EU Elections 2014 Archives

  • Keller: Europe is more than just conservatives and socialists

    EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2014

    Ska Keller is in the middle of a pan-European campaign and is facing some political heavyweights in the EU ‘presidential debates’. But the main question facing the European Greens is what role will they still play after 25 May? A question Keller answers in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • EU policy professor: European elections need a ‘Veggie-Day’


    Four weeks before the European elections, Germans seem largely indifferent to the vote. In order to raise interest, the European election campaign should emphasize different issues, advertise new faces, and take on an argumentative nature, says Michael Kaeding, professor of European integration and politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

  • Hazell: ‘We must challenge UKIP’s anti-EU fear mongers’

    Brexit 24-04-2014

    A group of pro-Europe British Conservatives has decided to launch a new party to stand in the upcoming European elections as an alternative to David Cameron’s Conservatives, and Nigel Farage’s eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP). EURACTIV spoke to its founder, Dirk Hazell.

  • Scholar: EU countries’ positions change very little since 1960s

    Future EU 16-04-2014

    Although the situation today is very different from 30 years ago, countries in favour of deeper European integration, and those against, remain very much the same, says Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, fellow in Social Sciences at the Adam Smith Business School, in Glasgow.

  • Pat Cox: Ukraine must be at heart of EU elections campaign


    Europe thought it had settled the issue of territorial integrity in the 20th century, but Russia's annexation of Crimea shows it's not the case. Top candidates must put the issue at the heart of their EU elections' campaign, because the EU's stance on energy and foreign policy matters, said Pat Cox, in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • German official: 2014 elections will create ‘more colourful’ Parliament


    The new, central polling contact in each member state will help prevent double-voting in the 2014 European elections and the absence of the 3% threshold will result in a "more colourful" Parliament this time around, Germany's federal returning officer told in an exclusive interview.

  • Belgian MEP candidate: Either the EPP goes ‘social’ or we might leave


    Claude Rolin, a former Belgian trade union leader now turned candidate for the centre-right at the next European Parliament elections, says the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) needs to “find a sense of social progress”, otherwise it might see its Belgian member, the CDH, leave the group. The idea is not new among Belgian Christian Democrats.

  • German MEP: ‘Eurosceptic AfD is playing false game’


    Germany's Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party must be fought with facts, says Socialists and Democrat MEP Birgit Sippel. The data protection expert finds the German "no-spy" agreement with the US "ridiculous" and calls for strong, Europe-wide regulation of intelligence services.

  • Socialist MEP: A ‘single’ idea of Europe no longer exists


    Top candidates for the European elections met at the Allianz forum in Berlin on Monday (3 March) under the heading "A Soul for Europe". In an interview with after the event, MEP Jo Leinen spoke of Europe's importance as a community of values and why this year's election is unprecedented.

  • Dombrovskis: Euro crisis ‘is also a competitiveness crisis’

    Innovation & Industry 14-02-2014

    As Europe slowly climbs out of the economic crisis, the focus for the European Parliament elections campaign is jobs and growth, Valdis Dombrovskis says, adding that competitiveness is key and that Europe needs to catch up with the US and Japan in spending on innovation and science.

  • CDU official: Our election agenda comes in reaction to the eurocrisis, not the AfD


    Michael Stübgen, the European affairs spokesman for Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), downplayed expectations that Germany will shift right in the European elections, but did agree that populist currents would be more strongly represented in the next European Parliament. He spoke to EURACTIV Germany in an interview.

  • Lamy: Social model distinguishes Europe from the rest of the world

    Trade & Society 04-02-2014

    The core of European integration is what a layman would call a ‘European way of life’, a specific economic and social model that defines European societies and distinguishes them from the rest of the world, former WTO chief Pascal Lamy has said in web chat organised by EURACTIV and the Notre Europe think tank.