In November 2015, the European Parliament supported a reform to the EU electoral law that is intended to make the European elections more attractive. EURACTIV Germany spoke to one of the legislature's vice-presidents about it.
The IMF and German hawks want the patient dead. And they still want a Grexit. But the Socialists say “Non passerano” [they will not pass], Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, told Euractiv.com in an exclusive interview.
The European Central Bank's (ECB) controversial policy of ultra-low interest rates continues to draw criticism and German politicians in particular have demanded its president, Mario Draghi, bring them to an end. EURACTIV Germany reports.
It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
The recent German state elections saw an increase in support for right-wing parties, on the back of concerns raised by the refugee crisis. Ska Keller MEP detailed to EURACTIV.de plans to present a “green alternative” to the Dublin System and why right-wing parties may have seen an increase in support.
Ahead of the extraordinary EU summit currently going on in Brussels, European Parliament President Martin Schulz told EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel that he wants efforts for a European solution to the refugee crisis to be increased, so that the bloc remains "unbroken".
Manfred Weber, the leader of the EPP group in Parliament, has welcomed Turkey's commitment to reduce the number of refugees crossing into Europe. EU member states must now do their part and start taking in their quotas of refugees, he said. EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Hotspots are important. But detention centres are also needed for those ordered to return to their home countries, particularly if they are not willing to return voluntarily, Dimitris Avramopoulos said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EURACTIV Germany reports.
“The European model is dead,” Jean-Michel de Waele told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Our future model should be based on a core of six or seven countries that are capable of real political union.
Toni Hofreiter, the co-chair of the German Green Party, sees the COP21 summit as just a starting point, and has called upon Angela Merkel to come up with a strategy to phase out coal. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Germany’s lack of investment in development cooperation is damaging the country’s credibility and is a catastrophe for developing countries, says MEP Norbert Neuser in an interview with EURACTIV.de, arguing that effective development aid could greatly reduce worldwide suffering and could have prevented the Ebola outbreak.
No form of support for renewable energy sources has an effect on the actual amount of CO2 reduction, says Magdeburg-based environmental economist Joachim Weimann, recommending emissions trading and burden-sharing with developing countries to tackle climate change.
Ukraine has asked the EU to dispatch an EU-led Security and Defence (CSDP) mission to Donbas, which, according to Kyiv, should be the biggest ever, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
German Eurosceptic MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel explains why he thinks Moscovici is France's "Trojan horse" in the European Commission and why Chancellor Merkel is secretly pleased with the appointment. He also talks about EU-US free trade negotiations, saying that without transparency on what is being negotiated, it is impossible to have a legitimate opinion on the agreement.
By putting Günther Oettinger in charge of the digital economy in the new European Commission, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has committed a fatal mistake, said MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, warning that Oettinger risks being "crushed" by his new portfolio.
Empowering the European Parliament will not solve the EU's crisis of legitimacy. This effort has hit a dead end, says Professor Mark Andreas Kayser, advocating instead for more influence in the Council of Ministers and national legislatures.