Brexit 24-05-2019

The Brief -The End of Theresa

By the end, it was painful to watch Theresa May in action. Her decision to throw in the towel, finally, came with a sense of relief. It is a miracle that she even survived so long. At her final EU...
Enlargement 24-05-2019

Macron and the EU enlargement make-believe

French politicians’ fear of losing votes in the elections jeopardizes the dream of uniting Europe, writes Srdjan Cviijic.
Climate change 24-05-2019

Spurred by youth protests, EU parties adopt climate change as rallying cry

In a shift since the last European Parliament elections, mainstream parties have adopted climate change as a rallying cry – spurred in part by a wave of student strikes.

European cities target net-zero carbon buildings by 2050

A coalition of eight European cities – including Madrid, Wroclaw, and Leeds – have pledged to completely decarbonise their existing building stocks by 2050. EURACTIV's media  partner edie.net reports.
Britain barely afloat, Ibizagate, and the EU elections
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

Tweets of the Week: Britain barely afloat, Ibizagate, and the EU elections

After a week of turmoil Britain’s barely afloat, in Austria far-right opponents can gloat and it’s European Elections, so get out and vote!
Central Asia 24-05-2019

Kazakhstan takes its presidential elections seriously

Kazakhs will vote for a new President on 9 June and, for the first time since the country’s independence, Nursultan Nazarbayev is not running. Diplomats say the winner will certainly be Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, but six other candidates have joined the race.
Politics 24-05-2019

#EU2019 – Italy: Testing the balance of power within ruling coalition

EU elections could make Italy's ruling Lega the biggest far-right party in the new European Parliament, elevating its leader, Matteo Salvini, to the status of a torchbearer for the populist camp. But they could also plunge the country in political turmoil.
Agrifood 24-05-2019

14 EU countries call for ‘unified approach’ to gene editing in plants

The Netherlands and Estonia are leading a coalition of 14 EU member states calling on the next European Commission to update EU GMO laws with regard to so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs).
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

French far-right tops poll, EU vote turns into Le Pen/Macron duel

Support in France has risen for both Marine Le Pen’s far-right party and President Emmanuel Macron’s candidates three days before voting in the European parliament elections, an opinion poll showed.
Global Europe 24-05-2019

200,000 displaced Syrians flee towards Turkey

Pressure is mounting on Turkish authorities to open their borders to more than 200,000 refugees from Syria. What prevents the refugees from entering is a 764-km wall Turkey has built along the border, in fear of Kurdish "terrorists".

Timmermans: A green candidate in the red corner

Frans Timmermans, the Socialists’ leading candidate, has promised a sustainable Europe if he is given the nod to lead the next European Commission. But how sustainable are the Dutchman’s green credentials?
Elections 24-05-2019

May expected to announce date of her departure

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Friday (24 May) to announce the date of her departure, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal.
Politics 24-05-2019

Dutch vote boosts chances of ‘progressive alliance’ in EU Parliament

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Before reading The Capitals today, take a look at our EURACTIV network stories about the upcoming #EU2019 elections....
Elections 24-05-2019

Political novice tipped as next Lithuanian President

Lithuanians choose a new president on Sunday (26 May) in a tight runoff between two centre-right rivals, an ex-finance minister and a political newcomer, in a race dominated by concerns over economic inequality in the Baltic eurozone state.
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

Romania’s anti-corruption referendum explained

Besides electing their new European Parliament members on Sunday (26 May), Romanians will be taking part in another vote: a referendum which their president says lets voters express their frustration over corruption. President Klaus Iohannis called the referendum over the...
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

Ireland votes in EU elections amid Brexit concerns

Phased EU-wide elections take place in Ireland on Friday (24 May) after a campaign dominated by concerns over neighbouring Britain's messy bid to leave the bloc, and as eurosceptic forces elsewhere in Europe hope to create a political earthquake.
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

Czechs go to the polls, embattled PM set to win

Czechs will start voting Friday (24 May) in the European Parliament election, with the party of their embattled billionaire prime minister set to win amid expected low turnout and despite protests against his cabinet.
Agrifood 24-05-2019

Decentralisation of European funds in France, a typically French disaster

Late payments and a dreadful IT management tool: The decentralisation of EU funds has led to serious malfunctions in France, according to a report by the French Court of Auditors published just days before the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Economic governance 23-05-2019

EU top court rejects ECB compensations for investors affected by Greek crisis

The EU's top court ruled on Thursday (23 May) against demands for the European Central Bank to compensate private investors affected by the restructuring of the Greek public debt in 2012.
Future EU 23-05-2019

The Brief, powered by WindEurope – Allô Berlin?

Germany celebrates today the 70th birthday of its constitution, a document Germans are rightly proud of, as it sets out the country’s key values with the aim to create a tolerant, European-driven country. In these turbulent times, Germany still represents a solid anchor of stability in Europe. But...
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

‘We need to win Britain’s culture war,’ says Greens’ Magid

“People don’t remember what you say, they remember how you made them feel,” says Magid Magid, a campaigner for the UK's Green Party.
Politics 23-05-2019

#EU2019 – Romania: The referendum and the EU isolation threat

Romania is in a weird position as it’s holding the EU Council presidency and simultaneously feels the heat of the Article 7 nuclear option.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

EU elections: Two parties try to inject hate into Danish politics

The heated debate over refugees, minorities and Islam has affected the upcoming elections in Denmark, writes Bashy Quraishy.
Future EU 23-05-2019

European citizens have shown strong willingness to move Europe forward – WeEuropeans consultation initiator

What do European citizens expect of the European Union? As the elections officially began on 23 May in the UK and the Netherlands, EURACTIV spoke to Guillaume Klossa, president of the Civico Europa citizen movement, which launched the WeEuropeans consultation in 27 European Union countries.

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