About: #EU2019

Politics 24-05-2019

#EU2019 – Loss of EU funds overshadows Portugal’s campaign for EU elections

The anticipated loss of European funds in the European Union's new long-term budget has been the main theme in the Portuguese EU election campaign, which are seen as a warming up for the national elections in October. EURACTIV’s media partner Lusa reports.
Politics 24-05-2019

#EU2019 – Italy: Testing the balance of power within ruling coalition

EU elections could make Italy's ruling Lega the biggest far-right party in the new European Parliament, elevating its leader, Matteo Salvini, to the status of a torchbearer for the populist camp. But they could also plunge the country in political turmoil.
Politics 23-05-2019

#EU2019 – Romania: The referendum and the EU isolation threat

Romania is in a weird position as it’s holding the EU Council presidency and simultaneously feels the heat of the Article 7 nuclear option.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

EU elections in Hungary: The Catch ‘19

Hungary is now caught in an anti-migration and xenophobic discourse as the society did not have the chance to learn or prepare enough, and now it seems almost impossible to change this situation, writes Marcell Lörincz.
Politics 22-05-2019

#EU2019 – Slovakia: Far-right and new parties expected to boost voter turnout

Unlike in the past, surveys in Slovakia suggest that the turnout at the EU election will this time rise to over 20%. However, it’s alarming that some of the increase should be attributed to the mobilisation of extreme right voters.
Politics 22-05-2019

#EU2019 – Dutch PM Rutte turns EP campaign into duel with far-right

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has upped the ante in the Dutch campaign for the European Parliament elections, turning the vote into a two-way battle between his liberal-conservative VVD party and the far-right FvD, led by the controversial, ideologically extreme Thierry Baudet.
Politics 21-05-2019

#EU2019 – Mainstream Czech parties go to polls with common EU vision: a stronger nation

The two largest parties in the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s ANO (ALDE) and Civic Democratic Party (ODS, ECR), have found common ground in their vision for the EU future: a stronger nation. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Politics 20-05-2019

#EU2019 – EU elections will put Merkel to the test

There is growing speculation in Germany that Chancellor Angela Merkel will not complete her mandate, which runs until 2021, if the current left-right “grand coalition” does not fare well in the EU election this Sunday. 
Politics 20-05-2019

#EU2019 – Though not a member, Serbia eyes EU polls carefully

EU candidate Serbia is carefully watching this week's European Parliament election as its result may impact Belgrade's progress towards EU membership. Though Brussels is not expected to abandon enlargement, the process is almost certain to slow down, at least this year.
Politics 17-05-2019

#EU2019 – Battle for deeply divided Poland crucial for EU elections

Extreme polarisation and sensitive domestic issues - from the rule of law to the role of the Church and a recent paedophile scandal - will play a key role in the upcoming EU elections in Poland, likely to see a much higher turnout than in 2014. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Politics 17-05-2019

#EU2019 -Third time’s not the charm for EU’s newest member Croatia

Ever since Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, its membership has been so uneventful that it was almost invisible. Sadly, the same can be said for the EU's presence in Croatia.
EU Elections 2019 16-05-2019

#EU2019 – In Slovenia, it’s Liberals against the EPP

In Slovenia, the main story these days is not the European Parliament election campaign. It's Italy and cycling.
Politics 15-05-2019

#EU2019 – Spain aims for EU comeback after the elections

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has made it clear: there is no doubt that the EU's fifth largest economy wants to play a “key role” in the next European Commission and increase its influence in the EU decision-making process.
Politics 10-05-2019

#EU2019 – EU election campaign leaves French people indifferent

No less than 33 election lists are taking part in the EU elections in France on 26 May. But that does not mean French people are highly mobilised for the vote, even though their president is an ardent defender of Europe.
Politics 09-05-2019

#EU2019 – UK shapes up for Farage vs Remain battle in Brexit proxy poll

The UK was not supposed to contest this month’s European elections, but Theresa May’s government finally bowed to the inevitable on Tuesday (8 May), conceding that the legislation needed to formalise Brexit will not have been passed by UK lawmakers before May 23.

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