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EU Elections 2019 14-06-2019

With Loiseau’s withdrawal, leadership questions arise for ‘Renew Europe’

Nathalie Loiseau has withdrawn her candidacy to lead the new centrist group in the European Parliament, raising questions about French leadership in the EU assembly. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 13-06-2019

EU liberals change name to appease new French members

The main centrist political group in the EU parliament changed its name on Wednesday  (12 June) after receiving an influx of new French members who shy away from the term "liberal".
Digital 04-06-2019

Vestager’s grand plan for regulating the digital economy

The EU should be "ready to act" should social values such as "privacy, freedom and fairness" be under threat from expanding digital monopolies, the bloc's Competition Chief Margrethe Vestager said on Monday (3 April).
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 24-05-2019

Czechs go to the polls, embattled PM set to win

Czechs will start voting Friday (24 May) in the European Parliament election, with the party of their embattled billionaire prime minister set to win amid expected low turnout and despite protests against his cabinet.
EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Why centrists in European Parliament are prepared to drop the term ‘liberal’

The incoming centrist group in the European Parliament should no longer be calling itself "liberal". This could also lead to the group leaning more towards the left. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 14-05-2019

Macron’s party presents election programme in Berlin

Two weeks before the European elections, Emmanuel Macron’s  La Republique en Marche (LREM) party published its election programme and is now attempting to mobilise pro-European voters, including those in Berlin. EURACTIV German reports.
EU Elections 2019 10-05-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Macron’s Renaissance to reveal allies in Strasbourg

Eight European parties will meet up with Macron’s Renaissance party tomorrow (11 May 2019) in Strasbourg. For allies of France’s leading party in the European Parliament, the wait is over and they can now form a group of 100 centrists. 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 03-05-2019

Pro-European candidates for EU election identify Council as the ‘common enemy’

An oddly uncontroversial debate between the lead candidates of the four major pro-European political families at this month's EU elections took place in Florence on Thursday (2 May).
EU Elections 2019 30-04-2019

Greens: Bulgarian media mogul ‘the kind of people we are fighting against’

Ahead of the World Press Freedom day, the European Greens presented on Tuesday (30 April) proposals for how to guarantee media freedom in Europe. The real question, however, will be how to deal with 'rogue elements' from inside the EU institutions.
EU Elections 2019 25-04-2019

En Marche vs Merkel: Macron’s party criticises German Chancellor for not being bold enough

Merkel and Macron do not go hand in hand when it comes to the European elections. The French ruling party is using this for verbal attacks on the German Chancellor. EURACTIV’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Competition 10-04-2019

Vestager campaigns on hostile French territory

Danish Commissioner Vestager, centrist figurehead and part of French Macronists' future family in the European Parliament, does not have support from the French government for fear she will stand in the way of French candidate Michel Barnier. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 04-04-2019

French Macronists eye coup-like raid on Europe’s liberals

Macronists want to push the political boundaries of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament after the May EU elections, going as far as suggesting a name change for the centrist party. But their gamble is far from being won, EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 02-04-2019

Macron’s party launches eclectic list for the European elections

The “Renaissance” list for the European elections, presented last week, contains unexpected profiles – an oceanographer, a beef farmer, and a sailor – with a connection to the EU as a common denominator. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 28-03-2019

EPP has ‘lost all credibility’ after Orbán scandal, Verhofstadt says

The European People's Party has “lost all credibility and moral authority to lead the EU,” ALDE's leader Guy Verhofstadt has said, following the EPP's decision to suspend but not expel Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party.
EU Elections 2019 20-03-2019

Vestager joins EU Commission presidency race

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager will compete to be the next president of the European Commission, as Europe’s liberals are set to name the Dane among a team of lead candidates that also includes Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium's former Prime Minister.
Future EU 12-03-2019

Merkel distances herself from Macron’s Europe vision

Less than two months after celebrating a new Franco-German treaty, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are diverging on the future of Europe in the run-up to European Parliament elections in May.

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.  

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