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.
In Germany, elections are a ‘self-organised act of the people’: it is the only EU member state where EU elections are overseen by ordinary citizens, and an independent returning officer, who spoke in Berlin on Wednesday (16 April). EurActiv Germany reports.
A controversial MEP candidate has put the Bulgarian Movement of Rights and Freedoms party at odds within its own Liberal group, and has antagonised its potential allies, the Socialists, and the centre-right European People’s Party.
Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU party and the Bavarian CSU are closely integrated, but they will run separate campaigns for the European elections, top CDU candidate David McAllister explained, pointing out stark differences between the two sister parties. EurActiv
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 “homosexual culture”.