The Spitzenkandidaten process was never going to be the magic wand, creating a new sense of engagement. But it will in 2019, if we are able to learn the lesson of 2014, said Julian Priestley and Nereo Peñalver Garcia, in an interview with EurActiv.
The recent performance of the National Front in France’s local elections is symptomatic of the European electorate’s disenchantment with the EU. But strengthening the Union, not tearing it down, is the way to guarantee a better future, argues Gilles Pittoors.
In a European political landscape increasingly populated with insurgent, anti-system parties, Italy's extremist Northern League is the latest to profit from a groundswell of hostility to the European Union.
Intergroups have no legislative power, but are formed to promote exchange of views - on subjects as diverse as animal rights or youth - and are often used as a single point of contact by lobbyists. EurActiv France reports .
If the European Union lacks somewhat in terms of popular legitimacy, the electoral procedure of the European Parliament must have something to do with it. Fortunately, Parliament is itself responsible for initiating electoral reform, although like all parliaments it must overcome the vested interests of serving deputies that provide an in-built bias towards the status quo, writes Andrew Duff.
The European Parliament rejected a motion of censure against Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s team today (27 November), the result being better than the one he obtained when the Commission was initially voted on, two weeks before the Luxleaks scandal erupted.
“I promised to present an ambitious Investment Plan before Christmas. One month later and Christmas has come early – I am here to deliver on my promise”, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs, presenting his €315 billion investment plan.
A no-confidence motion in the EU's new chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker had no chance of success after the Eurosceptic lawmakers who brought it traded insults with the bigger parties in the European Parliament on Monday (24 November).
The centre-left appears strongly supportive of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of today’s (24 November) debate on a motion of censure against him, lodged by the National Front of Marine Le Pen, UKIP of Nigel Farage and other anti-EU MEPs.
The European Commission faces a censure motion in the European Parliament next week after right-wing, and far-right Eurosceptic lawmakers united to condemn the role its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, played in Luxembourg tax evasion schemes.
A recent study published by the Foundation for Political Innovation has dealt a blow to the legitimacy of France's National Front, establishing a strong relationship between the NF and anti-Semitism in France. EurActiv France reports .
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made an unexpected appearance in the European Parliament hemicycle yesterday (12 November), and apparently succeeded in defusing tensions following the “Luxleaks” revelation of secret deals granting preferential tax treatments to multinational companies in his home country, Luxembourg.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a surprise appearance in front of the Brussels press on Wednesday (12 November) to address the 'Luxleaks' scandal, rejecting all accusations of masterminding corporate tax evasion as Prime Minister of Luxembourg and announcing a new EU initiative to clamp down on tax avoidance.
The leftist GUE/NGL group has started gathering signatures from MEPs for a motion of censure against the commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker over his involvement in widespread tax evasion while he was Finance Minister of Luxembourg, revealed by the so-called Luxleaks.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is reluctant to face MEPs next week, and shed light on whether the secret tax deals between more than 300 international companies and Luxembourg are in accordance with EU law.
ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt called on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to come clean Thursday (6 November), following revelations of massive tax-avoidance practices in his native Luxembourg, during Juncker's premiership.
Jean-Claude Juncker signaled that his Commission will be very different from that of his predecessor, José Manuel Barroso. Not only did he personally meet the press following the weekly College meeting. Juncker announced that he would not leave any unfair criticism coming from EU capitals without a reply.
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.
The new European Commission led by President Jean-Claude Juncker, which held its first working day today (3 November,) will be more media-friendly, Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas told the Brussels press.
Choosing the future President of the European Commission only motivated 5% of voters in the May 2014 elections. Germany, Luxembourg and Austria were the only countries to show slightly more interest in the presidential race between the two main candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz. EurActiv.fr reports .
Scotland will break away from the United Kingdom within 20 years, the defeated leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party predicted on Sunday (2 November), after a poll showed a majority of voters would back independence if another referendum were held today.
The team of the outgoing European Commission's spokespeople said an emotional ‘goodbye’ to the Brussels press corps today, pending the commencement on Monday (3 November) of a revamped service working for the Juncker Commission.