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Brexit 26-04-2017

The road to Brexit and beyond

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The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. But how did it get to this stage? And what happens next? As the negotiations fast approach, familiarise yourself with the all-important dates and events.

Elections 10-03-2017

Quiz: Who should you vote for in the French election?

Answer EURACTIV’s 10 questions and see which candidate you should back on 23 April.

Elections 26-09-2016

Referendums, France’s new election fad

Since Brexit, many of the candidates for the 2017 French presidential election have been campaigning to leave the EU or renegotiate the treaties. Some hope to validate these positions with referendums.

5 differences in corporates & federations communication
Public Affairs 09-06-2016

5 differences in corporates & federations communication

In April 2016, EURACTIV circulated a survey among EU affairs experts working in corporations and federations in Brussels, trying to examine the different roles these entities play in “the Bubble”, the synergies between them, but also what sets them apart in their approach to raise awareness of various policy aspects.

Global Europe 17-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: EPP is third largest party at EU summits

As EU leaders gather today (17 March) for yet another summit, trying to fix the migrant crisis, successive elections in member countries have dwarfed the largest political force in the EU following the 2014 European elections.

The European Peoples’ Party, who is the largest in the European Parliament with 251 MEPs out of the total of 751, is now the third force, by the number of its heads of state and government sitting at the summits. The most influential leader of the EPP is without any doubt the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Socialists and Democrats, who have 190 MEPs, are now the number one force at summits.

But perhaps more surprisingly, the liberals, who have only 70 MEPs in the European Parliament and are the fourth largest political group there, are now the second largest force at EU summits.

Who's behind bars in EU prisons?

INFOGRAPHIC: Who’s behind bars in EU prisons?

New research published today by the Council of Europe provides a snapshot of prisoners in the EU, and where they come from.
EU Priorities 2020 07-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the EU summit champions?

The EU summit today (7 March) will be the 101st for Jean-Claude Juncker, as premier of Luxembourg and president of the European Commission. Second comes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with 66 summits Third is Donald Tusk, with 57 summits as premier of Poland and president of the European Council.

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Juvenile offending

INFOGRAPHIC: Breaking the vicious circle for juvenile offenders

Foster care is an alternative response to juvenile offending, but only rarely used as part of juvenile justice systems in the EU.

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Public Affairs 24-06-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Musical Chairs at the Commission

All of the changes in the European Commission reshuffle. Jonathan Faull, the European Union’s top civil servant for financial services regulation, will head up an EU executive “Brexit” taskforce dedicated to the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the bloc.

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Trade & Society 19-05-2015

TradeMarks 2015: What makes associations effective?

The TradeMarks survey measures the extend to which Brussels policy leaders believe associations are effective. The survey was conducted by APCO Insight, in collaboration with EURACTIV.

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Development Policy 13-05-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: The facts about asylum seekers in Europe

Although Germany and Sweden are not front-line countries exposed to immigration, they were among those receiving the largest number of asylum seekers in 2014.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Who's who in the new European Commission? [Version 2.0]
EU Priorities 2020 05-11-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who’s who in the new European Commission?

Jean-Claude Juncker's team of European Commissioners was approved by the European Parliament on 22 October 2014 and officially took office on 1 November 2014. Who is who in the new Commission? EURACTIV has this full overview.

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EU Priorities 2020 25-09-2014

Commissioner-designate Hearings Calendar 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Jean-Claude Juncker's team of commissioners-designate face a grilling from MEPs in the European Parliament from next week. Make sure you know who is under the spotlight and when with our calendar of hearings [Download A4/A3-printable file].

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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.

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INFOGRAPHIC: EU Presidential Debates 2014
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.

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Europe from left to right [Infographic]
EU Elections 2014 12-02-2014

Europe from left to right ahead of #EP2014

Across Europe, parties in government and opposition forces will rally support and lure voters on 22-25 May. With less than 100 days to go before the voters cast their ballot, EURACTIV presents an overview of where the balance of power lies in EU countries.

Previous election results show that, when it comes to EU elections, parties in government are often punished by protest voters. Have a look at the coalition governments, single allegiance governments and where the balance lies across Europe’s map.

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Should development aid help contain migration?
Development Policy 18-12-2013

Should development aid help contain migration?

After the Lampedusa tragedy, several EU leaders called for development aid to be targeted toward countries, mostly in Africa, which are a major source of illegal immigration.