EU Elections 2014 30-08-2014

Paris socialist pre-summit focuses on economy, employment

Eight social democrat leaders including Sigmar Gabriel from Germany, Denmark's Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Italy's Matteo Renzi said today (30 August) in Paris that they want to add economic policy to the agenda of the EU summit.

INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]
EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]

After a first plenary session and a series committee meetings in early July 2014, key positions were distributed in the European Parliament.

The European Parliament’s 22 committees held their first meeting on Monday (7 July). On the agenda was the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs.

The week before, MEPs gathered for the Parliament's first plenary session in Strasbourg, and elected a president, vice-presidents and quaestors. They also appointed the leader(s) of their faction.

The final leading positions were settled after one Vice-President, Corina Cretu, was selected to take up a Commissioner role in Jean-Claude Juncker's EU executive team.

Find an overview of the Parliament's key faces for 2014-2019 in our infographic.

EU Priorities 2020 18-06-2014

Schulz: I want to become Commission vice-president

Stepping down as President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz was elected on Wednesday group leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the Chamber.

EU Elections 2014 13-06-2014

Parliament criticises UK for opposing Juncker as next Commission president

The European Parliament told EU council president Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday to nominate EPP Jean Claude Juncker as the next commission president. Parliament leaders warned that the Chamber is ready to veto any other candidates.

EU Priorities 2020 10-06-2014

Merkel: I want Juncker to be the next Commission president

In a press conference in Sweden on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker should take the EU's top job.  

Daniel Hannan and Syed Kamall, leading Conservative MEPs [European Parliament]
EU Elections 2014 05-06-2014

Cameron’s group challenges liberals as kingmakers in new Parliament

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) this week welcomed several new member parties that could make it the European Parliament's third largest group while weakening its rivals. But what will the group look like?

EU Elections 2014 04-06-2014

German MEP Manfred Weber elected new EPP president

Center right European People's Party elected on Wednesday its new president, German MEP Manfred Weber.

Mose Apelblat
EU Elections 2014 02-06-2014

How do we face extremists in the EU Parliament?

The recent elections witnessed the rise of Eurosceptic, anti-EU, anti-immigrant, populist, reactionary and even neo-Nazi parties in several EU member states. Their MEPs will have to respect the fundamental values of the EU, but how binding is this, really, asks Mose Apelblat.

Fredrik Erixon [ECIPE]
EU Elections 2014 30-05-2014

After the election – business as usual

In a strange kind of way, the result of last weekend’s elections is “business as usual”. Ideas to strengthen the role of the European Parliament will be moderated and new, eurosceptic voices will have difficulty exercising any influence, writes Fredrik Erixon.

Marine Le Pen & Nigel Farage [Global Panorama/Flickr; European Parliament/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 29-05-2014

Le Pen and Farage battle for partners to form group

Marine Le Pen held a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday (28 May) to sketch out the parties that will join her future faction in the EU Parliament. But Le Pen faces competition from Nigel Farage’s EFD group to reach the threshold of member parties.

Marine Le Pen (FN) & Geert Wilders (PVV)
EU Elections 2014 28-05-2014

Future of Le Pen-Wilders alliance still uncertain

Far-right parties including the Front National and Dutch Freedom Party met on Wednesday (28 May) to discuss forming a new group in the European Parliament.

EU Elections 2014 28-05-2014

Schulz resigns as European Parliament President

Martin Schulz announced his resignation as European Parliament President on Wednesday, as he hopes to become chair of the S&D group to lead the negotiations with the EP political groups on the new Commission formation. 

EU Elections 2014 28-05-2014

EU leaders fail to support Juncker as Commission president

EU leaders gave Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Tuesday a mandate to start consultations on who could be the next president of the European Commission.

EU Elections 2014 28-05-2014

The race for European leadership

In the wake of the European leaders summit on Tuesday (27 May), Julian Priestley argues that only if the negotiations between the European parties and their parliamentary fail does it become conceivable that the European Council might have to reach out for a candidate outside the election process. But they have every incentive to succeed, because what’s at stake is bringing the direction of the EU within the parliamentary system.

EU Elections 2014 28-05-2014

Eurosceptic MEPs will have “marginal” influence in EU Parliament

The number of Eurosceptic MEPs has increased significantly, but the lack of a blocking minority means their influence in the Parliament will remain “marginal”. EurActiv France reports.

EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Samaras: We need solidarity among member states

On his arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said that he is 'happy' the EPP group won the EU elections.EU Heads of State and Governments are meeting on Tuesday in Brussels for an informal dinner to discuss the aftermath of the European elections and to start negotiations on who will be the next president of the European Commission. 

EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Merkel: Van Rompuy and Juncker to carry out post-election consultations

On her arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that both European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and EPP Commission president candidate Jean-Claude Juncker will be 'given a mandate' to carry out post-election consultations.

EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Orban: No automatic connection between the outcome of the election and the nomination

On his arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that there should not be an 'automatic connection between the outcome of the election and the nomination'.

EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Hollande: Europe should listen to what happened in France

On his arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande that the EU should undergo a 'reorientation'. “Europe should listen to what happened in France”. When France votes like it did on Sunday, when Front National won 25 per cent of votes, yes we have a problem”, Hollande added.

UK & Europe 27-05-2014

Cameron: Brussels is too big and bossy

On his arrival to the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the European Union needs change. “Brussels got too big, too bossy, too interfering”, Cameron said.

UK & Europe 27-05-2014

British influence will wane in new EU Parliament

The UK Independence Party’s victory, the loss of all but one Liberal Democrat MEP, the weakening of the Conservatives and the Labour Party's performance in local and European elections point to a waning British influence in Brussels.

Nicolas Bay [G. Bouchet/Front National. 2012].
EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Bad start for National Front MEPs

The National Front’s delegation will be the largest French group in the new European Parliament. Integrating the far-right party into the new assembly could prove to be delicate exercise. reports.

UK & Europe 27-05-2014

Farage: “There is a big dissident voice now in this Parliament”

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on Tuesday that “there is a big dissident voice now in this Parliament”, as the leaders of the European Parliament political groups met in Brussels ahead of an informal dinner of EU Heads of State and Governments on Tuesday evening.

EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Cameron tells leaders not to be ‘railroaded’ by EU election results

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned fellow European Union leaders today (27 May) not to be "railroaded" by the European Parliament into choosing a candidate to head up the next European Commission.