole position. EurActiv France reports.
Although the situation today is very different from 30 years ago, countries in favour of deeper European integration, and those against, remain very much the same, says Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, fellow in Social Sciences at the Adam Smith Business School, in Glasgow.
Green MEPs have rallied against appointments in the European Parliament administration involving its president, Martin Schulz, in the run-up to the EU elections, in which he is a candidate for the Commission presidency.
Many European politicians have mapped out social media strategies to win votes in the upcoming European election. But critics argue that politicians should not assume that they will be able reach the average citizen, warning that social media tends to favour populist politicians.