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24/05/2016

Verhofstadt challenges the December ‘EU summit’

Topic: Liberals


MEPs concerned that amendments could ‘kill’ PNR directive

The European Parliament votes today (14 April) on whether airlines can share the names of passengers with member states to help trace returning jihadists. But lawmakers fear that some of the amendments be considered will “kill” the project.
Elections 07-03-2016

Slovakia turns unpredictable ahead of its EU presidency

The Smer-Social Democrats (Smer-SD) party of Prime Minister Robert Fico lost its majority and will have difficulties forming a coalition government, following elections held on 5 March. The new parliament will be extremely fragmented, with neo-Nazi and protest parties present, leading to speculation about early elections.  EurActiv Slovakia reports.
Elections 05-11-2015

Ex-Commissioner Dacian Ciolos to be Romania’s next PM

EXCLUSIVE/ Dacian Ciolo?, the former Commissioner for Agriculture in the executive led by José Manuel Barroso, will be Romania's new premier, two credible sources told EurActiv today (5 October).

ALDE requests nuclear option over Hungary

The liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament called on Monday (21 September) for the activation of article 7 of the EU Treaty against Hungary over its handling of refugees.
EU Priorities 2020 30-09-2014

French MEP cries foul at attempt to curb Moscovici’s powers

MEP Sylvie Goulard, a spokesperson for the liberal ALDE group, asked for clarification from Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker following a leaked document according to which the powers of French Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici would be curtailed.

Lack of women no longer a problem for new Commission

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is now almost certain to get support from the European Parliament because he has secured nine women on his team - the same number than in the current Barroso Commission. Three of them will be his deputies.
EU Elections 2014 15-05-2014

Eurosceptic AfD under attack in Germany

Vandalised campaign posters, angry whistles during events, physical assaults on campaigners – the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) is increasingly victimised by "undemocratic attacks", says the party’s leader Bernd Lucke. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 17-02-2014

Clegg suggests coalescing with Labour in 2015

Nick Clegg, the leader of the UK Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government, has hinted at forming a future coalition government with the Labour party after the 2015 election.

Romanian liberals oppose ‘super-immunity’ bill

The liberal party PNL which is in coalition with the ruling socialists in Romania has vowed to block proposals that would increase the immunity of members of parliament from corruption charges, as the European Union presses Bucharest to rein in graft and organised crime.
Elections 24-04-2013

Hungarian leaders are playing 'cat and mouse' with the EU

The gradual erosion in Hungary of the fundamental checks and balances of a democratic society is not going unnoticed, writes Guy Verhofstadt.
Transport 12-11-2012

Kallas: Budget cuts threaten EU fundamentals

Siim Kallas, the Commission vice president responsible for transport, said budget cuts for 2014-2020 proposed for the 22-23 November summit risked ‘cancelling’ European policies designed to link Eastern and Western parts of the continent.
Elections 09-11-2012

European Liberals explore response to rising populism

The annual congress of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform party (ELDR) began yesterday (8 November) in Dublin with a seminar dedicated to the rise of populism in Europe, and the response which should be given to the challenge. EurActiv reports from Dublin.
Digital 26-04-2012

Liberals put last nail in ACTA coffin

The liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament jumped onto the bandwagon to oppose the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by declaring yesterday (25 April) that they will vote against it, as "too many provisions" were "unclear". In case a plenary vote was held before the summer, a majority of MEPs would therefore reject ACTA.
Central Europe 02-02-2012

Liberal, socialist leaders join spat over Romania protests

The European Parliament's Liberal and socialist leaders, Guy Verhofstadt and Hannes Swoboda, gave their support to the Romanian opposition during a public hearing over the democratic situation there, as protests continue in Bucharest over government austerity measures.
Elections 29-11-2011

Sir Graham Watson to lead Europe's liberals

ELDR, the European liberal political family comprising 55 national liberal and liberal-democratic parties across Europe, elected MEP Sir Graham Watson as its leader for the next two years. EurActiv Italy contributed to this article.
EU Priorities 2020 04-03-2011

Verhofstadt tables alternative 'competitiveness pact'

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, has tabled a proposal for economic convergence in the EU. He said his was more wide-ranging than the recent Merkel-Sarkozy plan and would put the European Commission, not EU member states, in the driving seat.
Public Affairs 28-01-2011

Liberals hold balance of power in new Parliament: Report

The liberal group in the European Parliament holds the balance of power in the assembly when there is a split between the centre-right and the centre-left, but the EPP, the largest party, can pass legislation alone when it is disciplined, a report has found. 
Future EU 17-11-2010

Verhofstadt challenges the December 'EU summit'

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group, told EurActiv that the newly established Spinelli Group, which is promoting federalism across Europe, is to hold a public event on 15 December, as an ideological challenge to a key EU summit starting the next day.