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Scotland to become independent ‘within 20 years’, says Salmond

EU Elections 2014

Public Affairs 18-05-2015

Analysts: 2019 EU elections will be transformative for European democracy

The Spitzenkandidaten process was never going to be the magic wand, creating a new sense of engagement. But it will in 2019, if we are able to learn the lesson of 2014, said Julian Priestley and Nereo Peñalver Garcia, in an interview with EurActiv.
Elections 18-03-2015

National Front undermines French influence in Brussels

The meteoric rise of the French National Front in the 2014 elections has further undermined France's ailing influence in the European Parliament, according to a report by the Schuman Foundation. The French positions in the Council and the Commission have not deteriorated to the same extent. EurActiv France reports
EU Priorities 2020 05-02-2015

Wrap-up: first 100 days of #TeamJunckerEU

EurActiv looks back at the first 100 days of the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, showing how the new team progressed.   
EU Elections 2014 28-01-2015

French Socialists inspired by Syriza victory

After observing the rise of the radical left in Greece with suspicion, France's Socialists have extended a warm welcome to Alexis Tsipras following his election victory. EurActiv France reports
Elections 11-12-2014

Italy's Northern League calls for EU to be 'demolished'

In a European political landscape increasingly populated with insurgent, anti-system parties, Italy's extremist Northern League is the latest to profit from a groundswell of hostility to the European Union.
Public Affairs 11-12-2014

European Parliament agrees on new intergroups

Intergroups have no legislative power, but are formed to promote exchange of views - on subjects as diverse as animal rights or youth - and are often used as a single point of contact by lobbyists. EurActiv France reports
Global Europe 05-12-2014

The EU needs to stop playing hardball with Turkey

A more inclusive EU would symbolize a new era of global cooperation, validating Turkey’s record as a meaningful partner, writes Yusif Babanly.
UK & Europe 03-12-2014

MEPs face loss of legitimacy if they fail parliamentary reform

If the European Union lacks somewhat in terms of popular legitimacy, the electoral procedure of the European Parliament must have something to do with it. Fortunately, Parliament is itself responsible for initiating electoral reform, although like all parliaments it must overcome the vested interests of serving deputies that provide an in-built bias towards the status quo, writes Andrew Duff.
EU Priorities 2020 27-11-2014

Juncker emerges stronger from Luxleaks censure motion

The European Parliament rejected a motion of censure against Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s team today (27 November), the result being better than the one he obtained when the Commission was initially voted on, two weeks before the Luxleaks scandal erupted.

Juncker: Christmas has come early, here is my big plan

“I promised to present an ambitious Investment Plan before Christmas. One month later and Christmas has come early – I am here to deliver on my promise”, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs, presenting his €315 billion investment plan.
EU Priorities 2020 25-11-2014

Juncker set to survive censure motion as MEPs trade insults

A no-confidence motion in the EU's new chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker had no chance of success after the Eurosceptic lawmakers who brought it traded insults with the bigger parties in the European Parliament on Monday (24 November).
EU Priorities 2020 24-11-2014

Socialists slam extreme right’s censure motion against Juncker

The centre-left appears strongly supportive of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of today’s (24 November) debate on a motion of censure against him, lodged by the National Front of Marine Le Pen, UKIP of Nigel Farage and other anti-EU MEPs.

Euro & Finance 19-11-2014

Juncker faces censure motion over Luxembourg tax deals

The European Commission faces a censure motion in the European Parliament next week after right-wing, and far-right Eurosceptic lawmakers united to condemn the role its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, played in Luxembourg tax evasion schemes.
EU Elections 2014 17-11-2014

French National Front plagued by anti-Semitism

A recent study published by the Foundation for Political Innovation has dealt a blow to the legitimacy of France's National Front, establishing a strong relationship between the NF and anti-Semitism in France. EurActiv France reports
EU Priorities 2020 13-11-2014

Juncker out of the woods after Parliament stunt

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made an unexpected appearance in the European Parliament hemicycle yesterday (12 November), and apparently succeeded in defusing tensions following the “Luxleaks” revelation of secret deals granting preferential tax treatments to multinational companies in his home country, Luxembourg.
EU Priorities 2020 12-11-2014

Juncker breaks cover on Luxleaks

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a surprise appearance in front of the Brussels press on Wednesday (12 November) to address the 'Luxleaks' scandal, rejecting all accusations of masterminding corporate tax evasion as Prime Minister of Luxembourg and announcing a new EU initiative to clamp down on tax avoidance.
EU Priorities 2020 12-11-2014

Leftist group gathers MEP signatures to oust Juncker Commission over Luxleaks

The leftist GUE/NGL group has started gathering signatures from MEPs for a motion of censure against the commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker over his involvement in widespread tax evasion while he was Finance Minister of Luxembourg, revealed by the so-called Luxleaks.
EU Elections 2014 07-11-2014

Juncker resists calls to face MEPs over ‘Luxembourg leaks’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is reluctant to face MEPs next week, and shed light on whether the secret tax deals between more than 300 international companies and Luxembourg are in accordance with EU law.
EU Elections 2014 07-11-2014

Verhofstadt calls on Juncker to come clean

ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt called on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to come clean Thursday (6 November), following revelations of massive tax-avoidance practices in his native Luxembourg, during Juncker's premiership.

Juncker: I will always respond to unfair criticism from national EU leaders

Jean-Claude Juncker signaled that his Commission will be very different from that of his predecessor, José Manuel Barroso. Not only did he personally meet the press following the weekly College meeting. Juncker announced that he would not leave any unfair criticism coming from EU capitals without a reply.
EU Priorities 2020 05-11-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who's who in the new European Commission?

Jean-Claude Juncker's team of European Commissioners was approved by the European Parliament on 22 October 2014 and officially took office on 1 November 2014. Who is who in the new Commission? EurActiv has this full overview.
Public Affairs 03-11-2014

Juncker Commission pledges to be more media-friendly

The new European Commission led by President Jean-Claude Juncker, which held its first working day today (3 November,) will be more media-friendly, Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas told the Brussels press.
EU Elections 2014 03-11-2014

Commission presidential race only interested 5% of European electorate

Choosing the future President of the European Commission only motivated 5% of voters in the May 2014 elections. Germany, Luxembourg and Austria were the only countries to show slightly more interest in the presidential race between the two main candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz. reports
EU Priorities 2020 03-11-2014

Scotland to become independent 'within 20 years', says Salmond

Scotland will break away from the United Kingdom within 20 years, the defeated leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party predicted on Sunday (2 November), after a poll showed a majority of voters would back independence if another referendum were held today.