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03/05/2016

Watson: Fast or slow EU integration is the liberal’s main dividing line

Topic: ALDE


Elections 07-04-2016

Ireland braces for unprecedented ‘grand coalition’

Acting Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has proposed entering an unprecedented coalition government with the country's second-largest party, and historic rival, Fianna Fáil, his Fine Gael party said yesterday (6 April).
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.
Elections 12-01-2016

Mitsotakis’ victory puts Greek politics to the test

The ascenscion of liberal Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the New Democracy party's leadership has shaken Greece's fragile political landscape. EurActiv Greece reports.
Elections 23-11-2015

Liberal ALDE party elects Hans Van Baalen as new President

MEP Hans van Baalen (VVD), a Dutch member of the European Parliament, was elected the new President of the ALDE Party at the ALDE Party Congress in Budapest on Saturday (21 November), triumphing over former Estonian Commissioner Siim Kallas.

Parliament leaders sign joint refugee letter ahead of Valletta summit

The heads of three political groups in the European Parliament sent a joint letter yesterday (9 November) to the 28 EU leaders urging them to back the European Commission’s proposals on refugees. EurActiv Greece reports.

Calais is why we need a President of Europe

According to François Decoster, it's time for European citizens to demand from their national leaders a clear answer to a fundamental question: “Who governs?”

Verhofstadt slams Tusk for ‘not doing his job’

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, slammed Council President Donald Tusk yesterday (7 September) for not playing his role in solving the refugee crisis.
Europe's East 11-06-2015

European Parliament adopts tough resolution on Russia

Two days ahead of Russia’s National Day, on 12 June, the European Parliament adopted a tough resolution, in which they appeal to the EU to reassess its relations with Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis.
Europe's East 29-05-2015

ALDE wants investigation of Le Pen’s contacts with Moscow

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) has requested an investigation of the contacts between the contacts of the France's far-right National Front, with the Kremlin. It is not clear if the French government, or MEPs, should investigate them.

MEPs angry at member states over immigration

EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.
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Elections 05-05-2015

Sir Graham Watson: I’m trying to lay the basis of a supranational party

ALDE is the first political family in the EU to offer individual party membership, as an important step in the development of the European Liberal Democrats from a network of parties, into a fully-fledged European party.
EU Priorities 2020 11-03-2015

Monti group to focus on added-value for future EU budget

The so-called Monti group, named after its chairman, the former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, is trying to identify what exactly creates European added value, so that more resources for the EU budget would come from there in the future, to the relief of taxpayers, member Ivailo Kalfin told EurActiv.
Elections 21-01-2015

Poll ranks EP political group leaders as laggards

A poll measuring the most and least active members of the European Parliament reveals that the leaders of the political groups are among the most inactive MEPs, in terms of parliamentary engagement.
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EU Priorities 2020 18-12-2014

Open minded politicians redefine liberalism in Lisbon

At the 2014 Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, delegates from across Europe, from ALDE Party member parties and individual members, looked outward and explored the ideological maps of Liberalism to find new ways of taking forward our ideas and values.
EU Elections 2014 24-06-2014

Flemish nationalist spat hits EU scene

Karel De Gucht, the EU trade Commissioner from Belgium, lashed out at the Flemish nationalist party N-VA for joining the Conservative group in the European Parliament, saying they played a “dirty trick” on the liberals, who are led by another prominent Flemish, Guy Verhofstadt.
EU Elections 2014 19-06-2014

Liberals embarrassed as N-VA joins ECR, making it third largest Parliament group

The European Liberals last night (18 June) suffered an embarrassing setback after the N-VA, Belgium's Flemish Separatist Party, voted to join the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament.
EU Elections 2014 17-06-2014

Liberals now third largest group in European Parliament

The ALDE Group of Liberals was tonight (17 June) joined by 12 MEPs from four parties, making it the third largest group in the European Parliament with 67 seats.
EU Elections 2014 28-04-2014

EU liberals distance themselves from Bulgarian MEP candidate

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, has failed to convince a Bulgarian sister party not to put a controversial candidate in the lists for the European elections, EurActiv has learned.
Future EU 25-04-2014

Verhofstadt vows to follow Delors’ path as Commission President

Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE leader, and party candidate for the European Commission Presidency, presented his program Friday (25 April), which he said was inspired by vintage politician Jacques Delors, widely seen as the most visionary EU leader.
EU Elections 2014 03-02-2014

Liberals back Verhofstadt to succeed Barroso

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has been confirmed as the Liberals’ candidate for president of the European Commission, ahead of the European elections in May.
Elections 20-12-2013

Olli Rehn: There needs to be a post-election coalition

Over the past weeks, Olli Rehn has put himself on the map as potential liberal candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. But now the man known as 'bailout commissioner' has to beat the most well-known liberal across Europe, Guy Verhofstadt.  In an interview with EurActiv, Rehn reveals his plan for a winning campaign.
Elections 20-12-2013

'I have a vision', says liberal EU election nominee Olli Rehn

EXCLUSIVE / The EU's economic and monetary affairs commissioner, Olli Rehn, will compete with Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the liberal political group in the European Parliament, in what is expected to be a close race to head the campaign for the European Commission presidency next year. Rehn spoke to EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Elections 18-12-2013

Rehn in pole position to lead EU liberals in 2014 election campaign

Olli Rehn, the EU's economic and monetary affairs commissioner, has secured the support of 14 liberal parties to become the frontrunner of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) at next year's European elections.
EU Elections 2014 29-11-2013

Watson: Fast or slow EU integration is the liberal's main dividing line

European liberals will choose their candidate for the European Commission presidency depending on how fast they want to build Europe, said Graham Watson, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in an interview with EurActiv ahead of the party's congress, which opens in London today (29 November).