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Languages & Culture 25-09-2019

New MEP asks Commission for Turkish to become official EU language

New leftist Cypriot MEP Akel Niyazi Kizilyurek asked the EU Commission whether Turkish could be the EU's 25th language. According to the MEP, this would be one way to prepare for the future reunification of the island of Cyprus. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
EU Elections 2019 19-04-2019

France’s incoming MEPs will be ‘like a company that only functions with interns’

Only 20 out of the 70 MEPs set to represent France in the new European Parliament already know the system. "It is like a company that only functions with interns," according to one lawmaker. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

EU anti-tax fraud quest goes up a notch

The EU's anti-tax fraud programme, Fiscalis, got a shot in the arm from MEPs on Wednesday (17 April), when the European Parliament approved a revised version with a bigger budget. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

On Tuesday (16 April), MEPs approved the creation of a European Labour Authority, as well as several positions that favour the rights of European workers and combat social dumping. But major changes still need to be made. EURACTIV France reports.

Germany’s ruling parties rank just above far-right on climate protection

The European People’s Party (EPP) has scored very poorly in an analysis of how MEPs voted on climate policies, ranking even lower than the European Parliament's far-right contingent. In Germany, it is a similar story. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

Disabled in need of full-time care cleared to take part in EU vote in Germany

For the first time, people who are in need of full-time care due to severe disabilities are allowed to vote - including in EU elections. This was decided by the Federal Constitutional Court, though the coalition of CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats wanted to postpone the decision due to time constraints. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 10-04-2019

EU Parliament failed to address sexual harassment, says outgoing Pirate Party star

Last week, Julia Reda of the Germany Pirate Party and most known critic of the controversial EU copyright directive, left politics altogether. The reason: allegations of sexual harassment against her former colleague and current candidate of the Pirate party for the 2019 EU elections. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Reda spoke of sexual harassment in the EU Parliament and the implementation of the copyright reform.
Elections 27-02-2019

Europe needs new approach to tackle right-wing climate denial, study finds

Half of all votes against climate and energy decisions in the European Parliament come from right-wing parties and that number is set to grow as they are expected to score high at the next European elections, according to a study presented in Brussels on Wednesday (27 February).
Politics 01-06-2018

Tweets of the Week: Oettinger, golden passports and Mamoudou Gassama

This week, gaffe-prone Gunther rides again, golden passports are met with disdain and Malian hero earns widespread acclaim.
Enlargement 18-04-2018

A year of opportunity for the Balkans

The fact that the Western Balkans is being increasingly prioritised on the European agenda is no longer sufficient To achieve real progress in EU integration, the Western Balkan countries need a clearly defined plan that includes a concrete timeframe for all six countries, writes Ilhan Kyuchyuk.
Electric vehicles 27-10-2017

Green MEP: ‘I pledge for a bold approach to e-mobility’

The Greens will support electrification in cities as long as it is not limited to cars but also extended to other means of transport, Greens MEP Cramer said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.
Nigel Farage au Parlement européen, 2011, [EP/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 05-06-2014

Eurosceptic Danes and Finns leave Farage’s group

The eurosceptic Danish People's Party, and The Finns party, have left Nigel Farage's Parliament group, Europe of Freedom and Democracy, which they previously belonged to.
EU Elections 2014 04-06-2014

High-profile ‘casualties’ in European Parliament elections

Many high-profile MEPs have been re-elected, but a significant number of them have been less lucky and have failed in their attempt to enter the new European Parliament. The EURACTIV network reports about the most prominent election casualties.
Health 09-10-2013

Parliament waters down EU tobacco directive, sparking left-right tensions

Left-wing lawmakers accused centre-right parties in the European Parliament of being in the hands of industry after the assembly voted on Tuesday (8 October) to water down proposed EU rules on tobacco control.
Trade & Society 17-07-2013

Proposed sales law is too confusing for consumers

Attempts to introduce a Common European Sales Law are designed to boost cross-border trade. But Ursula  Pachl, the deputy director-general of the European consumer group BEUC, argues that there is no evidence that the new law would achieve this and urges the Parliament – which will consider the proposal this autumn – to reject it.

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