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23/01/2017

EurActiv’s exclusive interview with EC’s Michel Barnier

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Elections 18-01-2017

Antonio Tajani: European Parliament's new president

European People’s Party (EPP) candidate Antonio Tajani has been elected as the European Parliament's new president. Tajani won the election by a slim 69 vote margin. In his acceptance speech, he dedicated his win to citizens in need.
Elections 17-01-2017

European Parliament presidential candidates outline their hopes for change

Each candidate gave a short speech before the European Parliament presidential election began. They summarised their plans, emphasising the importance of change and transparency. The election continues into a third round, with a result due this evening (17 January).

Kathleen Van Brempt, rebel with a cause

In the first episode of a new video series called ‘Over a Beer’, EurActiv's Brian Maguire chats with Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian socialist MEP who is chairperson of the 'Dieselgate' inquiry committee in the European parliament.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Letta: EU leaders must leave ‘business as usual’ at home before going to Bratislava

In Bratislava this week, EU heads of state and government should show clear resolve that they are departing from business as usual, and President of the Commission Jean Claude Juncker should raise the bar, said Enrico Letta in a Citizens’ web dialogue, organised by the Jacques Delors Institute in partnership with EurActiv.com. “It is the first …

Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Video: Juncker's full 2016 'State of the Union' address

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual "State of the European Union" address in the European Parliament at 9.00am in Strasbourg this morning (14 Wednesday). Watch the full video here.
Future EU 26-08-2016

Is the European Commission too white?

The controversy over France's burkini ban - struck down by an administrative court today (26 August) - has thrown the spotlight on issues of diversity, integration and multiculturalism.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Mogherini on Turkey: 'No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty'

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.
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EU Priorities 2020 29-06-2016

Welcome to the ALDE Group world / European institutions open doors days 2016 / Brussels

We are the Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament. Our Group is composed of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party and the European Democratic Party.
Future EU 22-03-2016

Financing the EU primary elections 2019

Leading EU think tanks and European Political Parties came together to present their ideas regarding the financing of the European primary elections ahead of the next round in 2019.
Future EU 21-10-2015

Former French MEP launches offensive to have Strasbourg as only seat of the European Parliament

Everybody agrees: The European Parliament needs a single seat. But former minister and MEP Catherine Trautmann says it should be Strasbourg, not Brussels.
Elections 23-09-2015

Catalan rep: The EU should push Madrid towards a 'more constructive stance'

'We would have already expected a more explicit invitation of encouragement by EU leaders and institutions to Madrid to engage in some kind of political discussion,” said Amadeu Altafaj, the Permanent Representative of Catalonia in Brussels.


MEPs debate migrant crisis after Juncker's State of the Union address

On Wednesday (9 September), MEPs held a heated debate on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his first ever State of the Union Speech in Strasbourg.

Juncker calls for the redistribution of 160,000 refugees

“160,000 is the number of refugees Europe should take in its arms,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said during his first ever State of the Union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (9 September).
Future EU 20-07-2015

Kurlemann: Like Delors, Juncker has a sense of history

Jan Kurlemann, a long-serving retired official from the European Parliament who knew Jacques Delors well, compares the former Commission president with the current holder of the office, Jean-Claude Juncker.
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Elections 04-06-2015

Which European primary election system for citizens to connect better with the EU?

With lessons from the 2014 campaigns still fresh in people's minds, this is the perfect time to start the discussions within and among European political parties on how the system for the European elections in 2019 can be improved.
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UK & Europe 19-09-2014

EU says Scotland's NO vote good for “united and stronger” Europe

In a poll that attracted over 84% turnout, Scotland voted on Thursday to remain part of the United Kingdom by around 55% to 45%.
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UK & Europe 18-09-2014

Europe awaits Scotland's independence vote

"Should Scotland be an independent country?" Over 4 million Scots are set to go the polls on Thursday to answer this question and decide whether or not they want to stay part of the United Kingdom.
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Future EU 11-03-2014

Commission proposes tool to fight 'systemic threats' to EU rule of law

The European Commission adopted on Tuesday a new framework to address systemic threats to the rule of law in any of the EU's 28 Member States. The new framework establishes an early warning tool allowing the Commission to enter into a dialogue with the Member State concerned to prevent the escalation of systemic threats to the rule of law. 
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Future EU 24-02-2014

Stubb: Finland punches above its weight in the EU

In an exclusive interview with EurActiv's journalist Henriette Jacobsen, Finland's European affairs minister Alexander Stubb emphasised that his country had benefitted tremendously from being an EU member state, not least economically, and was punching above its weight.
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Future EU 06-01-2014

Anthony Giddens:'Turbulent and Mighty Continent' book launch

The Lisbon Council hosted the Brussels launch of Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?, the new book by Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics. Lord Giddens delivered The 2013 Jean Jacques Rousseau Lecture and presented an array of new ideas for energising the European project. Joaquín Almunia, vice-president of the European Commission, served as discussant. Watch Anthony Giddens' full speech: http://youtu.be/5ExcCtFOTZo
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Future EU 21-11-2013

Parliament wants to end MEPs monthly commute to Strasbourg

There are two European Parliaments. One in Brussels, Belgium, and one in Strasbourg, France. 766 MEPs and over 3000 members of staff travel every month from Brussels to Strasbourg for the chamber's plenary sessions. MEPs say this monthly shuttle costs over €150 million, approximately 10% of the Parliament's yearly budget and almost 19000 tones of CO2 emissions. In a bid to save money, time and the environment, the Parliament now wants to decide when and where it meets.
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Future EU 20-09-2013

eParticipation in the EU - Engaging Citizens in Policy Issues

eParticipation showcases how Web-based eParticipation initiatives, such as Puzzled by Policy [www.puzzledbypolicy.eu] and OurSpace [www.joinourspace.eu], can enhance traditional participation mechanisms, by providing accessibility, transparency, and real-time interaction.
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EurActiv's exclusive interview with EC's Michel Barnier

EXCLUSIVE / The EU’s internal market commissioner Michel Barnier, a convinced European and known federalist, has come out in favour of limits being imposed on the European project, telling EurActiv in an exclusive interview that he understood concerns expressed by the far-right and other Eurosceptic parties. But he said Europe should also dare venture in new areas such as defense and industrial policy.