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  • Spinelli Group seeks supporters to boost federalism

    Future EU 16-09-2010

    Prominent MEPs yesterday (15 September) launched the Spinelli Group, presented as a network aimed at overcoming nationalism and promoting federalism across Europe. They invited citizens to join the circle, making clear it was not a political party.

  • Grassroots socialists push for EU election primaries

    Elections 26-08-2010

    Grassroots socialists across Europe are pushing for primaries to be held ahead of European elections, by means of blogging and web campaigns, with the ultimate goal of identifying a leftist leader capable of becoming the next European Commission president, EURACTIV has learned.

  • Buzek suggests electing EU commissioners

    Public Affairs 23-03-2010

    Jerzy Buzek, the Polish president of the European Parliament, has suggested that future EU commissioners should compete in Europe-wide elections to get a "democratic mandate".

  • EU’s 18 ‘phantom’ MEPs remain in the shadows

    Future EU 10-02-2010

    18 additional MEPs are set to join the ranks of the European Parliament this year following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. But disagreements persist over the selection process at national level.

  • France to pick ‘phantom MEPs’ from parliament

    Future EU 03-12-2009

    French Prime Minister François Fillon asked the president of the National Assembly, the country's parliament, on Monday (30 November) to send two members to Strasbourg, one from the majority and one from the opposition, to avoid "useless controversies" over the identity of the extra MEP seats created by the Lisbon Treaty. EURACTIV France contributed to this article.

  • Phantom MEPs cause political ‘nightmare’

    Public Affairs 06-11-2009

    The increase in the number of lawmakers in the European Parliament, prompted by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, is causing major headaches across the EU, with massive uncertainty surrounding the timing of the 18 new MEPs taking office.

  • Extreme-right seeks European unity, again

    Central Europe 29-10-2009

    Another attempt to establish a pan-European extreme-right party was made in Budapest last weekend (24-25 October) by extremist forces from a variety of European countries, targeting better representation in the European Parliament. EURACTIV Hungary contributed to this article.

  • Barroso’s ‘pro-EU majority’ stumbles on Socialists

    Future EU 11-09-2009

    The European Parliament has come a step closer to backing José Manuel Barroso's bid for a second consecutive term at the European Commission's helm, it emerged yesterday (10 September). But Socialist and Green opposition to his re-appointment means there will be no "pro-European majority" behind him.

  • Socialists grill Barroso, request EU foreign job

    Future EU 10-09-2009

    The Socialists in the European Parliament yesterday (9 September) insisted on obtaining the EU foreign affairs minister job envisaged under the draft Lisbon Treaty before supporting José Manuel Barroso's bid for a second term as Commission president.

  • Liberals and Greens disagree on Barroso

    Future EU 10-09-2009

    Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Liberal group in the European Parliament, has thrown his weight behind José Manuel Barroso's bid for a second term at the head of the European Commission. The Greens, meanwhile, continue to firmly oppose the former Portuguese prime minister.

  • Socialists fear being sidelined in new Commission

    Future EU 09-09-2009

    With most EU governments dominated by centre-right parties, European Socialists fear they will be under-represented in the next EU executive, sources told EURACTIV.

  • SPD limousine crashes into German election campaign

    Elections 31-07-2009

    Campaigning for September's national elections in Germany has not officially begun yet. But public outrage that has been raging since a government minister's limousine was stolen during a holiday in Spain has already devastated the Social Democratic Party. EURACTIV Germany reports.