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09/12/2016

EU liberals distance themselves from Bulgarian MEP candidate

Topic: ALDE


Elections 08-11-2016

Estonian government could collapse, faces no confidence vote

Estonia's coalition government could be threatened with collapse this week after two junior coalition partners called on the prime minister to resign yesterday (7 November) and the opposition called for a vote of no confidence.
04-11-2016

The Brief: Is the EU now a dirty word?

There was a debate last night between the seven candidates competing for the French right's presidential nomination and Europe barely came up at all. That wouldn't be so surprising if the EU hadn't been touted as one of the main topics of the debate for weeks in advance.
Elections 04-11-2016

ALDE president: 'We can be the strongest European party'

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is traditionally the third strongest political group in the European Parliament, but in the 2014 elections, it suffered big losses, dropping below the ECR. Now it looks like the liberals are back. EurActiv Germany reports.

Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.
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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.

Theodorakis: ‘Policy inaction feeds xenophobia, not poverty’

Populism and fear favoured by policy inaction have helped xenophobia and racism flourish, according to Stavros Theodorakis, leader of the centre-left Potami party, who spoke to EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
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.
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.