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Future EU 17-04-2018

Juncker’s Commission on thin ice as MEPs take it out on Selmayr

In a surprising turn of events, the European Parliament's powerful Budget control committee prepared the ground for a vote in plenary tomorrow (18 April) that could deal a huge blow to the Juncker Commission.
Elections 10-04-2018

En Marche aiming to take out the EPP

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE group and Belgium's former prime minister, took part in the launch of the Grand March for Europe in Brussels, whose aim is to listen to citizens but also to challenge traditional European political groups. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 06-04-2018

Commission: Selmayr was ‘obvious choice’

The European Commission has this week published 84 pages of replies to MEPs’ questions about Martin Selmayr’s controversial promotion to the top civil servant post in the Commission. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 26-03-2018

Commission defends controversial Selmayr promotion

The European Commission on Sunday (25 March) insisted the controversial promotion of President Jean-Claude Juncker's top aide was "in full compliance" with rules, and not even a promotion, despite a growing cronyism row.
Future EU 21-12-2017

Reality catches up with Macron’s projects of European democracy

Citizen consultations, transnational lists: France is trying to carry out Macron’s project for Europe but ambition has been scaled down. EURACTIV France reports.
Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.
Elections 29-03-2017

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas.
Global Europe 25-01-2017

Trump will be a gift to Europe’s lost unity

The presidency of Donald J. Trump is going to be a gift to Europe’s troubled and divided policymakers, even though it comes in a package labelled ‘Handle with Care’ and ‘Danger’, writes Giles Merritt.
Public Affairs 24-11-2016

After Barroso row, Juncker proposes tighter EU ethics rules

The European Commission proposed yesterday (23 November) lengthening the period of time its own former leaders must wait before taking up new jobs, following public uproar over its last president going to work for Goldman Sachs.
Elections 30-08-2016

European elections: national lists, European parties?

Pro-European circles generally believe that only transnational lists can make elections to the European Parliament more European. But the proposal is unlikely ever to be accepted by the Council. Pierre Jouvenat considers an alternative.
Global Europe 13-06-2016

Without citizens’ support, EU falls pray to populists and Russian influence

The European project as it stands now is not based on the broad consensus of the European public, and that’s why populists and Russian propaganda are so successful, writes Tomáš Zdechovský .
EU Priorities 2020 21-04-2016

Under Martin Schulz, the Parliament has become the ’29th member state’

The president of the European Parliament will not say whether he plans to stay in his position in 2017. The German Chancellor may prefer to keep him in Brussels, at arm’s length. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 17-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: EPP is third largest party at EU summits

As EU leaders gather today (17 March) for yet another summit, trying to fix the migrant crisis, successive elections in member countries have dwarfed the largest political force in the EU following the 2014 European elections. The European Peoples’ Party, who is the largest in the European Parliament with 251 MEPs out of the total of 751, is now the third force, by the number of its heads of state and government sitting at the summits. The most influential leader of the EPP is without any doubt the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Socialists and Democrats, who have 190 MEPs, are now the number one force at summits. But perhaps more surprisingly, the liberals, who have only 70 MEPs in the European Parliament and are the fourth largest political group there, are now the second largest force at EU summits.
Elections 26-11-2015

An EU-wide constituency: Be careful what you wish for!

Calls have been made for the structure of the European elections to be altered. But the ramifications of such a move could have a huge impact on EU politics, writes Nicholas Whyte.
Elections 13-11-2015

European elections reform backed by MEPs from three groups only

Only MEPs from the EPP, the Socialists & Democrats, and ALDE have voted in favour of making the next European elections more “European”, according to a study published by VoteWatch Europe yesterday (12 November).
Euro & Finance 28-08-2015

Towards a European Commission with fewer competencies for more power?

Fabian Willermain argues that turning the Commission into an elected and accountable European government would both legitimise the institution in the eyes of the citizens and take some powers out of the executive’s hands.
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.
Elections 16-06-2015

Le Pen’s new EU Parliament group to scoop €17.5 million of public money

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front, will today (16 June) announce the creation of Europe of Nations and Freedoms, a new far-right European Parliament group that will qualify for up to €17.5 million of EU money over the next four years.
TellEurope Presidential Debate Brussels, 15 May 2014. Organised by EBU, hosted at the European Parliament. Candidates: Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Schulz, Guy Verhofstadt, Ska Keller, Alexis Tsipras
Elections 04-06-2015

European Primary Elections: Step it up, ahead of 2019

Now is the time to start the debate on how to better organise the 2019 European primary elections and Spitzenkandidaten system, especially in light of the forthcoming European political party congresses later this year, argue Dan Luca and Dominique Ostyn.
Elections 18-03-2015

National Front undermines French influence in Brussels

The meteoric rise of the French National Front in the 2014 elections has further undermined France's ailing influence in the European Parliament, according to a report by the Schuman Foundation. The French positions in the Council and the Commission have not deteriorated to the same extent. EURACTIV France reports
Elections 12-03-2015

Bratušek faces Slovenian court for nominating herself a candidate for Commissioner

Slovenian police raided the home of ex-prime minister Alenka Bratušek yesterday (11 March) in search of evidence that she might have abused her position when her cabinet nominated her last year as a candidate for European commissioner.
Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
Brexit 03-12-2014

MEPs face loss of legitimacy if they fail parliamentary reform

If the European Union lacks somewhat in terms of popular legitimacy, the electoral procedure of the European Parliament must have something to do with it. Fortunately, Parliament is itself responsible for initiating electoral reform, although like all parliaments it must overcome the vested interests of serving deputies that provide an in-built bias towards the status quo, writes Andrew Duff.
EU Elections 2014 01-07-2014

Schulz re-elected Parliament president, but ‘this time will be different’

In a vote widely expected, MEPs have re-elected Martin Schulz as president of the European Parliament, but with the large number of eurosceptic voices in the new assembly, the German socialist will need to refine his strategic leadership.
Miguel Arias Cañete
EU Elections 2014 30-06-2014

Spain aims at ‘important’ commissioner portfolio

The Spanish government wants to have an important portfolio in the next European Commission. Although it seemed that candidate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete would aim at Agriculture, because of his background, it is also possible that he or another candidate would take an economic portfolio. EURACTIV Spain reports.