EU Elections 2014

Elections 11-07-2017

Replacing Juncker: A centre-left struggle

French Commissioner Pierre Moscovici’s name has been linked with the EU executive’s top job once the current president’s mandate ends. If Juncker’s successor is chosen in the same way he got the job, then how good are Moscovici’s chances? Nicholas Whyte explains.

Elections 29-03-2017

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas.

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.

Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
Brexit 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 22-10-2014

The Juncker Commission: What party balances?

The inauguration of the Juncker Commission brings to a close a nomination process in which Commissioners' party ties played an important role. It is nevertheless balanced, on fairly stable partisan grounds, in comparison with the Barroso Commission, and is likely to move towards political choices oscillating between continuity and a break with the past, argues Yves Bertoncini.

EU Priorities 2020 14-10-2014

If Bulc is nominated, the next Dan Brown novel should be about the Brussels bubble

Some Europeans are deeply respectful of European institutions and serious about the jobs of the persons that lead it. It is a valuable project that brought peace, prosperity and democracy to the continent. It deserves full support. On the other hand, the Slovenian centre-left was cheering to the song that refrains “Europe is a gang of thieves” [see related EURACTIV article].

EU Priorities 2020 23-09-2014

Juncker’s Commission vice-presidents are a well-intentioned, but bad idea

The Juncker Commission will have vice-presidents with power over other commissioners but that may create more problems than it solves, writes Mark Rhinard.

EU Priorities 2020 09-09-2014

Beyond individuals: a more effective structure for the Commission

Commenting on the leaked organigram of the next Commission, Fabian Zuleeg says that new executive should reflect not only an acceptable political bargain, but also makes progress in making the structure more effective.

EU Priorities 2020 09-09-2014

Scotland and de-globalisation

The prospect of Scottish independence is further evidence that the era of increasing globalisation, with all its benefits to capital, is waning fast. Support for independence, an issue to be put to a vote among Scots on Sept. 18, has surged in recent days, with those in favor registering their first opinion poll lead over the weekend, writes James Saft.

04-09-2014

The EU is in a spin, officials get caught in revolving doors

It's revolving door season in Brussels as ex-MEPs, departing commissioners and former officials decide on their future career moves. But the rules preventing conflicts of interest and abuses of power are found wanting states Vicky Cann.

EU leaders sideline gender parity at summit

?Appointing 40% of women to the Commission has become mission impossible, and it is legitimate to wonder whether the wind from the conservative corner isn’t blowing too loud in Europe, writes Maari Põim.

01-09-2014

New EU trio is now complete, what next?

New EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini face hard times, and deserve our support, writes Fraser Cameron.

EU Priorities 2020 29-08-2014

Herman’s handbook for the new Council President

Despite a reputation for having the “charisma of a damp rag”, as Nigel Farage once put it, Van Rompuy made European Council meetings more efficient and his successor should learn a lot from him, writes Agata Gosty?ska.

Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe
EU Priorities 2020 27-08-2014

Hoping for an unexpectedly strong EU foreign policy chief

On 30 August, European leaders will gather to announce what they hope will be a weak successor to Catherine Ashton. It would be better for the EU if those hopes were dashed and a strong individual were to emerge, writes Jan Techau.

22-08-2014

Bring women into the College!

The newly elected European Parliament has more female MEPs than ever in its history and the days when there was just one female member of the European Council are long history. Ten female out of 28 Commissioners is just the bottom line for the new Juncker Commission as there is no way the European Parliament will accept a College packed with testosterone, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski.

Future EU 07-08-2014

Cluster model could help Juncker solve Commission puzzle

An influential think-tank’s proposal to streamline the European executive may hold the solution to incoming Commission President Jean Claude Juncker’s difficulties in apportioning jobs among his new team, writes Jeremy Fleming.

Bernadette Ségol, general secretary of the ETUC. [ETUC CES/Flickr]

MEPs, make Juncker keep his promises

Jean-Claude Juncker was elected European Commission president on the basis of a social, even hopeful ten-point plan for Europe. Now, MEPs bear the responsibility to hold him into account on these promises, writes Bernadette Ségol.

Giles Merritt [Friends of Europe/Flickr]

Juncker’s make-or-break presidency

The EU elections highlighted the “big picture” of the EU’s accelerating unpopularity, but was quickly eclipsed by the much smaller question of who should head the European Commission. Let's get back to the big questions: Europe's influence, EU bureaucracy and how to rule over the EU citizen, writes Giles Merritt.

Brexit 08-07-2014

Excluding political groups in EU Parliament is bad for democracy

A voting alliance between the three largest pro-European parties to block Nigel Farage's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group from European Parliament committee chairs casts doubts over the Parliament's ability to guarantee pluralism, write Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts.

Sajjad Karim MEP [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2014

Citizens deserve an EU Parliament president that signifies change

European voters asked for greater transparency and accountability in the EU institutions; Parliament should respond by electing a president that signifies change, Sajjad Karim writes in an open letter.

Jacques Delors [Parti socialiste/Flickr]
EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2014

EU election aftermath: ask for the programme

The policy priorities for Europe matter just as much as who takes the EU executive's lead. Now is the time to dig in and agree on a direction for the troika, 'Greater Europe' and clarity in policy making, write Jacques Delors and António Vitorino.

Mose Apelblat

Hate speech in the European Parliament?

An oath of allegiance to the Treaty of the EU and 'European values' should ban far-right, anti-immigrant and racist politicians from the European Parliament. Sounds too good to be true? That's because it is, writes Mose Apelblat.

EU Priorities 2020 20-06-2014

Why Cameron should accept Juncker

London should hug - not hate - the Luxembourg former prime minister and David Cameron should pick up the phone and ask: 'Can we talk?', writes Denis MacShane.

Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
Brexit 17-06-2014

Cameron’s battle against Juncker is futile and misguided

In line with what we've heard from UK prime minister David Cameron, the Commission's programme for the next five years is as important as who takes on the presidency. Contrary to British claims, though, none of the Spitzenkandidaten is aiming for ‘business as usual’, writes Andrew Duff.