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EU Elections 2019 17-09-2018

Czech MEP: I want to be ECR’s lead candidate, not an EU top job candidate

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil has recently announced his intention to become the ECR's lead candidate for the 2019 European Elections. He is a supporter of a multi-speed Union, with freedom for member states to pursue a foreign policy that best suits their own interests.
Future EU 07-09-2018

Ska Keller: Manfred Weber’s openness to the far right is ‘quite crazy’

In an exclusive interview, Ska Keller, co-chair of the Greens-EFA group, shared what she expects from next week's State of the Union speech and the vote on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 measures against Hungary, as well as weighing in on Manfred Weber's bid to lead the EPP into the EU elections.
Elections 05-02-2018

Alain Lamassoure: Transnational lists – a crazy idea

The European conservatives are opposed to the project of transnational lists for the European elections, but risk losing during the vote on the matter on 6 February
Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Juncker is ‘sincerely in favour of social Europe’

Jean-Claude Juncker deserves credit for making social issues a priority for the European Commission, Socialist MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Elections 12-04-2017

László Andor: There is a systemic problem in Hungary

EXCLUSIVE/ EURACTIV spoke with the former Hungarian Commissioner László Andor this morning (12 April) just before the EU executive gathered to discuss the “illiberal drift” in his country.
Future EU 09-03-2017

Maltese opposition leader: Further EU integration should not be blocked

If there are countries that want to proceed forward with further integration, no one should block them from doing so, Malta's opposition leader told EURACTIV.com.
Euro & Finance 09-02-2017

Parliament rapporteur: 2018 EU budget should focus on ‘prosperity’ and ‘security’

The 2018 EU budget should be pro-growth in order to create well-paid jobs but simultaneously boost security both externally and internally, Siegfried Mureșan told Euractiv.com in an interview.
Europe's East 22-10-2015

Tajani: ‘Orban made mistakes, but opened debate’

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán made “mistakes” when dealing with the refugee crisis, but has highlighted the importance of Europe's borders, European Parliament Vice-President Antonio Tajani told EURACTIV Spain.
Elections 21-10-2015

EPP Secretary General: A Podemos victory would be disastrous for Spain

Ciudadanos, Podemos and the Socialists (PSOE) won't be able to guarantee stability in Spain, according to Antonio López-Istúriz, Secretary General of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP).
Elections 16-07-2015

Michael Kaeding: ‘Juncker decides the fate of the European Parliament’

One year after Jean-Claude Juncker was elected, the Parliament is undergoing a radical change, says Michael Kaeding, who believes that Juncker’s leadership style is giving MEPs new political power.
EU Elections 2014 20-03-2014

Belgian MEP candidate: Either the EPP goes ‘social’ or we might leave

Claude Rolin, a former Belgian trade union leader now turned candidate for the centre-right at the next European Parliament elections, says the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) needs to “find a sense of social progress”, otherwise it might see its Belgian member, the CDH, leave the group. The idea is not new among Belgian Christian Democrats.

Dombrovskis: Euro crisis ‘is also a competitiveness crisis’

As Europe slowly climbs out of the economic crisis, the focus for the European Parliament elections campaign is jobs and growth, Valdis Dombrovskis says, adding that competitiveness is key and that Europe needs to catch up with the US and Japan in spending on innovation and science.
Elections 28-01-2014

EPP chief: We have four candidates for Commission president

Joseph Daul, the president of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), named four potential candidates for the European Commission presidency who could be nominated at the EPP Congress on 6-7 March. In an exclusive interview for EURACTIV Czech Republic, Daul said he was touring EU capitals to sound out support for each one of them. 
Global Europe 29-11-2013

EPP leader: Vilnius is a turning point in EU-Russia relations

By deterring Ukraine from associating with the EU, Russia has broken at least two major international agreements. Consequently, the EU should become more assertive towards Moscow, EPP Vice President Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 15-03-2013

Graham Watson: Orbán ‘enjoys playing the bad boy in the class’

European political parties must act responsibly and not give cover for members of their own political parties, British MEP Graham Watson, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, tells EURACTIV.
Central Europe 15-09-2009

Buzek: Determined to shape EU agenda, but ready for unexpected

Ahead of his inaugural speech today, newly-elected president of the European Parliament, Polish centre-right MEP Jerzy Buzek (EPP), gave EURACTIV a glimpse of his priorities for the coming years in an interview. 
EU Priorities 2020 09-06-2009

Simon Hix: Centre-right won elections ‘on socialist ticket’

The European Parliament shifted to the right not because the centre-right won the EU elections, but rather due to the Socialists' inability to convince voters that they can tackle the economic crisis, Simon Hix, professor at the London School of Economics, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Brexit 12-03-2009

MEP: EU attracts politicians fed up with ‘ya-boo’ UK politics

Female politicians in the UK do well in the European Parliament as it offers "the sort of politics women like to be associated with" and is "much more collegial, much more consensual and less confrontational 'ya-boo' boy politics of Westminster," the leader of the UK Labour delegation in the European Parliament, Glenis Willmott, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Elections 15-06-2004

Interview: Lamassoure warns Bayrou against leaving the EPP

In an interview with EURACTIV, the MEP and member of the ruling French party UMP warned centrist leader François Bayrou against leaving the EPP to form a coalition with the liberals in the new parliament.
Elections 10-06-2004

Interview: Wilfried Martens, President of the European People’s Party

The EPP is trying to "convince voters that Europe is a necessity" claims Wilfried Martens, President of the European People's Party in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.com.