About: 2019 European elections

EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Fact-check: Do the polls indicate a win for Le Pen’s Rassemblement National?

Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National and Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche appear to be neck and neck in the European election polls but Macron's party still retains a statistical advantage. But media coverage appears to be hailing a possible victory for Rassemblement National, rather than for Macron's party. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Macron wants a European convention to reform Europe

France's head of state never runs out of ideas for Europe. Emmanuel Macron now wants to mix ideas proposed by citizens and leaders to get Europe back on its feet. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Video scandal won’t affect FPÖ’s showing in EU elections – Austrian law expert

In an interview with EURACTIV, European law expert Stefan Brocza explains why the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) could still achieve good results in Sunday's European elections, despite the unfolding scandal linking the party with a supposed Russian oligarch.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Europe needs a new Social Contract for Sustainability and Just Transition

What happens after the European elections will determine the future of Europe. The next European Commission must support a new European Social Contract, writes Udo Bullmann.
EU Elections 2019 17-05-2019

Supporters flock to see Farage as Brexit party marches on

Nigel Farage's Brexit party is on the march, promising to "sweep away the UK's two party system". Brexit Editor Benjamin Fox joins them at a campaign rally outside Wolverhampton.
EU Elections 2019 16-05-2019

First clashes liven up last EU Spitzenkandidat debate ahead of election

The six lead candidates of the main political parties laid out their visions of Europe on Wednesday evening (15 May), clashing over jobs and climate change in their last televised debate before the EU elections.
Data protection 14-05-2019

User data on the Internet: Manipulation as a business model

European election campaigns are well underway and online votes are also being sought. In such situations, the temptation to misuse data is great, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal in the US elections demonstrated. In the EU, parties have also long relied on advanced data analysis, but is this still legal? EURACTIV Germany talked to a communication expert.
EURoad2Sibiu 09-05-2019

Spitzenkandidaten survives Sibiu, Tusk calls summit for 28 May

Europe’s leaders on Thursday (9 May) agreed to attend an emergency summit immediately after the EU elections on 28 May, as European Council President Donald Tusk said he wanted to have the distribution of the bloc’s top jobs decided in June.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

Labour will ‘unite divided UK’, Corbyn vows

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that Labour is the only one seeking to unite a divided UK as he launched the party’s European elections campaign on Thursday (9 May). But he again sat on the fence on a second referendum on Brexit.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

Printing ballot papers for EU elections: major obstacle for the French

Smaller French political parties such as the ‘yellow vests’, the Pirate Party, the Animalist Party and even the party calling for Esperanto to be adopted as an EU language, are flocking to the European elections. But they will have to dish out at least €300,000 to cover the costs of printing ballot papers. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

Why the European Parliament’s election video is going viral

It is customary for the European Parliament to produce a video to incite people to go vote in the European elections. The shocking and emotional video for the 2019 elections has already been watched by one out of five Europeans. EURACTIV France reports.

Margrethe Vestager, a competitive approach to environmental policy

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, a Liberal candidate to be the next Commission President, believes the key to improving Europe’s environment and fighting climate change will be implementing the laws already on the books.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

The impact of UK MEPs on the European Parliament

The UK's unexpected participation in this month's European elections means that British MEPs could become important once more, even if their mandate only lasts a few months, writes Dr Simon Usherwood.
Elections 03-05-2019

Voters punish May and Labour for Brexit impasse ahead of EU polls

Voters severely punished the two main UK parties in local council elections on Thursday (2 May), offering a preview of what is likely to happen in the European elections later this month.
EU Elections 2019 03-05-2019

French ‘yellow’ list for the EU elections strikes alliance with far-right MEP Philippot

Jean-François Barnaba, who leads the ‘Jaunes et citoyens’ list is striking an alliance with ‘Les Patriotes’, the far-right party of former Le Pen ally Florian Phillipot. Both want France to leave the European Union and drop the euro. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
EU Elections 2019 03-05-2019

Now is the time to create a real European democracy

The logistical barriers facing new pan-European political parties need to be addressed if the EU's political union is to become reality, argue three founders of Volt, a new pro-European political movement.
EU Elections 2019 29-04-2019

Gavin Esler: I want to stop Brexit, fix Britain and reform the EU

“I’m in this because I want to address the causes of Brexit. I want to stop Brexit, fix Britain and reform the EU.”
Lyra McKee funeral, Greta Thunberg, and 2019 election kick-off
Politics 26-04-2019

Tweets of the Week: Lyra McKee funeral, Greta Thunberg, and 2019 election kick-off

Welcome to another EURACTIV Tweets of the Week! Lyra’s funeral makes hypocrisy plain, “Greta is privileged” some egos complain, and European Parliament launches its election campaign.
EU Elections 2019 24-04-2019

Weber seeks powers to stop Nord Stream 2

The lead candidate for Europe's conservative bloc in next month's EU elections has said he would try to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if he becomes European Commission president, according to an interview published Tuesday (23 April).
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

Boris Johnson’s sister to lead new ‘remain alliance’ in EU poll

Boris Johnson’s sister, Rachel Johnson, and former BBC reporter Gavin Esler will lead a ‘Remain alliance’ of pro-EU candidates at next month’s European elections for the new Change UK party.
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

Top Macron candidate for EU elections ran for far-right as student

A former French minister who is leading President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party in May's European polls admitted on Tuesday (23 April) to a "stupid mistake" after a report that she ran as a far-right candidate in a student election.
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

German far-right AfD party invites Bannon to Berlin

Germany's far-right party AfD has invited Donald Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon to a media conference in Berlin next month.
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

Juncker vows to fight Brussels-bashing before European elections

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has vowed to crack down on Brussels-bashing in the run up to next month's European elections.
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

Spanish general election candidates clash over Catalonia

The main candidates in Spain's general election on Monday (22 April) clashed over how to handle Catalonia's independence drive, accusing each other of lying in a tense television debate that left questions open on what coalition deals could be struck.

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