Elections

16-10-2019

Ahead of election, Spain braces for weeks of violent protests after ‘historic’ sentence

Less than a month before a fresh general election, Spain enters one of the most complex and volatile periods in its recent democratic history, after the Supreme Court sentenced on Monday nine Catalan independence leaders for their involvement in the banned 2017 independence referendum. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
16-10-2019

Romania’s President appoints Ludovic Orban as PM-designate

Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday (15 October) he had appointed opposition Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban as prime minister-designate to form a transitional government until a parliamentary election next year.
15-10-2019

Poland’s parliament on knife-edge as opposition takes upper house

Poland's nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party appears to have narrowly won a second term in power, final results from the parliamentary election on Sunday (13 October) showed, but its drive to push through its agenda may be hampered by its loss of the upper house.
14-10-2019

Hungary’s opposition wins Budapest election, makes gains in other cities

Hungary's opposition scored its biggest election victory in a decade on Sunday (13 October) when liberal challenger Gergely Karácsony ousted ruling-party incumbent Istvan Tarlos as mayor of Budapest and opposition parties made gains in other major cities as well.
11-10-2019

The Brief, powered by the Martens Centre – Mind the gap (or lose)

Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) is on track for a remarkable re-election win this Sunday, in what many call the country’s most fateful ballot in years.
09-10-2019

Austria’s Kurz on quest to form government coalition

Sebastian Kurz, Austria's conservative Chancellor who was re-elected on 30 September after being ousted in May, has been meeting with potential coalition partners. With the Austrian Freedom Party preferring to join the opposition and the social democrats still hesitant, the Greens may become a new partner. EURACTIV Germany reports.
07-10-2019

Poland’s ruling right-wing party banks on child subsidy to win election

Maria Kolsut will be thinking about her financial security when she votes for Poland's ruling right-wing party in Sunday's parliamentary election.
07-10-2019

Portugal’s ruling Socialists win election but fall short of outright majority

Portugal's ruling Socialists won Sunday's (6 October) parliamentary election but fell short of an outright majority, meaning Prime Minister António Costa will need to negotiate a new deal with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature.

Poland stokes dispute over net-zero emissions price and meaning

Poland has once again insisted that going carbon-neutral by 2050 is not affordable, after its energy minister concluded that the idea is “a fantasy”. But new analysis claims that the Eastern European country could get the job done on time and on budget.
02-10-2019

Romania’s government hurries to place a Commissioner before no-confidence vote

Romania's centrist opposition is seeking to topple the government in a parliamentary no-confidence vote next week, one year ahead of a general election, the National Liberal Party (PNL) said on Tuesday (1 October).
01-10-2019

Italy’s ruling parties call for lowering voting age to 16

Italy's coalition parties said on Monday (30 September) they were in favour of reducing the minimum voting age to 16, in a move which analysts said would increase the electorate by about 1 million people.
30-09-2019

Kurz, Greens emerge as big winners of Austria’s snap election

After months of political turmoil, Austrian voters on Sunday (29 September) gave former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz a clear mandate to reclaim power with 37.1% of the votes while Kurz’s former coalition partner, the far-right FPÖ, lost by a wide margin. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 30-09-2019

Orbán asks ‘the other side of EU’ to take its ‘paid activists’ home

Hungary has no plans to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Sunday (29 September), adding however that eastern and western members of the bloc must find a compromise over the bloc's future.
27-09-2019

Austria, Russia keep in step ahead of polls

As Austrians go to the polls Sunday (29 September), one image that stands out from the last right-wing administration is that of the foreign minister dancing with Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding, causing widespread derision in the small Alpine country and abroad.

Parliament wins its battle: Kövesi to become first EU Public Prosecutor

Negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states agreed on Tuesday (24 September) to appoint Laura Codruţa Kövesi, the MEPs’ preferred candidate, as the first head of the newly-created EU Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).
Languages & Culture 23-09-2019

Tens of thousands march for ban on abortions in Slovakia

Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia's capital on Sunday (22 September) calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.
21-09-2019

Romanian ex-president Basescu ‘worked with communist secret police’

Former Romanian president Traian Băsescu was found Friday (20 September) by a court in Bucharest to have collaborated with the feared communist-era Securitate secret police.
18-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Searching for a Spanish statesman

On 10 November, Spain will hold its fourth general election since 2015. The vote is the result of the lack of statesmanship among the party leaders in a critical period, especially of Socialist chief Pedro Sánchez.
Politics 16-09-2019

Poland’s ruling party plans to allow arrests of MPs and judges

Poland's ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS/ECR) announced its election program at the weekend, under which there would no longer be immunity for judges and prosecutors and it would be possible to detain parliamentarians at the request of the prosecutor general.
Politics 12-09-2019

What else does Merkel want?

Following German Chancellor Angela Merkel's appearance in the Bundestag debate on Wednesday (11 September), it seems clear that she will not change. And this is not such a bad thing. EURACTIV's partner der Tagesspiegel comments.
Freedom of thought 09-09-2019

Poland’s foreign ministry condemns attack on Israeli students

Poland's foreign ministry on Sunday (8 September) condemned violence against a group of Israeli students beaten at a Warsaw nightclub early on Saturday, following criticism that Polish leaders are not doing enough to denounce antisemitism.
06-09-2019

New Italian coalition sworn in, promises ‘not to quarrel with Brussels’

Italy's new government, combining the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was sworn into office on Thursday (5 September), promising to reset Rome's often fraught relations with Brussels.
03-09-2019

Future coalitions in Germany to be ‘more fragile than ever before’, says AfD

Elections in Saxony and Brandenburg have changed the balance of power in these states. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has recorded significant gains, while the more traditional parties (CDU and SPD) continue losing ground. EURACTIV Germany brings an overview of reactions by party leaders after the elections.
02-09-2019

Sanchez hopes new programme with Podemos can avoid new election

Spain's acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez will lay out plans on Tuesday (3 September) that he hopes will convince the far-left Unidas Podemos to support his last-ditch attempt to form a government and avoid a repeat election, he told El País newspaper.

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