EU Elections 2019 Archives

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  • EU job carousel keeps turning as new hires announced

    Future EU 29-05-2019

    While government leaders clashed Tuesday evening (28 May) over who should lead the main EU institutions, less glamorous yet important jobs were being doled out.

  • Austrian Greens are showing signs of comeback


    Across Europe, green parties have benefited from the fact that the climate crisis has become the focus of attention, including in Austria. The Austrian Green Party,  which has had no seats in the national parliament since 2017, is now gearing up for snap parliamentary elections in autumn. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • Divisions in Poland’s society run deeper than simple populism


    The division of politicians into liberal pro-Europeans and authoritarian anti-Europeans is overly simplistic and "exaggerates the importance of those who strongly oppose integration", the head of the EU's office in Poland said. EURACTIV Poland’s media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

  • Macron already taking shots at remodelling Europe


    French President Emmanuel Macron wants to change the Spitzenkandidaten process to ensure a strong European executive. According to him, the programme comes first, and only then the candidate who could implement it. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Salvini and Berlusconi to fight for Orban’s eyes

    Politics 29-05-2019

    The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. /// ROME Salvini to convince Orban. Italian daily La Stampa reported that Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini will …

  • Isolated Italy excluded from EU top jobs race, faces pressure over debt


    Italy risks a rude awakening in the race for top European Union jobs as it faces growing isolation after eurosceptic nationalists in its ruling coalition won big in last week's European Parliament elections.

  • Gender balance becomes paramount in race for top EU jobs


    Initial battle lines were drawn between member states over who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President on Tuesday (28 May) as EU leaders met to discuss “no names, just process”, in preparation for a decisive summit in June.

  • The Brief – Friends or foes?


    As the EU28 start horse-trading for the European Commission top job over dinner tonight, the two main negotiators find themselves in separate corners, both in weakened positions.

  • Parliament calls for Spitzenkandidat to be respected, liberals oppose it


    The process of naming the next Commission president should respect the Spitzenkandidaten system, the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament said in a joint statement on Tuesday (28 May), despite opposition from the liberal ALDE group.

  • Will they step down? Five Commissioners elected as MEPs


    Five members of the Juncker Commission have been elected as MEPs, the EU executive confirmed on Tuesday (28 May). What remains to be seen is whether they will take their seats in the European Parliament or stay on as Commissioners.

  • V4 set to unite behind Sefcovic for Commission top job


    The Visegrad Group could propose current Slovak Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič (S&D) to be the new European Composition president,’s partner Hospodářské Noviny (HN) learned on Monday (28 May), referring to sources close to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.

  • The Romanian diaspora – a force to be reckoned with


    A hundred-meter queue stretches on Boulevard du Régent in Brussels where foreign embassies are located. Occasional shouts – "Let us vote!” – pierce through the usually quiet neighbourhood.

  • Macron on the hunt for progressive allies

    Politics 28-05-2019

    The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Before reading The Capitals today take a look at #EUelections2019: Winners and Losers /// PARIS …

  • EU leaders launch hunt to fill Brussels’ top jobs

    Future EU 28-05-2019

    European leaders descend on Brussels on Tuesday (28 May) to launch the hunt for a new generation of top EU officials in the wake of elections that shook up traditional alliances.

  • Germany’s SPD head proposes vote on her party’s leadership after election rout


    The head of Germany's Social Democrats said on Monday (27 May) she would propose a vote on her position as leader of the party in parliament, after her decision to stay in coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives was criticised by the party's left.

  • Austrian Parliament ousts the government of Sebastian Kurz


    The term of Sebastian Kurz as Austria's Chancellor has come to an end. On Monday (27 May), the Austrian Parliament voted a no-confidence motion against the 32-year-old and his entire government. However, Kurz's political career is not over. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • A proxy for a People’s Vote


    These European elections were never supposed to happen in the UK but once it became clear that they would take place, it was inevitable that they would be seen as a proxy for another referendum.

  • The Brief – Macron, the Kingmaker


    Let’s be blunt about it. The winners in the new European Parliament are the Greens, with almost 20 more members, and especially the ALDE group, with some 40 extra MEPs, mostly thanks to the arrival of Macron’s Renaissance party. This is why this force is now called ALDE&R.

  • Traditional French parties experience defeat


    The two main political groups in the European Parliament are losing ground but will remain the powerhouses in the new assembly. However, the traditional political forces on both the right and the left collapsed in France during the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.

  • Six different scenarios for European Parliament alliances


    Now that voters have spoken, comes the question of a coalition in the European Parliament, where no group has a majority by itself. Ecologists and liberals are in a position of strength. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

  • Romania’s controversial socialist leader Dragnea goes to jail

    Politics 27-05-2019

    Romania's Supreme Court has decided to send Liviu Dragnea, the powerful president of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), to prison for three-and-a-half years over a corruption case involving fake jobs for party workers.

  • #EUelections2019: Winners and Losers


    As EU leaders prepare for what is likely to be a protracted period of negotiating a majority in the fragmented new European Parliament,  EURACTIV looks at the winners and losers of the European elections held in the 28 member states.

  • Sánchez cements leadership of Socialist bloc after EU vote


    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s sound victory in the EU elections confirmed the momentum of his party in Spain and positioned him as the leader of the European Socialists, as he seeks to grab an influential EU top job for Madrid.

  • Wales dubbed a ‘Remain nation’ after EU vote


    Wales’ remain-supporting parties outstripped their Brexit-backing counterparts in Sunday’s (26 May) election results, prompting the leader of the principality’s nationalist party to declare it a “Remain nation”. Wales voted alongside England in 2016 to leave the EU.

EU28: POLITICO Europe reports that Dacian Ciolos (PLUS-ALDE), former Prime Minister of Romania, joins the Renew Europe leadership race. Renew Europe is the new Group in the European Parliament, which hosts liberal and centrist national parties. #EP2019

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