About: 2019 European elections

Greens want four EU Commission jobs in return for von der Leyen support

The Greens in the European Parliament have spelt out their conditions for backing future legislative proposals coming out of the new Commission that will take office on 1 November. EURACTIV's media partner Ouest-France reports.
Future EU 03-07-2019

Former German justice minister will vote against von der Leyen

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.

Europeans have chosen to protect the environment and EU leaders should listen

The European Council should take the result of the European elections seriously and ensure that the EU's goals and budget are future-oriented, with a particular emphasis on sustainability and environment, write Dr Raphael Weyland and Konstantin Kreiser.
EU Elections 2019 18-06-2019

Brexit party at ‘high risk’ of donor fraud, says UK elections regulator

The UK’s Electoral Commission said on Tuesday (18 June) Nigel Farage’s Brexit party must account for all donations it has received since it was set up in March because it was open to a "high risk" of fraudulent donations.
Digital 17-06-2019

Facebook to work with ‘trustworthy’ media after Russian fake news offensive

Facebook said it will enable “trustworthy” news publishers to generate additional revenue on its social media site, following EU accusations of Russian meddling in last month's European election campaign.
EU Elections 2019 12-06-2019

Single EU Parliament seat should be in Strasbourg, says official

In an interview with EURACTIV France, the president of Strasbourg's city council and task force lead defending the European Parliament's Alsace HQ, spoke about the so-called single seat issue. Frédéric Bierry highlighted the economic benefits for Germany, as well as the preference of MEPs and European officials to live in the city.
EU Elections 2019 06-06-2019

Macron’s call for an ‘équipe de France’ in EU Parliament shot down

French left-wing and environmentalist MEPs have decided not to attend a meeting organised by the French government. They are refusing to support its call for an "équipe de France" in the European Parliament as it would mean siding with MEPs of Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement national. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 03-06-2019

Who can save Germany’s Social Democratic Party?

Andrea Nahles’ resignation plunged the German Social Democrats (SPD) into chaos. With state elections coming up, the party needs to find successors – but there are not many people to choose from. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Politics 31-05-2019

Tweets of the Week: EU Elections, Spitzenkandidaten, and Council Summit

Welcome to Euractiv’s #EUtweets of the week. This week it’s election election election, Spitzenkandidaten anticipate rejection and EU leaders tussle over selection. This episode is supported by Amfori find out more about their big event at the end. Last week...
EU Elections 2019 29-05-2019

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.
EU Elections 2019 28-05-2019

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.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Vestager: Voice of the people asking for change must be respected

Margrethe Vestager is the Commissioner for competition and the lead candidate for the Liberals in the race for the European Commission presidency. As the European People’s Party and the Socialists will not able to form a majority, she might be the ‘Queenmaker’ in this game of thrones.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

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.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

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.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

It’s coalition time at the European Parliament after the elections

The ‘Green Wave’ and the rise of the Liberals have transformed the European Parliament, which for the first time in 40 years will not be governed by the two main parties. Political forces are now expected to work out a compromise on the next Commission president... if the member states allow.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

German Christian Democrats and Social Democrats slip up on climate protection issue

Climate protection played a central role in the results of the European elections. But German Christian Democrats and Social Democrats admit to not having sufficiently appropriated the climate protection issue. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Farage tops poll and Remain parties surge as EU polls spell out UK’s divide

The UK’s divisions over Brexit were spelt out in technicolor in the European elections on Sunday night (26 May) as Nigel Farage’s Brexit party comfortably topped the poll, and pro-Remain parties also made large gains.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Poland’s PiS wins EU polls, braces for ‘decisive battle’ in autumn

Poland's national-conservative ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) came narrowly ahead of the centrist European Coalition in Sunday's European Parliament vote seen as a test before the parliamentary elections later this year.

Europe hit by green wave

The mobilisation of young people for climate change is accompanied by a growing sense of climate urgency, which was reflected at the ballot boxes in several European countries on Sunday (26 May). EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

France posts surprising results in the European elections

In France, President Emmanuel Macron's party failed to defeat Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National. Surprisingly, the Greens became the third largest French force in the new European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

‘We need to win Britain’s culture war,’ says Greens’ Magid

“People don’t remember what you say, they remember how you made them feel,” says Magid Magid, a campaigner for the UK's Green Party.

EU elections 2019: How to defend and represent Europe?

Europe's foreign and defence policy has always been a very contagious matter with widely divergent views on how to pursue it. Ahead of this week’s vote, EURACTIV looks at proposals from the main European political parties on strategic autonomy, qualified majority voting in foreign policy matters and a stronger EU voice on the global stage.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

EU elections 2019: This is what the parties want for our economy

A new industrial policy for Europe, more support for small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and improved tax policy are common priorities of the European political families for the next mandate, while a review of the ECB mandate is also included in the manifestos of many parties for the EU elections.
EU Elections 2019 22-05-2019

French party programmes for the EU elections are full of ‘surprises’

French party programmes for the upcoming European elections contain proposals that are sometimes far-fetched, even unrealistic. So far, all parties have managed to be off-topic. EURACTIV France reports.

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