Britain at a crossroads
Brexit 11-03-2015

Voting on Brexit: The EU issues shaping the UK election

The May 7 UK general election will go a long way towards deciding whether Britain will stay in the European Union, or choose to leave, after forty years of uneasy relations.
EU Priorities 2020 26-09-2014

The Juncker Commission 2014-2019

After months of deliberation, Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker presented his team, and the new executive structure, on 10 September.
European Commission Berlaymont sign [Photo: Frédéric Simon]
EU Priorities 2020 14-04-2014

The next European Commission: What challenges?

In the autumn of 2014, a new team of commissioners will take charge of the EU executive. As Europe's economic storms calm down, the next Commission can set its sights on a number of long-term challenges when drafting its programme. An overview of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
EU Elections 2014 03-02-2014

The EU top jobs: Who’s next?

On 22-25 May, EU citizens cast their ballots to elect 751 members of the European Parliament. But MEPs will not be the only ones to perform a game of musical chairs: 2014 will also bring about change in many of the top positions in the EU.
EU Elections 2014 11-09-2013

European elections 2014: Different this time?

After the financial and sovereign debt crisis, state bailouts and budget cuts, the May 2014 European elections were expected to take the pulse of public confidence towards the European Union. For the first time, voters will also indirectly choose the next president of the European Commission, giving citizens a fresh chance to shape the future of Europe.

German elections 2013: Don’t mention Europe

The European Union’s economic and financial challenges left the bloc in no doubt that its most populous member state is also its most politically powerful. On 22 September 2013, Germans will decide in a federal election whether that power remains within its current ruling conservative coalition led by incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), or whether to entrust it to the Social Democrats or a new coalition. In the run up to the elections, Europe has largely remained off the agenda.

Italian elections 2013: A nation at a crossroads [Archived]

Italians head to the polls on 24-25 February to replace a technocratic government charged with halting the country’s economic and fiscal decline. But after wearying months of austerity and instability, voters appeared to have no clear favourite among familiar faces as well as wildcard candidates. EURACTIV Italia reports.
Med & South 25-01-2013

Euroscepticism: More than a British phenomenon

With Prime Minister David Cameron having vowed to hold a referendum on UK membership of the EU, Britain's penchant for EU bashing is well publicised. But there are political parties in other member states which are far from in love with the European project, and whose stance against integration has been fanned by the worsening of the economic crisis.
Regional Policy 14-01-2010

The new European Commission

The selection of a new European Commission, never the simplest of political tasks, has this year been more complex than ever. Politically and institutionally, 2009 came with a whole range of permutations regarding the 'how?', 'when?' and 'who?' of the next EU executive.
EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2009

National Parliaments and the EU

National parliaments have come to play an increasingly important role in the functioning of the EU, cooperating with the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as with each other. The Lisbon Treaty further strengthens their influence on EU decision-making.
EU Priorities 2020 25-06-2009

2009-2014: A centre-right European Parliament

The 2009 European elections, held simultaneously in 27 countries for the first time in history, ended in a clear victory for the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) and a defeat for the Socialists.
EU Priorities 2020 28-05-2009

2009 European party manifestos at a glance

EURACTIV provides an overview of the four main European parties' electoral manifestos, analysing their content and asking experts how they compare with previous efforts.
EU Priorities 2020 28-05-2009

EU elections in Belgium: High turnout, little interest

In the country hosting the EU institutions, European elections are held on the same day as regional elections, with local issues overshadowing the EU poll. Voting is compulsory in Belgium, and over 90% of the population usually participates in the ballot.
EU Priorities 2020 28-05-2009

EU elections in Romania: Searching for a ‘captain’

EU elections will take place in Romania on 7 June, but Romanian politicians and commentators admit that debates are being hijacked by disputes over the upcoming presidential poll, which is due in the autumn.
EU Priorities 2020 13-05-2009

Bulgaria’s EU elections: Rehearsal for national poll

EU elections will take place in Bulgaria on 7 June, less than a month ahead of parliamentary elections on 5 July, which will renew the 240-seat parliament and possibly change the format of the governing coalition, which has been in place for the last four years.
EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2009

EU elections in France: Parties and programmes

France's political parties are preparing to launch their campaigns for the European elections in June, despite internal squabbling over the composition of electoral lists within the ruling centre-right UMP and opposition Socialist parties - EURACTIV France offers an overview.
EU Priorities 2020 29-04-2009

European Elections: Outlook for 2009

While the European Parliament has gained extensive new powers since the first European elections were held thirty years ago, voter turnout has consistently fallen, calling into question the ability of EU politicians to reverse the trend for the 2009 elections.
EU Priorities 2020 29-04-2009

The EU elections in the Czech Republic

Amid gloomy EU surveys on voter turnout, recent opinion polls suggest that the Czech Republic could beat the odds with as many as 50% of registered voters planning to cast their ballot, or twice as much as during the last elections in 2004. Meanwhile, the economic crisis, energy issues and the future of the EU are predominant topics in all the parties' campaigns.
EU Priorities 2020 29-04-2009

Slovakia: EU campaign influenced by local politics

The European elections in Slovakia are being overshadowed by much-discussed presidential elections, which are delaying the beginning of the EU elections campaign - EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

French presidential elections 2007

Conservative leader Nicolas Sarkozy won a clear victory over his Socialist opponent, Ségolène Royal, in a 6 May run-off which saw French voters turn out in exceptionally high numbers. The first round was marked by the defeat of the far-right of Jean-Marie Le Pen and the emergence of the centrist François Bayrou, whose supporters were seen as holding the key to the final round.

German elections and the EU [Archived]

The inconclusive result of the elections in Germany on 18 September has for now left unclear how the country will address the key policy issues ahead.

New Parliament [Archived]

The newly elected post-enlargement Parliament will still be dominated by the two biggest political families. Under the new Constitution, the Parliament will gain in power but will it be able to deliver?

European Parliament Elections 2004 : results

The 2004 elections have continued the downward trend in voter participation in European elections. In the new Member States, only slightly over a quarter of the electorate took part. Regarding the balance of power in the EP, the EPP-ED group remains the largest political group in the Parliament. A new pro-European centrist group and a new anti-European group are on the cards. EURACTIV has compiled a table with lists of elected MEPs and websites where official results are posted.

European Parliament Elections 2004 [archived]

The European Parliament elections were held between 10-13 June 2004. As a result of the enlargement of the European Union to 25 countries, 732 members of the European Parliament have been chosen. For an overview of the main challenges and results of the EP elections 2004 (voter turnout, "Europeanness" of the election campaign, national impacts of the elections, division of power in the EP), see our LinksDossier on the EP elections results.