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  • MEP: Eurosceptics will not gain ground in EU elections

    EU Priorities 2020 27-01-2009

    One of the youngest MEPs in the European Parliament, German liberal Alexander Alvaro, told EURACTIV in an interview that Eurosceptics will try to gain ground at the European elections next June, but will not succeed "because in times of crisis, voters do not want to try new experiments". 

  • MEP: ‘Cameron will decide if we stay in the EPP’

    EU Priorities 2020 12-01-2009

    The UK Conservatives will increase their majority over Labour in June's European elections, and will abide by party leader David Cameron's decision on whether to pull the party out of the centre-right EPP-ED group after the ballot, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, leader of the Conservative delegation to the European Parliament, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Stetter: ‘Stop talking about institutions, start stating values’

    EU Priorities 2020 17-12-2008

    Ahead of next summer's European elections, politicians should adopt a different political discourse based on values to engage citizens in the European project, Ernst Stetter, secretary-general of the newly-launched Foundation for European Progressive Studies, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Lib Dem leader: Nothing beats face-to-face politics

    Public Affairs 15-12-2008

    UK Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg spoke to EURACTIV in an interview about his party's aim to knock on a million doors in the country ahead of next year's European elections. He also spoke of his belief that a return to face-to-face politics, combined with innovative campaign technologies, can combat growing political apathy among voters.

  • Schulz: ‘Socialists to lead EU Parliament in 2009’

    EU Priorities 2020 02-12-2008

    The fallout from the global financial crisis and divisions among European conservatives have given the Party of European Socialists (PES) a strong platform from which to become the European Parliament's largest group in elections next June, believes Martin Schulz MEP, the leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, who spoke to EURACTIV at the PES Congress in Madrid.

  • Van Staa: Regional parliaments to boost EU election turnout

    EU Priorities 2020 01-12-2008

    Regional parliaments will not stand still ahead of the EU elections, said Herwig van Staa, president of the conference of presidents of the regional legislative assemblies of Europe (CALRE). He spoke to EURACTIV about the initiatives planned by regional parliaments to engage with citizens in the run-up to the European poll.

  • Mayor: Europe ‘needs simple language’

    Public Affairs 27-11-2008

    The negative referendum on the EU Constitution in 2005 was a lesson learned for Ivo Opstelten, mayor of Rotterdam, who launched a citizens' initiative to put what Europe is all about into simple language. He spoke to EURACTIV about the scheme.

  • Minister: ‘Institutional limbo’ to overshadow 2009 elections

    EU Priorities 2020 18-11-2008

    The "institutional limbo" surrounding the Lisbon Treaty may lead to "new euroscepticism across Europe" during next year's European elections, according to Swedish EU Affairs Minister Cecilia Malmström.

  • ALDE chief: European Parliament needs ‘ideological coalition’

    EU Priorities 2020 06-11-2008

    An "ideological coalition", holding a majority in the European Parliament, should be formed after the EU elections in June 2009 to push forward a substantial package on the economy, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) leader Graham Watson told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Danish PM warns against ‘abuse’ of crisis

    EU Priorities 2020 04-11-2008

    Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants EU leaders to "stick to free market principles" and prevent those who are "trying to abuse the financial crisis" from introducing "protectionist measures" for domestic industries. He spoke to EURACTIV before his keynote address at the European Liberal Democrats' annual congress in Stockholm last week.

  • Irish MEP: Hold second Lisbon vote, with opt-outs

    EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2008

    Irish centre-right MEP Colm Burke (EPP) recently became the first Irish politician to propose a specific 'roadmap' for holding a second Lisbon referendum in Ireland. Discussing this plan and other issues in an interview with EURACTIV, Burke called for a multi-question referendum to be held in October 2009, allowing Irish citizens to vote on possible opt-outs from the Lisbon Treaty while also constituting a second ballot on the text itself.

  • Cohn-Bendit: New ‘Europe Ecologie’ list to lead French Greens

    Elections 22-10-2008

    Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the co-president of the Green group in the European Parliament, shared his views on the forthcoming European elections with EURACTIV France, unveiling "Europe Ecologie", a new movement launched together with radical farmer and peasant leader José Bové.