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MEPs push to give EU prosecutor job to Kövesi on 27 March

Bucharest appears to be deliberately delaying the nomination of the EU's first-ever prosecutor general, fearing the Romanian candidate, Laura Codruta Kövesi, is well positioned to get the job, reports Dan Alexe, a blogger at EUelectionsRomania.com.
Future EU 20-03-2019

Europe’s democratic challenge: in search of government

Europe is about democracy. We cherish democracy in our national institutions by ensuring a healthy separation of powers, by fighting for free and fair elections, and by combining the rule of the majority with the protection of the minority, write Louis Drounau and Andrew Duff.
Brexit 15-03-2019

EU warns Brexit extension cannot be taken for granted

The European Union executive said on Thursday (14 March) Britain will have to justify any request to postpone Brexit beyond the end of this month and that EU leaders would put a priority on avoiding disrupting EU institutions in considering it.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2019

Parliament rejects opening trade talks with Trump

The European Parliament failed to pass a resolution on Thursday (14 March) supporting the start of negotiations with the US on removing tariffs for industrial goods, worsening the prospects of de-escalating trade tensions between Brussels and Washington.
EU Elections 2019 11-03-2019

A new political group to change Europe

Italy’s Five Star Movement aims to build a new, post-ideological group within the next European Parliament to get the EU back on track, proposing more direct democracy tools and deep reform of the Eurozone, with a strong focus on growth, environmental protection and youth unemployment, writes Fabio Massimo Castaldo.

Romania indicts Kövesi for a second time while MEPs back her for EU prosecutor

The European Parliament officially backed Romanian magistrate Laura Codruța Kövesi to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor on Thursday (7 March), while in Bucharest, she was summoned to court and indicted for a second time.
Energy 07-03-2019

Think tank calls for new EU administrative bodies to accelerate energy transition

The EU should establish two new administrative bodies to speed up energy transition, one in the Parliament and one in the Commission, influential Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende said on Thursday (7 March) while presenting its ten priority measures for the EU institutions.
EU Elections 2019 07-03-2019

Spanish far-right joins Orban in his defence of the Europe of nations

The Secretary-General of Spanish far-right party Vox defended the need to safeguard Europe by defending its nations face to “Merkel, Macron and Soros’ globalism” during an event in the European Parliament on Wednesday (6 March).
EU Elections 2019 27-02-2019

Kovesi tells MEPs: I know you received negative information about me

Laura Codruţa Kövesi, the former chief of Romania’s anti-corruption agency (DNA) who is one of the three shortlisted candidates to become the EU's first-ever chief prosecutor, emerged as the favourite after a hearing in the European Parliament on Tuesday (26 February).

Parliament to audition the three candidates for EU chief prosecutor

MEPs from the relevant European Parliament Committees will audition on Tuesday (26 February) the three candidates for the position of the first-ever chief prosecutor of the European Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).
EU Elections 2019 26-02-2019

Daughter of Putin’s spokesman works as intern to French eurosceptic MEP

A daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman is working as an intern with a deputy on the European Parliament's security and defence sub-committee, the French MEP told AFP Monday (25 February).

EU Parliament turf war risks derailing 2050 climate planning

A dispute between two European Parliament committees threatens to tarnish a debate about the EU’s climate plans for 2050, after MEPs backed two separate resolutions on the European Commission’s strategy.
Global Europe 18-02-2019

MEPs invited by Venezuela’s Guaidó barred from entering

Venezuela's government on Sunday (17 February) blocked five European lawmakers from entering the country, triggering an angry response by opposition leader Juan Guaidó who had invited the delegation.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Europe strengthens monitoring of foreign investment

The European Parliament approved on Thursday (14 February) the proposal to screen foreign investment at EU level, clearing the path for closer monitoring of third country companies willing to invest in EU’s critical sectors.
EU Elections 2019 14-02-2019

Over a Coffee with Ska Keller and Bas Eickhout, lead candidates for the Greens

Ska Keller and Bas Eickhout, lead candidates in the European Elections for the Greens meet with EURACTIV’s Brian Maguire over a coffee to talk about the upcoming EU elections.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Don’t link EU regional funds with budget deficit rules, Parliament insists

EU lawmakers rejected on Wednesday (13 February) a controversial proposal by the European Commission to make payments of cohesion funds conditional to the observation of country-specific recommendations on economic reforms. 
EU Elections 2019 12-02-2019

Slovenia accuses Tajani, Salvini of World War II revisionism

Slovenia accused European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of historical revisionism Monday (11 February) over statements they made at a ceremony commemorating Italian victims of World War II massacres.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2019

How robotics will shape Europe – and the policy that will support it

Lawmakers need to focus on solving ethical questions and on the robotics technologies that will improve daily life, writes Eva Kaili.

European Defence Fund talks reveal rift over EU’s defence future

EU lawmakers failed to seal an agreement on the future of the European Defence Fund (EDF) despite a nine hour negotiation session last week.
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2019

EU needs ambitious Cohesion policy to achieve SDGs, socialists argue

Europe’s economic strategy should focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Cohesion policy is key in getting there, socialist groups in the European Parliament and in the Committee of the Regions said in an appeal launched on Thursday (7 February).
Politics 11-02-2019

Make lobbying in the EU truly transparent

The Commission is a good example of transparency for other institutions, such as the Parliament and the Council, Frans Timmermans writes.
Banking union 05-02-2019

Deutsche Bank goes on the defensive in hearing with EU lawmakers

Deutsche Bank's chief anti-financial crime officer dodged questions from exasperated MEPs during a European Parliament hearing on Monday (4 February), amid reports of the German lender's involvement in a major money laundering case. 
Economy & Jobs 04-02-2019

Let’s make posted workers feel really secure

Marek Benio, who will chair the 6th European Labour Mobility Congress in Krakow on 14-15 March, offers his commentary regarding the European Parliament's proposals for the revision of regulations affecting social security schemes for posted workers.
Politics 01-02-2019

The Brief – Shilly-shally socialists versus monolithic right?

With 439 votes in favour, 104 against and 88 abstentions, the European Parliament recognised earlier this week (31 January) the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of the Latin country.

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