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Commission to rule on Czech PM conflict of interest ahead of EU elections

Facing conflict of interest proceedings under tightened EU rules, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš may soon become the first European politician found in violation of the bloc's new law.
Elections 14-01-2019

Liberals and the far-right: A contrasting experience in Spain, Sweden

Four months ahead of the European elections, liberal parties are torn between those ready to engage with the far-right and those opposed to any kind of alliance. Spain and Sweden offer the latest examples.
EU Elections 2019 29-11-2018

Poll: Bulgarian centre-right GERB party to get 37% of votes in EU elections

In the upcoming elections for the European Parliament next May, Bulgaria's conservative ruling party GERB could receive almost 40% of the votes, followed closely by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, according to a poll of voting intentions.  EURACTIV’s media partner Dnevnik reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-11-2018

Macron between patriotism and pro-European sentiment at Armistice centenary

Whether he was in Paris on 11 November, or Les Éparges, the site of a bloody battle between the French and the Germans, or in Verdun with secondary school pupils, Emmanuel Macron’s “memorial itinerary” was set against the background of Europe’s future and the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-11-2018

Macron wants to build EU ‘coalition’ that goes beyond liberal core

President Emmanuel Macron’s party hopes to build a coalition of pro-EU lawmakers in the European Parliament election next spring that goes beyond the current centrist grouping and takes on surging nationalists, a French official said on Friday (9 November).
Global Europe 03-10-2018

Kazakh families torn apart in China’s Xinjiang crackdown

When he looks back on his youth in China's far-west Xinjiang region, Akikat Kaliolla, an ethnic Kazakh, recalls the place's natural beauty and the big, colourful weddings typical of his majority-Muslim community.  
EU Elections 2019 10-09-2018

Verhofstadt sides with Macron for the European elections

The Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European liberals and democrats (ALDE), confirmed in an interview with our partner Ouest-France that he will be campaigning with French President Emmanuel Macron at the European elections in May 2019. The common movement will be launched in October.
 
Elections 10-07-2018

Putting the ‘European’ into the European elections

When the so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” or lead candidate method for designating the Commission president was introduced in 2014, it was celebrated as a democratic revolution. Five years later, it is difficult to find anyone seriously questioning the method - but the enthusiasm has somewhat washed away, writes Christopher Glück.
Elections 29-05-2018

Presidents, elections and grey-haired men

With a year to go until the European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new European Commission, the EU is yet again at a crossroads. But unlike Robert Johnson, the EU is unlikely to sell its soul to play a mean guitar, writes Tom Parker.
Elections 18-05-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Having 5-Star in ALDE wasn’t a bad idea

As Italy gets closer to having a cabinet dominated by the 5-Star Movement, the rejection of this force by the liberal ALDE group in January 2017 increasingly looks like a strategic mistake.
Elections 16-05-2018

Macron’s party seen outperforming French rivals in 2019 EU elections

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is seen easily outperforming its rivals in next year's European Parliament elections, the first poll on the issue showed on Wednesday (16 May), which could give a boost to his EU reform plans.
Elections 21-02-2018

Dan Barna: Save Romania Union similar to Macron’s En Marche

Dan Barna, President of Save Romania Union (USR), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that his force, which largely represents educated urban voters, could join the European political family of Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! party.
Elections 30-11-2017

Europe’s liberals prepare for overthrow of Grand Coalition

Liberals in Europe want to overthrow the European cartel of power held by conservative and social democrats and are targeting victory in the upcoming European elections in 2019. Can their offensive possibly succeed? Wolf Achim Wiegand looks at their chances.
EU Priorities 2020 12-10-2017

Czech MEP: ‘We cannot blame Brussels for our own failures’

We have to stop the “us” and “them” rhetoric in which we blame the European institutions, says Martina Dlabajová, a Czech liberal MEP and member of the ANO movement which is heading for victory in the upcoming Czech parliamentary elections.
Elections 10-10-2017

Czech police charge leading candidate with EU funding fraud

Andrej Babiš, the Czech billionaire who is a leading candidate to become prime minister in elections next week, said yesterday (9 October) that he had been charged with fraud over EU subsidies received by one of his companies.
Brexit 29-09-2017

Verhofstadt: Brexit is ‘a very negative project’, but it helped revive EU popularity

Brexit is "a very negative project" but has nonetheless helped to revive the popularity of the EU and spur demands for change, the European Parliament's pointman on divorce proceedings said yesterday (28 September).
Global Europe 28-06-2017

Half-digital Czech Republic anxious about cyber stability

The Czech Republic is one of the EU leaders in e-commerce. However, it is one of the worst in e-government. For example, one of the ministries uses 125 mutually unconnected databases. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2017

Billionaire Czech politician leading polls rules out joining euro

The Czech Republic should not adopt the euro because it would "bring nothing good," former finance minister Andrej Babis, the front-runner in October's general election, said in an interview today (1 June).
Elections 19-05-2017

French MEPs left cold as Strasbourg goes giddy over Macron

The new French president was the main topic of conversation among visibly excited MEPs in Strasbourg this week. But the French themselves were among the least enthusiastic. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 12-05-2017

As Macron forms party, Brussels ponders its affiliation

Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party on Thursday (11 May) announced a list of 428 candidates for French parliamentary elections in June, a move likely to shake up French politics. In Brussels, the liberal ALDE group hopes En Marche! will join its ranks.
Central Europe 27-04-2017

Orbán: Hungary has no big issue with EU, it has a problem with Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he was committed to the EU and accused US billionaire George Soros of "attacking" his country yesterday (26 April) as he defended a law that could close down a university founded by the philanthropist.
Politics 02-03-2017

Czech minister wants to guarantee the right to keep and bear arms

A constitutional amendment would enable Czechs to acquire and possess a gun for security purposes. This is a partial response to the proposed EU Firearms Directive. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Global Europe 14-02-2017

Farage disparages Muslim immigration, says Europeans agree

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage expressed anger at the European Union in a heated debate this morning (14 February). Farage stated that leaders are ignoring the true wishes of Europeans.

EU unemployment: Declining, but dependent on labour mobility

Britain’s exit from the EU could slow down Europe’s economic growth. However, unemployment forecasts remain positive. The latest Eurostat figures show that the number of jobless has been steadily declining. Aktuálně reports.

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