EU Elections 2014

Elections 11-07-2017

Replacing Juncker: A centre-left struggle

French Commissioner Pierre Moscovici’s name has been linked with the EU executive’s top job once the current president’s mandate ends. If Juncker’s successor is chosen in the same way he got the job, then how good are Moscovici’s chances? Nicholas Whyte explains.

Elections 29-03-2017

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas.

Global Europe 05-12-2014

The EU needs to stop playing hardball with Turkey

A more inclusive EU would symbolize a new era of global cooperation, validating Turkey’s record as a meaningful partner, writes Yusif Babanly.

Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
Brexit 03-12-2014

MEPs face loss of legitimacy if they fail parliamentary reform

If the European Union lacks somewhat in terms of popular legitimacy, the electoral procedure of the European Parliament must have something to do with it. Fortunately, Parliament is itself responsible for initiating electoral reform, although like all parliaments it must overcome the vested interests of serving deputies that provide an in-built bias towards the status quo, writes Andrew Duff.

EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2014

The Juncker Commission: What party balances?

The inauguration of the Juncker Commission brings to a close a nomination process in which Commissioners' party ties played an important role. It is nevertheless balanced, on fairly stable partisan grounds, in comparison with the Barroso Commission, and is likely to move towards political choices oscillating between continuity and a break with the past, argues Yves Bertoncini.

EU Priorities 2020 14-10-2014

If Bulc is nominated, the next Dan Brown novel should be about the Brussels bubble

Some Europeans are deeply respectful of European institutions and serious about the jobs of the persons that lead it. It is a valuable project that brought peace, prosperity and democracy to the continent. It deserves full support. On the other hand, the Slovenian centre-left was cheering to the song that refrains “Europe is a gang of thieves” [see related EURACTIV article].

EU Priorities 2020 23-09-2014

Juncker’s Commission vice-presidents are a well-intentioned, but bad idea

The Juncker Commission will have vice-presidents with power over other commissioners but that may create more problems than it solves, writes Mark Rhinard.

EU Priorities 2020 09-09-2014

Beyond individuals: a more effective structure for the Commission

Commenting on the leaked organigram of the next Commission, Fabian Zuleeg says that new executive should reflect not only an acceptable political bargain, but also makes progress in making the structure more effective.

EU Priorities 2020 09-09-2014

Scotland and de-globalisation

The prospect of Scottish independence is further evidence that the era of increasing globalisation, with all its benefits to capital, is waning fast. Support for independence, an issue to be put to a vote among Scots on Sept. 18, has surged in recent days, with those in favor registering their first opinion poll lead over the weekend, writes James Saft.

04-09-2014

The EU is in a spin, officials get caught in revolving doors

It's revolving door season in Brussels as ex-MEPs, departing commissioners and former officials decide on their future career moves. But the rules preventing conflicts of interest and abuses of power are found wanting states Vicky Cann.

EU leaders sideline gender parity at summit

?Appointing 40% of women to the Commission has become mission impossible, and it is legitimate to wonder whether the wind from the conservative corner isn’t blowing too loud in Europe, writes Maari Põim.

01-09-2014

New EU trio is now complete, what next?

New EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini face hard times, and deserve our support, writes Fraser Cameron.