EU Elections 09 Archives

  • Socialists bid to grab key Commission portfolios

    News | Future EU 03-07-2009

    Martin Schulz, leader of the centre-left group in the European Parliament, announced the Socialists' intention on Thursday (2 July) to get several important portfolios in the next European Commission.

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

    Interview | EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2009

    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.

  • Parliament set to delay Barroso vote

    News | Future EU 02-07-2009

    The European Parliament will not hold a vote on José Manuel Barroso's re-appointment as Commission president at its July plenary, it emerged yesterday (1 July) after the liberals and socialists agreed to wait until the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty this autumn.

  • Socialists split over name change, Barroso

    News | EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2009

    The Socialists in the European Parliament have come under attack from their French members, who disagree with the group’s strategic direction ahead of a July plenary that could see José Manuel Barroso's re-appointment at the European Commission delayed. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Far-right MEPs form group in European Parliament

    News | EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2009

    A new far-right Eurosceptic group was formed in the European parliament yesterday (1 July), vowing to provide a "much-needed voice of opposition" and play an active role in the 'No' campaign ahead of the second Irish Lisbon Treaty referendum.

  • New eurosceptic group to probe Irish Lisbon ‘guarantees’

    News | EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2009

    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 in an interview.

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

    Interview | Public Affairs 29-06-2009

    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.

  • Tories’ EU influence ‘to decline considerably’

    News | Public Affairs 29-06-2009

    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.

  • Tories lose Finn, Greens gain Swedish pirate

    News | EU Priorities 2020 26-06-2009

    The new anti-federalist group in the European Parliament led by the British Conservatives has suffered a setback after one of their MEPs reversed his decision to join its ranks. Meanwhile, the celebrated Swedish Pirate Party MEP has decided to join the Greens instead of the Liberals.

  • 2009-2014: A centre-right European Parliament

    Policy Brief | EU Priorities 2020 25-06-2009

    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.

  • No majority in Parliament for Barroso vote

    News | EU Priorities 2020 25-06-2009

    Prickly consultations led by the European People's Party to elect José Manuel Barroso for a second term as European Commission president will start in the European Parliament on 30 June, with a large majority of MEPs seemingly against holding the vote on 15 July, sources told EURACTIV.

  • Post-election analysis: Between apathy and anger, but no earthquake

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2009

    In light of the election results, the new European Parliament will be less in favour of further enlarging the EU, more conservative and 'stingy' in terms of EU budget resources, more conservative on CAP-related issues and possibly more divided over fundamental rights-related issues, argues a June paper from the European Policy Centre (EPC). But the new EU assembly will be more engaged on climate change-related issues and legislation and ever-more focused on foreign and security policy matters," it adds.

  • European Parliament groups elect their leaders

    News | EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2009

    The two largest political groups in the European Parliament re-elected their leaders yesterday (23 June), marking the first step in the struggle to obtain leading positions in the EU assembly's key committees and foreign delegations.

  • Parliament’s new anti-federalist group: A fragile coalition?

    News | EU Priorities 2020 23-06-2009

    The European Parliament's newest group, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), was formally established yesterday (22 June), spearheaded by the British Conservatives. While leading Tories hailed the break-up of the EU's centre-right "federalist cartel", others warned about the group's "ideological isolationism" and limited chances of success.

  • Lithuanian finance minister takes EU Commission seat

    News | EU Priorities 2020 19-06-2009

    Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has chosen his finance minister, Algirdas Semeta, to replace Dalia Grybauskait? as EU budget commissioner, after the latter was elected president last month.

  • Barroso on the spot before European Council nomination

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 17-06-2009

    "[European Commission President José Manuel] Barroso will have to tread carefully in selecting candidates for a new college," writes Michael Berendt, a former European Commission official and current public affairs advisor, in a June post on Blogactiv.

  • Poland kicks off race for EU commissioner jobs

    News | Future EU 17-06-2009

    Poland has unveiled its candidate for the next European Commission, prompting other governments across Europe to start playing musical chairs ahead of a summit this week, at which EU leaders are expected to endorse José Manuel Barroso for a second five-year term at the EU executive's helm. EURACTIV Poland contributed to this report.

  • Greens want true Parliament say on Barroso

    News | Future EU 17-06-2009

    Green leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit called for a proper parliamentary debate on the re-appointment of José Manuel Barroso as Commission president ahead of an EU summit this week, de facto anticipating a procedure foreseen under the EU's draft Lisbon Treaty.

  • Voting at shopping centres ‘saved’ election turnout

    News | EU Priorities 2020 15-06-2009

    As the dust settles on the European Parliament elections, EU officials and experts do not seem to be overly concerned by the low turnout, instead stressing the lessons learned from positive experiences like allowing people to vote in railway stations and shopping centres, and over the Internet.

  • New Parliament retains gender imbalance

    News | EU Priorities 2020 11-06-2009

    Once again, women will not be equally represented in the new European Parliament, despite much talk and fully-fledged legislation to ensure gender equality.

  • Support growing for Verhofstadt to replace Barroso

    News | EU Priorities 2020 10-06-2009

    Liberals, Greens and Socialists have started joining forces to prevent José Manuel Barroso from being re-appointed as next president of the European Commission, instead proposing Belgium's former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt.

  • European business groups welcome election result

    News | Public Affairs 10-06-2009

    Industry leaders have welcomed the results of the European parliamentary elections, in which centre-right parties emerged as the dominant players, but several lobby groups have expressed concern about the low numbers of voters going to the polls.

  • Ecologist’s film ‘boosted’ French Greens

    News | Public Affairs 10-06-2009

    Broadcasting the documentary 'Home' on public TV just ahead of the European elections certainly favoured the 'Europe Ecologie' list in France, its director Yann Arthus-Bertrand conceded. But he denied any intention to influence the poll.

  • Race for top jobs hots up

    News | Future EU 09-06-2009

    Just hours after the EU election results were known, leading MEPs began to discuss 'grand' political alliances for appointing the next European Commission and Parliament presidents.

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