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TV debate to show Juncker-Schulz duel

EU Presidential Debates 2014


EU Elections 2014 22-05-2014

EU elections: Latest across Europe

Nationals of the UK and the Netherlands stated voting today (22nd May) in the European elections. The UK holds combined local and European elections. On 23 May, EU elections will be held in Ireland and will also hold local elections. On Saturday, Latvians, Maltese and Slovaks will vote, as well as the French citizens from overseas territories.
Global Europe 21-05-2014

Juncker and Schulz say 'no' to Turkey in last TV duel

In their final debate on German television ahead of the EU elections, the two leading candidates for the European Commission promised that Turkey would not join the club under their watch. EurActiv Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 19-05-2014

Next Commission chief could be 'an outsider', Van Rompuy says

Herman Van Rompuy, the European Council President, has reiterated his personal reservations about the pan-European 'Spitzenkandidaten' for the EU elections, stressing the next EU Commission president “needs a large majority in the Council too”.
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EU Elections 2014 16-05-2014

Top EU job rivals hold last TV debate before election

Candidates for the Presidency of the next European Commission held the last televised debate on Thursday, before Europeans go to the polls next week.
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EU Priorities 2020 16-05-2014

Commission president candidates face off in last TV debate

In a multilingual debate, which turned into a fight about austerity, the candidates to become the next President of the European Commission on Thursday (15 May) showed the face of a not-so-divided, decidedly diverse Europe.
EU Elections 2014 16-05-2014

Diversity wins as EU presidential candidates try to impress voters

In a multilingual debate, which turned into a fight about austerity, the candidates to become the next President of the European Commission on Thursday (15 May) showed the face of a not-so-divided, decidely diverse Europe.
EU Elections 2014 15-05-2014

Wrap-up: EU 'Spitzenkandidaten' debate in Brussels

On Thursday evening (15 May), five contenders for the European Commission presidency faced each other in the 'Eurovision Debate' in Brussels. Review the debate and read up on the discussion as it happened, in our wrap-up below.
EU Elections 2014 12-05-2014

Juncker: Merkel promised to give me Commission presidency if EPP wins

Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday (11 May) he had won assurances from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he would become the next European Commission president if their centre-right bloc wins the European parliamentary elections on May 22-25.
EU Elections 2014 12-05-2014

The intergovernmental drift has weakened the EU, says Parliament's VP

The Lisbon Treaty paradox, under which more power was given to the European Parliament, but EU leaders have gained in prominence, has undermined Europe and paved the way for growing Euroscepticism, said European Parliament Vice-president,  Isabelle Durant, in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.
EU Priorities 2020 09-05-2014

Second EU presidential debate ends with ‘no winner’

Hosted by the European University Institute in Florence, candidates for the European Commission president left many of the observers in the audience wondering what the real political message of the four contenders actually was.
Digital 06-05-2014

French government wants European debate on TV

Faced with the rising discontent regarding the lack of media coverage for the EU Commission presidency debates, the French Minister of Culture has sent demands to the French Audio-visual Council. EurActiv France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2014

Keller: Europe is more than just conservatives and socialists

Ska Keller is in the middle of a pan-European campaign and is facing some political heavyweights in the EU ‘presidential debates’. But the main question facing the European Greens is what role will they still play after 25 May? A question Keller answers in an interview with EurActiv.


EU Elections 2014 30-04-2014

German public TV downplays EU presidential debate

The public broadcasting decision in Germany to feature the Europe-wide television debate between European top candidates on a “special interest channel” with little viewers has been sharply criticised by politicians, experts and tens of thousands of Internet users. EurActiv Germany reports.
Digital 30-04-2014

Twitter wins at Maastricht presidential debate

Even though the first presidential debate in Maastricht on Monday (28 April) did not produce a clear winner, Twitter has shown it can play a prominent role in the EU election campaign.
EU Elections 2014 29-04-2014

EU Commission candidates show their 'faces'

The first European presidential debate on Monday evening (28 April) in Maastricht turned out to be more of a warm-up session than a real contest of ‘visions’ for the future of Europe.

European unemployment insurance gains ground

The idea of an EU unemployment insurance has resurfaced during the European elections. Experts argue that it could reduce the effects of the economic crisis and bolster Union social policies. EurActiv France reports.
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EU Elections 2014 28-04-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: EU Presidential Debates 2014

With less than four weeks to go before polls open on 22-25 May, the parties' main candidates for the EU Commission presidency face each other in a series of 'Presidential Debates', broadcasted by national and European media. The main candidates, or 'Spitzenkandidaten', are put forward by their parties as official candidates to lead the EU executive. They will battle it out over their vision for the EU, discussing raging unemployment, energy, economy and all the big challenges facing europe today. Seven debates in total are planned. Four of these will feature at least four candidates, who represent mainstream parties. The two main contenders in the race, the socialist Martin Schulz, and centre-right Jean-Claude Juncker, will also engage in three 'face-off' debates.
EU Elections 2014 28-04-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: EU Presidential Debates 2014

With less than four weeks to go before polls open on 22-25 May, the parties' main candidates for the EU Commission presidency face each other in a series of 'Presidential Debates', broadcasted by national and European media.
Digital 25-04-2014

French TV will not air EU Commission Presidency debate

20 European channels will broadcast the debate between candidates for the presidency of the European Commission on 15 May. However, France Télévisions has decided to not air the debate. EurActiv France reports.

Next EU Commission President will be a polyglot

Being able to speak many languages is an important skillset for any high-ranking European politician. When it comes to language skills, some candidates for the presidency of the European Commission have a clear linguistic advantage. EurActiv France reports.
EU Elections 2014 14-04-2014

Le Pen’s 'dodgy' economics

The leader of the Front National, Marine Le Pen, is under fire for her economic programme, and turning down a televised debate with Martin Schulz. EurActiv France reports.
EU Elections 2014 10-04-2014

Juncker and Schulz struggle to find differences in first TV debate

The top two rival candidates to lead the European Commission struggled Wednesday (9 April) to find real policy differences in the first live television debate ahead of European Parliament elections next month.
UK & Europe 03-04-2014

Farage wins BBC debate, on track for electoral gain

In an election debate on the BBC, eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage beat the liberal and pro-European Nick Clegg, with applause lines that Britain should “free itself” from the EU.
EU Elections 2014 17-03-2014

TV debate to show Juncker-Schulz duel

Socialist and centre-right European parties have picked each other as prime targets for the EU election campaign, with new TV debates between Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker scheduled for May.