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  • INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]

    Promoted content | EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2014

    After a first plenary session and a series committee meetings in early July 2014, key positions were distributed in the European Parliament.

    The European Parliament’s 22 committees held their first meeting on Monday (7 July). On the agenda was the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs.

    The week before, MEPs gathered for the Parliament's first plenary session in Strasbourg, and elected a president, vice-presidents and quaestors. They also appointed the leader(s) of their faction.

    The final leading positions were settled after one Vice-President, Corina Cretu, was selected to take up a Commissioner role in Jean-Claude Juncker's EU executive team.

    Find an overview of the Parliament's key faces for 2014-2019 in our infographic.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: EU Presidential Debates 2014

    Promoted content | EU Elections 2014 28-04-2014

    With less than four weeks to go before polls open on 22-25 May, the parties' main candidates for the EU Commission presidency face each other in a series of 'Presidential Debates', broadcasted by national and European media.

    The main candidates, or 'Spitzenkandidaten', are put forward by their parties as official candidates to lead the EU executive. They will battle it out over their vision for the EU, discussing raging unemployment, energy, economy and all the big challenges facing europe today.

    Seven debates in total are planned. Four of these will feature at least four candidates, who represent mainstream parties. The two main contenders in the race, the socialist Martin Schulz, and centre-right Jean-Claude Juncker, will also engage in three 'face-off' debates.

  • Europe from left to right ahead of #EP2014

    Promoted content | EU Elections 2014 12-02-2014

    Across Europe, parties in government and opposition forces will rally support and lure voters on 22-25 May. With less than 100 days to go before the voters cast their ballot, EURACTIV presents an overview of where the balance of power lies in EU countries.

    Previous election results show that, when it comes to EU elections, parties in government are often punished by protest voters. Have a look at the coalition governments, single allegiance governments and where the balance lies across Europe’s map.

  • Should development aid help contain migration?

    Promoted content | Development Policy 18-12-2013

    After the Lampedusa tragedy, several EU leaders called for development aid to be targeted toward countries, mostly in Africa, which are a major source of illegal immigration.