Future EU Archives

  • The Brief – The costs of a cordon sanitaire

    News 04-07-2019

    The practice of shutting the far-right out of influential positions in the European Parliament has been around for over a decade. Now it has a name: cordon sanitaire.

  • MEPs furious over Council’s ‘backroom horse-trade’ on EU top jobs

    News 04-07-2019

    Lawmakers of the newly constituted European Parliament slammed EU leaders on Thursday (4 July) for their 'backroom package deal' on the EU's top jobs, with a potential inter-institutional conflict looming ahead as the chamber's decision to approve it is on a knife-edge.

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

    News | 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

    News | 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.

  • Former German justice minister will vote against von der Leyen

    News 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

    News 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 …

  • Charles Michel, the compromise builder

    News 03-07-2019

    Embattled at home in politically divided Belgium, Mr Nice Guy on European stage - outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Chárles Michel, whom EU leaders designated to take over the European Council helm from Donald Tusk, might prove to be an unexpected, but suitable pick.

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

    News | EU Elections 2019 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

    News | EU Elections 2019 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.

  • The quiet rise of Ursula von der Leyen

    News 02-07-2019

    German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, a compromise name for the next  European Commission President, is a non-divisive political figure on EU stage and quiet tactician hardly known outside Germany. But her career at home has often been marked by scandals.

  • EU summit suggests Stanishev to take over as European Parliament chief

    News 02-07-2019

    Although it has not been committed to paper, EU leaders suggested that Bulgaria’s Sergei Stanishev, president of the Party of European Socialists, would be the president of the new European Parliament for the next 2.5 years, as part of a package agreed at the EU summit on Tuesday (2 July).

  • EU Parliament re-schedules election of its president

    News 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.

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