EU Elections 2014

Elections 04-11-2016

ALDE president: ‘We can be the strongest European party’

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is traditionally the third strongest political group in the European Parliament, but in the 2014 elections, it suffered big losses, dropping below the ECR. Now it looks like the liberals are back. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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.

Corina Cre?u [European Commission]
Regional Policy 28-10-2014

Cre?u: ‘I will cut financing to luxury investment’

"My intention as a social democrat is to cut financing of projects that involve luxury investments which are not absolutely necessary, like fitness and SPA centres," Corina Cre?u, the new Romanian commissioner for Regional Policy, told EURACTIV Romania in an exclusive interview.

Rebecca Harms [Website of Green/EFA group]
Climate change 06-10-2014

Rebecca Harms: Oettinger is a man of big business

As energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger killed proposals that could have led to greater energy savings, job creation, and climate protection, Rebecca Harms, President of the Greens- European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV Poland, in an exclusive interview.

Hans-Olaf Henkel from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party
Euro & Finance 18-09-2014

Henkel MEP: Moscovici is ‘the Trojan Horse in the Commission’

German Eurosceptic MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel explains why he thinks Moscovici is France's "Trojan horse" in the European Commission and why Chancellor Merkel is secretly pleased with the appointment. He also talks about EU-US free trade negotiations, saying that without transparency on what is being negotiated, it is impossible to have a legitimate opinion on the agreement.

Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht is not sure German Commissioner Günther Oettinger will be able to stand his ground on the EU's digital agenda opposite Sillicon Valley giants like Google and Amazon. [EP]
Digital 12-09-2014

MEP Albrecht: Oettinger risks being crushed by his portfolio

By putting Günther Oettinger in charge of the digital economy in the new European Commission, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has committed a fatal mistake, said MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, warning that Oettinger risks being "crushed" by his new portfolio.

Antonio Mugica [Smartmatic/YouTube]
Economy & Jobs 01-08-2014

e-Democracy entrepreneur: ‘Online voting will boom in coming years’

More and more governments are introducing tools to have citizens vote electronically and via the internet in elections. The next step, according to the e-democracy entrepreneur, Antonio Mugica, is creating tools for people to engage with lawmakers on a daily basis.

MEP Reinhard Bütikofer [EP]
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2014

Green MEP: ‘Juncker could be the most successful Commission president since Jacques Delors’

The majority won by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Parliament was not an attempt to save face, says Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer. The legislator voted for Juncker because the centre-right politician shares many positions of the European Greens, and could set a new EU course on issues like immigration policy, TTIP and socio-economic policy.

Anders Primdahl Vistisen [Europa-Parlamentet i Danmark/Flickr]

Youngest MEP: ‘EU unemployment schemes have no value’

Anders Primdahl Vistisen is the youngest of all 751 MEPs who just began their term in Strasbourg. As a future member of the budget committees, Vistisen, a Danish People’s Party member, is focused on slimming down the budgets and also on the EU’s programmes on youth unemployment.

Brexit 20-06-2014

Sajjad Karim: Juncker’s EU Commission bid is not backed by the Treaty

There is nothing in the EU treaties that means Jean-Claude Juncker must be the next European Commission President, Sajjad Karim told EURACTIV, before arguing that the rise of extreme parties in Europe was a message from voters demanding reform of the European Union.

Manfred Weber is the newly elected chairman of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. [EP]
12-06-2014

EPP chairman: Juncker will be the next Commission president

The EPP Group stands behind Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next Commission president, a promise to European voters that must be kept after the party’s victory in the EU elections, said Manfred Weber, describing his political agenda, and explaining why cooperation with the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is taboo.

Labour MEP Richard Corbett [Photo: www.richardcorbett.org.uk]
Brexit 06-06-2014

Richard Corbett MEP: ‘Cameron doesn’t have a veto’ on next EU Commission chief

Unlike John Major in 1994, British Prime Minister David Cameron does not have a veto right over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission and he risks ridicule if he is sidelined, says Richard Corbett.

Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. 2013 [The Council of the European Union]
30-05-2014

Mario Monti: Euroscepticism contains ‘a bone of truth’

Italy is emerging from the EU elections as a key player in the European Union, says former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. Although Eurosceptic populists' proposed solutions are systematically wrong, a 'bone of truth' lies within the populists' criticisms of of Europe .

Prof. Mark Andreas Kayser lectures at Berlin's Hertie School of Governance. [Hertie School of Governance]
30-05-2014

Political scientist: European Parliament will not solve EU legitimacy crisis

Empowering the European Parliament will not solve the EU's crisis of legitimacy. This effort has hit a dead end, says Professor Mark Andreas Kayser, advocating instead for more influence in the Council of Ministers and national legislatures.

27-05-2014

Romanian President: Fair play usually prevails in the EU

Romanian President Traian B?sescu told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that, according to the EU rules of fair play, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, leading candidate of the EPP group, should be given the chance to obtain the support of the European Parliament to become Commission President.

Michael Kaeding is Jean-Monnet Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. [Universität Duisburg-Essen]
27-05-2014

German analyst: Merkel ‘did not win the elections’

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) played the German card during the European elections, riding on the nationality of its top candidate Martin Schulz, who is primarily responsible for the SPD’s spike in votes, according to Michael Kaeding.

"Switzerland is for referenda. So are we." The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) could win up to 7% in the European elections on 25 May. [Patrick Timmann]
25-05-2014

German AfD candidate: ‘The EU is upside down’

A new decision-making structure, less EU level competences, and Latin as the official language in Brussels are just some improvements Beatrix von Storch says would help turn the EU right-side up.

Professor Christina Holtz-Bacha. [Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg]
23-05-2014

Media expert: Falling voter participation caught in a vicious cycle

Across Europe, decreasing voter participation rates are seen as an indicator for falling public support of the European idea, but the two may not be so closely related, says Dr. Christina Holtz-Bacha.

Thomas Krüger is president of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). [bpb]
Economy & Jobs 22-05-2014

Civic education chief: Germans see ‘less at stake’ in EU elections

For many, the European election is a "secondary election", as shown by participation rates in Germany’s Wahl-O-Match vote matching tool. After three weeks online, demand remains modest, but the application helps inspire political discourse among voters, says Thomas Krüger.

Danish employers’ chief: ‘We are completely dependent on Denmark being part of the core of the EU’

The Danish European Parliament election campaign has focused heavily on benefits tourism and criticism of the EU's single market and free movement. But the benefits of open labour markets in the EU outweigh the problems, says the CEO of the Confederation of Danish Employers (DA) Jørn Neergaard Larsen. Together with the major labour unions, DA has published a declaration on the EU and the labour market, in attempt to reverse the negative debate.

Marley Morris
15-05-2014

Researcher: Eurosceptic alliance bears inherent risk of collapse

Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and other far-right Eurosceptics are campaigning to get their ‘European Alliance for Freedom’ group off the ground in the next EU Parliament. But major differences remain, which could cause the group to collapse in the long term, Marley Morris says.

Romeo Franz is twelfth on the list of Germany's Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party in the 2014 European Elections. [romeo-franz.de]

Green candidate: Merkel’s Roma policy is ‘inhumane’

Minority rights must be a priority in the EU and Commissioners should be better informed on issues related to Sinti and Roma. Despite anonymous death threats, Romeo Franz intends to be the first German Sinto in the European Parliament, he said in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.

12-05-2014

Durant: The hybrid game of engaging EU citizens

Selecting top candidates for Commission president is a ‘hybrid’ game that will not deliver any result as long as there are no transnational lists. The exercise will not galvanise the attention of EU citizens, said European Parliament Vice-president Isabelle Durant in an interview with EURACTIV.

Pietro De Matteis [Stand Up for Europe]
06-05-2014

Federalist candidate: It’s not about immigration, it’s about mobility

The European Federalist Party will run in seven EU member states in the EU elections. Candidate Pietro De Matteis urges to put a federal Europe up to a vote, as “national parties no longer have the tools to do what they promise to the people”.