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  • Juncker will need to accept replacement Commissioners from Romania, Estonia

    09-07-2019

    Faced with opposition from the member states, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was unable to block the replacement of the Romanian and Estonian commissioners, who were elected as MEPs and already took their MEP seats.

  • Sassoli ‘reasonably optimistic’ for von der Leyen vote

    Future EU 09-07-2019

    The European Parliament's new president, David Sassoli, is “reasonably optimistic” about the vote on whether to confirm Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president next week, EU sources told EURACTIV.com.

  • Power-sharing puzzle solved: Who will chair parliamentary committees?

    09-07-2019

    EURACTIV has pieced together the names of already designated and potential candidates for chairing the European Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees, before their formal election on Wednesday (10 July).

  • Greens set conditions to approve nominee von der Leyen

    Future EU 09-07-2019

    The European Greens have set tough conditions for giving their approval to designated European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who started her charm offensive among political parties in Brussels on Monday (7 July), ahead of next week's vote in the European Parliament.

  • German conservative boss warns coalition partners on Europe

    08-07-2019

    The woman in pole position to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor warned her junior coalition partners against blocking the appointment of a German to head the European Commission, saying this would put their coalition under "maximum strain".

  • New EU chief seeks ‘smart advice’ on first trip to Brussels

    05-07-2019

    EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (4 July) made her first trip to Brussels since being nominated, as senior officials sought to shore up support for her appointment in the European Parliament.

  • MEPs to block Le Pen’s party from taking Parliament jobs

    Agrifood 04-07-2019

    Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National and its allies are facing protest from the European Parliament's political groups, who are refusing to involve the French far-right party in a process that will decide on the Parliament's key positions. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Ursula von der Leyen’s unfinished cyberagency

    Cybersecurity 04-07-2019

    Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council's pick for the EU Commission boss, had been setting up her prestigious 'Agency for Innovation in CyberSecurity' in Germany. However, due to concerns raised by the German court of auditors, it will be her successor at the defence ministry who will have to pick up the pieces. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • Visegrad leaders claim victory in race for EU top jobs

    04-07-2019

    The leaders of the Visegrad Four – Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – were jubilant back home after they successfully blocked their arch-enemy Frans Timmermans from winning the European Commission presidency.

  • The Brief – The darkest ‘white smoke’

    03-07-2019

    After five summit days and hundreds of hours of phone calls, meetings and backroom chats, the EU conclave agreed on its new leadership. But the ‘white smoke’ that emerged from the Council building preludes storm clouds for the nominees and the European demos.

  • Former German justice minister will vote against von der Leyen

    Future EU 03-07-2019

    Former German Justice Minister Katarina Barley told EURACTIV in Strasbourg that she wants to vote against Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council's proposed candidate for the European Commission presidency. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • In defiance of European Council, Parliament elects Italian Socialist as new president

    Future EU 03-07-2019

    The European Parliament elected Socialist David-Maria Sassoli as its new president and picked its extended leadership on Wednesday (3 July), after EU leaders trashed out a surprise package deal for the EU top jobs during a marathon summit the previous …

  • AS IT HAPPENED: The summit that decided on EU top jobs

    03-07-2019

    EU leaders meet in Brussels 20-21 June to try and decide who should get the top institution jobs. Stay tuned here for the main developments from the summit.

  • Christine Lagarde, a non-conventional pick for the ECB presidency

    03-07-2019

    A lawyer by training, Christine Lagarde has been nominated to succeed Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Banck (ECB). The IMF director has an atypical profile, due to her lack of banking experience and question marks over her past. EURACTIV France reports.

  • EU leaders agree on top job picks but trouble already looms

    02-07-2019

    The European Council finally agreed on a pick for the Commission presidency and rallied behind Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday (2 July). But it sets up a potentially ugly encounter with the European Parliament, which might not sanction her appointment.

  • Weber forced to stand aside as EU leaders bypass Spitzenkandidaten

    02-07-2019

    The EPP’s lead candidate for the European Commission Manfred Weber was forced to step down from his candidacy for the post on Tuesday (2 July), as it became clear he could not obtain sufficient support from EU member states.

  • EU Parliament re-schedules election of its president

    Future EU 02-07-2019

    The election of the European Parliament's president was scheduled to take place during the inaugural session in Strasbourg. But the deadlock between EU leaders over the European Commission presidency has put that on hold. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Macron condemns EU Council summit as failure

    01-07-2019

    At the end of the summit of EU28 leaders on Monday (1 July), French President Emmanuel Macron deplored the failure of the negotiations, saying that this blockade gave "a not-so-serious image of Europe". EURACTIV France reports.

  • Locked in strife, EU leaders adjourn talks on top jobs for next morning

    01-07-2019

    A summit of EU28 leaders was adjourned in acrimony on Monday (1 July) after almost 18 hours of talks failed to produce an agreement on how to carve out the bloc's top jobs, due to opposition from Eastern member states and divisions within the conservative European People's Party.

  • EU leaders entrenched over top jobs as EPP rebels against Merkel

    Future EU 01-07-2019

    As morning broke on 1 July, EU leaders were still unable to reach consensus over the distribution of top European jobs as conservatives from Central and Eastern Europe rejected a plan, endorsed by Angela Merkel, that would have installed Socialist Frans Timmermans at the helm of the new Commission.

  • Timmermans frontrunner as EU leaders decide against Weber for Commission president

    28-06-2019

    EU leaders have agreed that conservative German candidate Manfred Weber will not become president of the next European Commission, Germany's Die Welt daily reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the decision. Instead, Socialist Frans Timmermans is now the frontrunner for the EU's top job.

  • The Brief – The EPP’s Hobson’s choice

    28-06-2019

    The clock is ticking on agreeing on the new European Commission president and the once almighty European People's Party is having some tough choices to make in the next couple of days. The Mexican standoff between France and Germany, amplified and …

  • Austria’s interim chancellor will have little say on EU top jobs

    28-06-2019

    Austria will be represented by interim Chancellor Bierlein at the forthcoming EU special summit on Sunday (30 June). However, because she does not belong to any political party, the interim head of government will not be able to stand out with her own, pronounced opinion. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.

  • EU leftists demand ‘climate emergency’ Parliament committee

    Climate change 28-06-2019

    The European Parliament’s leftist group (GUE/NGL) has proposed setting up a special climate emergency parliamentary committee to shift the spotlight on to green issues even more over the next five years.

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