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EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2018

Rift between Juncker and Tusk deepens over Spitzenkandidat process

EU leaders have dealt a blow to the controversial Spitzenkandidat system of electing a European Commission president, setting themselves up for a fight with the European Parliament. The rift between Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council chief Donald Tusk deepened as the two officials clashed over the process.
Future EU 23-02-2018

Juncker prepares for 4 March ‘worse-case scenario’

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned yesterday (22 February) that financial markets could face turbulence after Italian elections next month, saying Brussels was prepared for a worst-case scenario.

Romanian minister calls for prosecutor’s sacking, graft crackdown under threat

Romania's Justice Minister called on Thursday for the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor to be dismissed for "excess of authority", triggering street protests and potentially destabilising a crackdown on graft.
23-02-2018

Berlusconi: Tajani as PM ‘would make Italy’s interests count in the EU’

Silvio Berlusconi cannot be Italy's prime minister due to a tax fraud conviction but he will most likely play the role of kingmaker. The name of European Parliament President Antonio Tajani remains among those who could win his favour.
Future EU 23-02-2018

Why rejecting transnational lists has been a missed opportunity for European democracy

Closed pan-European lists would be a game changer in how European citizens identify with EU politics, write Angelos Chryssogelos and Malgorzata Staniaszek.
22-02-2018

Bonino on the danger of the Italian right and the M5S to Europe

The former European Commissioner, Emma Bonino, returns to the Italian political scene with the upcoming general election with the +Europa coalition, and the aim of removing “the danger” of the far right and the Five Star Movement. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
22-02-2018

Macron’s agenda for the informal summit

If the implementation of transnational lists for the 2019 European elections does not appear to be panning out as Emmanuel Macron wished, the French president now hopes to gain the upper hand on the appointment of the next European Commission president. EURACTIV.fr reports
22-02-2018

+Europa candidate: Italy risks departing from basic EU values

The stakes are high for Italy ahead of the vote on 4 March, as it runs the risk of becoming yet another EU country that departs from basic European values such as the rule of law, candidate Alberto Alemanno told EURACTIV.
22-02-2018

Centre-left party joins tangled Czech coalition talks

The Czech centre-left Social Democrats opened talks on forming a government with last year's election winner ANO yesterday (21 February), aiming to break a deadlock that has prevented the formation of a majority coalition.
21-02-2018

Dan Barna: Save Romania Union similar to Macron’s En Marche

Dan Barna, President of Save Romania Union (USR), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that his force, which largely represents educated urban voters, could join the European political family of Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! party.
Global Europe 21-02-2018

Latvian defence ministry says corruption claims may be disinformation campaign

Corruption allegations that led to the suspension of Latvia's central bank governor yesterday (20 February) may be part of a disinformation campaign aimed at damaging trust in the country and influencing October elections, its Defence Ministry said.
21-02-2018

Italy fumes against company relocations in bitter election campaign

European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said yesterday (20 February), as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.