Elections

07-06-2021

Former Italy PM Conte vows new start for 5-Star

Italy's co-ruling 5-Star Movement has resolved a long-running internal legal battle, paving the way for former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to take over as leader of the divided party and try to revive its fortunes.
07-06-2021

Conservative win in German state election boosts Laschet’s chancellery hopes

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a resounding victory in a state election in Eastern Germany on Sunday, in a boost to Armin Laschet, who hopes to succeed her in September's national election.
04-06-2021

German conservatives brace for strong far-right showing in regional election

Germany conservatives are bracing for what is likely to be a bruising result in Sunday's regional election in the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt, with polls suggesting the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) are set to gain more than a fifth of the vote.
04-06-2021

MEPs reluctantly pack for first pandemic Strasbourg session

Hundreds of European lawmakers and staff travel to Strasbourg next week for the European Parliament's first session since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, though many think it is too early to return.

Czechs forward Babiš case to new EU prosecutor’s office

A Czech prosecutor said Thursday (3 June) that the case of the billionaire prime minister's conflict of interest as an entrepreneur and politician has been forwarded to the new EU prosecutor's office.

Top EU court dismisses Hungary’s complaint over democracy probe

The top European Union court dismissed on Thursday (2 June) Hungary's challenge against the opening in 2018 of a disciplinary procedure against Budapest for undermining democracy in the formerly communist country.
03-06-2021

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont regains MEP immunity

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and two fellow pro-independence allies on Wednesday (2 June) regained provisional political immunity as members of the European Parliament, an EU court ruled.
03-06-2021

Communist candidate in French 2022 election: ‘We are very different from Mélenchon’

In an interview with EURACTIV France, Communist Party candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, Fabien Roussel, said he wants to be the candidate for the youth and the working man and criticised Europe for pitting the French worker against the Polish one.
31-05-2021

Cyprus votes for new parliament amid anger over golden passports scandal

Cypriots voted Sunday (30 May) in parliamentary elections amid simmering public anger over the "golden passports" corruption scandal on the Mediterranean island.
26-05-2021

Germany’s AfD lurches further to the right with new top candidate duo

Germany's far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has selected two hardliners from the extreme right-wing of the party, Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla, as its top candidates for September's election.
21-05-2021

Would-be German leaders agree EU unanimity is overrated

The three candidates vying to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel have squared up for their first public debate ahead of September’s election, presenting varying positions on the EU, defence policy and the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The three would-be...
21-05-2021

No leader, no purpose? The crisis of Italy’s Five Star

Italy's Five Star Movement (M5S) once threatened to upend the political order, but today the party founded by a stand-up comedian has little to laugh about as it risks imploding.
20-05-2021

Germany’s Laschet to follow Merkel’s footsteps on Russia, China

The leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) Armin Laschet, who hopes to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor, is largely expected to keep his predecessor's diplomatic line, with little nuance on foreign and security policy. 
18-05-2021

Race to succeed Merkel wide open as German election nears

With veteran German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to leave the political stage after the September election, many are wondering what's next for the globe's fourth-largest economy. The race for Germany's top job is hotting up, EURACTIV Germany reports.
18-05-2021

Pro-independence parties form regional government in Catalonia

After five months of tough negotiations, pro-independence parties in Catalonia have announced they have formed a new coalition government in the northeastern region that staves off the need for fresh regional elections, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
17-05-2021

Northern Ireland’s unionists elect Poots, a creationist, as new DUP leader

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Friday (14 May) elected Edwin Poots as new leader, handing the hardliner the immediate task of choosing a new first minister in the British-ruled province.
13-05-2021

Spain eyes fresh elections in Catalonia to tackle political crisis

A new regional election could be a possible way to unblock the political crisis in Catalonia after separatist parties were unable to reach an agreement and form a pro-independence executive, the Spanish government has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

More than 1,400 migrants arrive on Italy’s Lampedusa

Fifteen boats packed with hundreds of migrants landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday (9 May), and officials said they were expecting numbers to increase as the weather improved.
09-05-2021

Indyref 2 is ‘will of the country‘, says Scottish first minister following poll win

The pressure for a second referendum on Scottish independence will step up after the Scottish National Party secured 64 of the 129 seats following Thursday’s (6 May) Scottish parliament elections and declared that an independence poll was “the will of...
07-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE – Wind of change over Berlin

German federal elections are rarely fought on foreign policy. But if they were to be, the Greens – we now know – could be more than a safe contender. Knowing that Germany’s incumbent chancellor is stepping down for good in...
07-05-2021

German Greens leader Baerbock signals post-pacifist shift on foreign policy

The German Greens' candidate for chancellor Annalena Baerbock on Thursday (6 May) said her country must be more active on foreign policy and "take more responsibility for its own security", in a sign the party is shifting from its pacifist stance towards the centre.
05-05-2021

Spain’s Popular Party wins Madrid regional election

Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) has won a snap regional election in Madrid, in a victory for the incumbent regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. However the party fell short of an absolute majority and must form a coalition or rely on the abstention of far-right Vox to govern. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
03-05-2021

Macron’s party teams up with conservatives for regional elections in south

French President Emmanuel Macron's party, affiliated to Renew Europe, has formed an alliance with Les Républicains (EPP-affiliated) for regional elections in June in the southern Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, the prime minister was cited as saying on Sunday (2 May).
03-05-2021

Madrid gears up for hotly contested regional election

The “moment of truth” has arrived in the regional election in Madrid, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, with several polls predicting a clear victory for Spain’s centre-right Popular Party (PP) well ahead of its left-wing rivals, after a heated and polarised political campaign including death threats to several candidates, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.