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Brexit 12-11-2019

British MEP: Orban is not an extremist, would be ‘interesting’ to have him in ECR

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has done nothing really outrageous except to challenge the “EU orthodoxy” in some areas, and has been unfairly labelled as an extremist, the leader of British conservatives in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 19-07-2019

‘Environmentalist’ von der Leyen forgot farming in her speech, MEPs say

Ursula von der Leyen' slip-up on agriculture did not pass unnoticed by lawmakers, who voiced regret that the Commission president-elect did not mention at all the farming sector in the first speech she addressed to the plenary in Strasbourg last Tuesday (16 July).
EU Elections 2019 04-06-2019

How strong is right-wing populism after the European elections?

Following the European elections, a new right-wing alliance will be formed in the European Parliament. EURACTIV Germany looks into how influential right-wing parties will actually be from now on.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

EU socialists say Romania’s Victor Ponta is ‘fully unreliable’

Romania’s former Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has left the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) and formed his own ProRomania party, cannot be trusted as he changes his mind every week, a high-ranking EU socialist told EURACTIV.com.  
Digital 14-05-2019

European election candidates consider next steps for EU media policy

Lead candidates for the upcoming European elections are pondering ways of safeguarding the media sector's integrity in light of persistent economic challenges and emerging threats like Russian disinformation.
EU Elections 2019 08-03-2019

Orban says Fidesz may leave EPP, look at Poland for alliance

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (8 March) his ruling nationalist Fidesz party may drop out of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) amid a row over his government's anti-Brussels media campaign.
EU Elections 2019 30-01-2019

ECR’s Zahradil: Orban is happy where he is in the EPP

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) will not only survive the loss of their UK MEPs this year but hope to be even stronger after the European elections in May, Jan Zahradil, the ECR's Spitzenkandidat, said during a debate organised by the Union of European Federalists (UEF) in Brussels last week.
Agrifood 16-01-2019

Four things to watch ahead of final EU vote on pesticides

European Parliament lawmakers will today (16 January) vote on a non-binding report calling for a rethink of the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides. 
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

Weber leaves door open to any pro-EU ally

Socialists and liberals are natural allies for the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in the next European Parliament, according to Manfred Weber, the EPP's lead candidate for the European elections in May.
EU Elections 2019 28-11-2018

EU needs ‘Great Review’ of powers, says ECR’s Zahradil

No EU agency can replace the role of member states, said Czech MEP Jan Zahradil, putting a ‘Great Review’ of EU powers at the heart of the manifesto for his European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) party, launched on Wednesday (28 November)
EU Elections 2019 14-11-2018

ECR puts forward Czech MEP as their Spitzenkandidat nominee

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil will be the lead candidate of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) to run for the presidency of the next European Commission, party chief Syed Kamall announced on Tuesday (13 October).
EU Elections 2019 18-10-2018

Bulgaria could be marginalised if pro-EU parties dominate EU elections, says MEP

Bulgaria could end up being marginalised if pro-EU parties achieve very good results in next May’s European Parliament elections, said Bulgarian MEP Svetoslav Malinov during a discussion about the upcoming poll.
Elections 06-09-2018

Hesitant MEPs advised to ‘go for a coffee’ during Hungary vote

Next week's vote in the European Parliament on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 against Hungary will be a moment of truth for the EPP political group, whose behaviour will largely determine its outcome, an influential MEP said on Thursday (6 September).
Future EU 30-05-2018

European conservatives reach out to sovereignists

Ahead of the European elections, the conservative group of the European Parliament is getting closer to French sovereignist parties such as Debout la France to fill the gap left by British MEPs. EURACTIV.fr reports.

With Hungarian support, Poland defies EU over rule of law

Poland dismissed on Monday (20 February) demands that it implement judiciary reforms deemed essential by the European Commission to uphold the rule of law.
Elections 15-12-2016

Polish lawmakers pass law restricting rallies

Poland's populist-dominated parliament has passed a law restricting public meetings which was slammed by the opposition as being anti-democratic, media reports said yesterday (14 December).

AfD links to Austrian far-right ‘final straw’ for ECR MEPs

Alternative für Deutschland’s links to the far-right Freedom Party of Austria was the final straw for members of the EU Parliament’s European Conservatives and Reformists group, which yesterday (8 March) voted to kick out the German Eurosceptics .
Elections 07-03-2016

Slovakia turns unpredictable ahead of its EU presidency

The Smer-Social Democrats (Smer-SD) party of Prime Minister Robert Fico lost its majority and will have difficulties forming a coalition government, following elections held on 5 March. The new parliament will be extremely fragmented, with neo-Nazi and protest parties present, leading to speculation about early elections.  EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt [R] is not an active MEP [European Parliament]
Elections 21-01-2015

Poll ranks EP political group leaders as laggards

A poll measuring the most and least active members of the European Parliament reveals that the leaders of the political groups are among the most inactive MEPs, in terms of parliamentary engagement.
[European Parliament/Flickr]
Development Policy 26-11-2014

Tories, UKIP MEPs join far-right in voting against development goals

A recent vote in the European Parliament provided the opportunity to look into which MEPs voted against EU policies to promote the development agenda. Surprisingly, all the Eurosceptic and conservative British MEPs voted against.

Europe’s ‘historic moment’ on plastics bags contested by industry advocates

As lawmakers reached agreement this week to limit the use of plastic bags across Europe, industry voices warned that such rules will have a negative impact on trade in Europe's internal market.
Elections 03-09-2014

German Eurosceptic AfD chides Merkel after state surge (UPDATED)

Riding a wave of momentum after a strong showing in a regional election, Germany's new populist party said on Monday it was time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to wake up and accept it as a new conservative force in German politics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Karel De Gucht, the EU trade commissioner. [European Commission]
EU Elections 2014 24-06-2014

Flemish nationalist spat hits EU scene

Karel De Gucht, the EU trade Commissioner from Belgium, lashed out at the Flemish nationalist party N-VA for joining the Conservative group in the European Parliament, saying they played a “dirty trick” on the liberals, who are led by another prominent Flemish, Guy Verhofstadt.
EU Elections 2014 19-06-2014

Liberals embarrassed as N-VA joins ECR, making it third largest Parliament group

The European Liberals last night (18 June) suffered an embarrassing setback after the N-VA, Belgium's Flemish Separatist Party, voted to join the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament.

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