Though the EPP is not compelled to choose Jean-Claude Juncker as its nominee for the Commission presidency, Juncker should nonetheless be allowed to lead the talks if he earns a qualified majority, and the UK should learn to “live with it”, argues Paweł Świeboda.
Guy Verhofstadt (Open VLD, Belgium), Liberal and Democrat Group Leader in the European Parliament, spoke to the protesters gathered in Maidan Square in Kiev about the sanctions EU put in place in order to stop the violence.
Verhofstadt was the first of the EU leaders to address those fighting for democracy in Ukraine, after the violent clashes of the last few days. He travelled to Kiev together with ALDE Group Vice-President, Marielle De Sarnez (Modem, France) and Hans van Baalen (VVD, Holland), President of Liberal International.
Being able to speak many languages is an important skillset for any high-ranking European politician. When it comes to language skills, some candidates for the presidency of the European Commission have a clear linguistic advantage. EurActiv France reports .
France lost two top jobs in the European parliament when Joseph Daul and Daniel Cohn-Bendit chose to end their European careers. France's loss means more influence for other EU member states, notably Germany, EurActiv France reports .
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.
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 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.
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.
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.