EU Elections 09 Archives

  • Lib Dem leader: Nothing beats face-to-face politics

    Public Affairs 15-12-2008

    UK Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg spoke to EURACTIV in an interview about his party's aim to knock on a million doors in the country ahead of next year's European elections. He also spoke of his belief that a return to face-to-face politics, combined with innovative campaign technologies, can combat growing political apathy among voters.

  • Schulz: ‘Socialists to lead EU Parliament in 2009’

    EU Priorities 2020 02-12-2008

    The fallout from the global financial crisis and divisions among European conservatives have given the Party of European Socialists (PES) a strong platform from which to become the European Parliament's largest group in elections next June, believes Martin Schulz MEP, the leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, who spoke to EURACTIV at the PES Congress in Madrid.

  • Van Staa: Regional parliaments to boost EU election turnout

    EU Priorities 2020 01-12-2008

    Regional parliaments will not stand still ahead of the EU elections, said Herwig van Staa, president of the conference of presidents of the regional legislative assemblies of Europe (CALRE). He spoke to EURACTIV about the initiatives planned by regional parliaments to engage with citizens in the run-up to the European poll.

  • Mayor: Europe ‘needs simple language’

    Public Affairs 27-11-2008

    The negative referendum on the EU Constitution in 2005 was a lesson learned for Ivo Opstelten, mayor of Rotterdam, who launched a citizens' initiative to put what Europe is all about into simple language. He spoke to EURACTIV about the scheme.

  • Lunacek: Greens’ dream turns social ahead of EU elections

    EU Priorities 2020 26-11-2008

    The financial and economic crisis gives the Greens an opportunity to show voters that they are not just campaigning "to save trees, but people too," said Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Minister: ‘Institutional limbo’ to overshadow 2009 elections

    EU Priorities 2020 18-11-2008

    The "institutional limbo" surrounding the Lisbon Treaty may lead to "new euroscepticism across Europe" during next year's European elections, according to Swedish EU Affairs Minister Cecilia Malmström.

  • ALDE chief: European Parliament needs ‘ideological coalition’

    EU Priorities 2020 06-11-2008

    An "ideological coalition", holding a majority in the European Parliament, should be formed after the EU elections in June 2009 to push forward a substantial package on the economy, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) leader Graham Watson told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Danish PM warns against ‘abuse’ of crisis

    EU Priorities 2020 04-11-2008

    Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants EU leaders to "stick to free market principles" and prevent those who are "trying to abuse the financial crisis" from introducing "protectionist measures" for domestic industries. He spoke to EURACTIV before his keynote address at the European Liberal Democrats' annual congress in Stockholm last week.

  • Irish MEP: Hold second Lisbon vote, with opt-outs

    EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2008

    Irish centre-right MEP Colm Burke (EPP) recently became the first Irish politician to propose a specific 'roadmap' for holding a second Lisbon referendum in Ireland. Discussing this plan and other issues in an interview with EURACTIV, Burke called for a multi-question referendum to be held in October 2009, allowing Irish citizens to vote on possible opt-outs from the Lisbon Treaty while also constituting a second ballot on the text itself.

  • Cohn-Bendit: New ‘Europe Ecologie’ list to lead French Greens

    Elections 22-10-2008

    Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the co-president of the Green group in the European Parliament, shared his views on the forthcoming European elections with EURACTIV France, unveiling "Europe Ecologie", a new movement launched together with radical farmer and peasant leader José Bové.

  • Expert: Time to free EU elections from national straitjackets

    EU Priorities 2020 14-10-2008

    Having previously described European elections as "second-order national elections," Professor Cees Van der Eijk of the University of Nottingham spoke to EURACTIV about the outlook for next year's vote as well as MEP Andrew Duff's radical proposals to overhaul the European electoral system.

  • Azelio Fulmini: This Commission could stay until Lisbon Treaty is ratified

    EU Priorities 2020 08-10-2008

    The present European Commission, whose term ends in autumn 2009, should stay in office until the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, says Dr. Azelio Fulmini, an expert on the EU institutions and the legislative process.