EU Elections 09


Verhofstadt: Merkel, Hollande squabble like children

Time is running short to make a jump towards federalism - to avoid a complete collapse of the euro, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Digital & Media 28-07-2009

Harbour: Public procurement to drive recovery

Public procurement should become the driver of new technology developments and the main vehicle for economic recovery, Malcolm Harbour MEP, the new head of the European Parliament's internal market committee, told EURACTIV in an interview.

MEP: Social policy a central plank in future recovery

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French Socialist MEP Pervenche Berès highlighted the importance of including a social dimension in the battle to solve Europe's economic problems, and questioned the decision to award the European Parliament's important economic committee chair to an English Liberal MEP.
EU Priorities 2020 21-07-2009

MEP: EU climate vow separate from Copenhagen deal

"Our engagement for climate protection should be independent from Copenhagen," the newly-elected chair of the European Parliament's environment committee, German Social Democrat MEP Jo Leinen, told EURACTIV in an interview, stressing that "if Copenhagen is a success, all the better; if not, we have to stick to our job".
EU Priorities 2020 16-07-2009

Durant: ‘Our first priority is to make the assembly respected’

The European Parliament can no longer accept orders from EU heads of state and government, Isabelle Durant, a Belgian Green MEP and former minister who was recently appointed vice-president of the assembly, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 16-07-2009

PA boss: ‘Backlash against Anglo-Saxon model’ expected in new Parliament

The next European Parliament legislature will be characterised by a "backlash" against the British-American economic model, Michiel Van Hulten of PA firm Burson-Marsteller told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that the centre-right EPP and centre-left S&D groups are "likely to argue for much tighter regulation of the economy".
EU Priorities 2020 15-07-2009

Green MEP: ‘We need a strong alliance with the Social Democrats’

The youngest MEP elected to the new European Parliament, 25-year old Danish Green Emilie Turunen, told EURACTIV in an interview that the Greens will need to forge a strong alliance with the Socialists on environmental issues.
Public Affairs 13-07-2009

PA head: New Parliament to be ‘more pro-business, less green’

The new European Parliament is likely to be 'more pro-business' and more industry-friendly', adopting a less 'green' stance on major policy issues, Jacques Lafitte of consultancy Avisa told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that a new majority coalition will emerge between the EPP, ALDE and the new conservative group.
Nigel Farage au Parlement européen, 2011, [EP/Flickr]
EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2009

New Eurosceptic group leader: ‘We’ll probe Irish Lisbon guarantees’

The Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group, a new far-right political faction in the European Parliament, intends to "invest some money getting a proper legal opinion on these 'guarantees' given to Ireland by EU leaders," Nigel Farage, the group’s co-President, told EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 29-06-2009

PA chief: Tories’ EU influence ‘to decline considerably’

British Conservatives MEPs' influence in the new European Parliament will "decline considerably" as a result of party leader David Cameron's decision to pull them out of the European People's Party (EPP), Elaine Cruikshanks, CEO of consultancy Hill and Knowlton's Brussels office, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 09-06-2009

Simon Hix: Centre-right won elections ‘on socialist ticket’

The European Parliament shifted to the right not because the centre-right won the EU elections, but rather due to the Socialists' inability to convince voters that they can tackle the economic crisis, Simon Hix, professor at the London School of Economics, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Brexit 09-06-2009

Former MEP: UK far-right success ‘won’t last’

The election success of the far-right British National Party (BNP) does not signal a major shift to the right in British politics, according to former British Labour MEP Richard Corbett, who lost his seat to the BNP in last weekend's European election.
EU Priorities 2020 05-06-2009

MEP candidate: Polish EPP-ED chair ‘a sign of openness’

Polish Civic Platform (PO) MEP Jerzy Buzek's nomination as chair of the European Parliament's centre-right EPP-ED group would be "a great sign of openness," Dominique Lesage, a Polish candidate of French origin running on the Warsaw list of Prime Minister Donald Tusk's PO party in the EU elections, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 05-06-2009

Dutch politicians: EU poll results ‘disappointing’ and ‘shameful’

The projected results of the Dutch European elections, in which the far-right anti-EU and anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV) have recorded huge successes, are "disappointing" and "shameful", leading candidates from the Netherlands' main centre-left and centre-right parties told EURACTIV in an interview. 
EU Priorities 2020 05-06-2009

De Groote: Bundling EU and regional elections ‘a mistake’

European expats living in Belgium should be able to vote in regional elections, which should be held separately from the EU poll in order to ensure targeted debates, Julie De Groote, who is running for reappointment in Belgian regional elections, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 04-06-2009

Emma Bonino: Italian campaign ‘totally undemocratic’

There is no rule of law in Italy under Berlusconi, former European commissioner and current vice-president of the Italian Senate Emma Bonino told EURACTIV from Rome in a telephone interview yesterday (3 June).
EU Priorities 2020 02-06-2009

UK Tory MEP: ‘We’ve clearly got a lot of people worried’

Establishing a new conservative, anti-Lisbon and anti-federalist group in the European Parliament will not weaken the European People's Party, Geoffrey Van Orden, a leading Conservative MEP, told EURACTIV in a telephone interview.
EU Priorities 2020 26-05-2009

Voter survey head: EU politics ‘in danger’

The future of European politics is bleak unless politicians make an effort to change their blighted image and show more leadership, Dr. Ulrich Reinnhardt, CEO of the Stiftung für Zukunftsfragen (Foundation for Future Studies), a German think-tank, told EURACTIV in an interview. The foundation has released a comprehensive survey of European voters ahead of the June European elections.
EU Priorities 2020 13-05-2009

Top EU poll candidate: ‘Spain ready for a liberal alternative’

After over fifteen years of a "fierce and brutal two party-system," Spain is ready for a third moderating force to inject some reasonable and sensible discourse into Spanish politics, redress abstentionism and allow the country to embark on a new economic deal, said Sean O'Curneen, the Centro Democratico Liberal's top candidate, in an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 06-05-2009

New party: Trans-European politics will boost EU’s world power

Only with the proliferation of trans-European parties can we build the "strong and stable democracy" needed to see the EU achieve its potential as a "world power", Bart Kruitwagen, treasurer of the 'Newropeans' party, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the European elections.
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2009

Pat Cox: EU elections to decide future coalitions

The June European elections will decide what kind of stable majorities can be built in the next Parliament in order to win qualified majority votes, Pat Cox, former European Parliament president told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2009

Rasmussen: ‘Socialists will treat state aid differently if elected’

If the Socialists gain more influence following the June European elections, there will be more state aid for economic restructuring cases, such as the Poland's Gda?sk shipyards, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Party of European Socialists, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview today.
EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2009

BEUC: ‘We’re asking MEPs to sign up to consumer pledge’

Getting citizens to vote in the European elections should not be a gruelling task, according to Monique Goyens, director-general of BEUC, the EU consumer organisation. In an interview with EURACTIV, she explained how a proposed “consumer pact” could re-connect voters to Europe.
EU Priorities 2020 27-04-2009

Péter Balázs: Nationalism is still alive in Europe

Hungary and Slovakia must make a major effort to overcome nationalist tension, Péter Balázs, recently appointed as Hungary's new foreign minister, told EURACTIV Hungary in an exclusive interview.