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EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Five future French MEPs on ‘reserve list’ in case of Brexit

While waiting for Brexit to happen, France has set up a mechanism to redistribute seats currently reserved for UK MEPs. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 14-05-2019

Macron’s party presents election programme in Berlin

Two weeks before the European elections, Emmanuel Macron’s  La Republique en Marche (LREM) party published its election programme and is now attempting to mobilise pro-European voters, including those in Berlin. EURACTIV German reports.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

Why the European Parliament’s election video is going viral

It is customary for the European Parliament to produce a video to incite people to go vote in the European elections. The shocking and emotional video for the 2019 elections has already been watched by one out of five Europeans. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 09-05-2019

Farmers launch rallying cry for European elections

"Vote for our future". Copa-Cogeca, the European umbrella organisation of farmers and cooperatives, called on all farmers to vote in the upcoming European elections, spelling out its demands for Europe's future agricultural policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 08-05-2019

French socialists cast off Timmermans as EU election candidate

The joint list of the French Socialist Party and the leftist Place publique party is differentiating itself from the Party of European Socialists (PES) by insisting on ecological issues. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

The impact of UK MEPs on the European Parliament

The UK's unexpected participation in this month's European elections means that British MEPs could become important once more, even if their mandate only lasts a few months, writes Dr Simon Usherwood.
Economy & Jobs 06-05-2019

Better learners can become active citizens, education professionals insist

Advocating for more and better education is the only way to promote values such as democratic participation, human rights, and the rule of law, the head of a European higher education association has told an event at the European Parliament in Brussels.
EU Elections 2019 03-05-2019

Pro-European candidates for EU election identify Council as the ‘common enemy’

An oddly uncontroversial debate between the lead candidates of the four major pro-European political families at this month's EU elections took place in Florence on Thursday (2 May).
EU Elections 2019 02-05-2019

Orban says Salvini is the most important politician in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the European Parliament's main centre-right group must forge an alliance with populist, nationalist groups after impending EU elections, receiving a swift rebuke from Germany's conservative leader.
EU Elections 2019 25-04-2019

Less than half of Brits, Czechs and Italians would vote to remain in the EU

If a referendum on EU membership were held across the bloc today, a majority in favour of remaining would be impossible to reach in the UK, Czech Republic and Italy, according to the latest Eurobarometer released by the European Parliament on Thursday (25 April).
EU Elections 2019 25-04-2019

Fact-check: Could Macron form own political group in next Parliament?

As the European elections are approaching, EURACTIV takes a closer look at what candidates and their parties are saying ahead of the polls to help you separate facts from fiction. With his Renaissance list, France’s Emmanuel Macron aims to shake up...
EU Elections 2019 24-04-2019

French student praises eye-opening trip to Strasbourg

A month before the European elections, EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France offered subscribers the opportunity to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg and meet 13 MEPs. The trip helped one student conclude that she and her peers know very little about how the EU works and how useful it is. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

Social security reform postponed until next European Parliament

Deep divisions among MEPs made it clear on Thursday (19 April) that the social security coordination directive, aimed at enforcing the rights of mobile workers, would be postponed for the next European Parliament, after May's EU elections.

EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto

MEPs signed-off a deal establishing the multi-billion European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (18 April), giving up parliamentary oversight of the EU's military subsidies programme.
Banking union 18-04-2019

EU states force clearing of Estonian, Danish regulators over Danske Bank

National banking supervisors who control the EU banking watchdog effectively forced it to clear financial regulators in Estonia and Denmark, who were investigated in relation to suspected money laundering activities by Danske Bank, a member of the European parliament said on Wednesday (17 April).
Global Europe 18-04-2019

Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

EU officials on Wednesday (17 April) accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.

Letters reveal Parliament split ahead of European Defence Fund vote

Ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote on the European Defence Fund (EDF) on Thursday (17 April), MEPs are at odds over the issue of parliamentary scrutiny, internal communication seen by EURACTIV suggests.
Energy 15-04-2019

Claude Turmes: ‘We won the Energy Transition Fund’

The Energy Transition Fund called for by the European Parliament is more than just a pot of money to support coal-dependent regions, says Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s minister for energy and spatial planning.
EU Elections 2019 12-04-2019

Over a Coffee with Jan Zahradil lead candidate for the ECR

With the European Elections just around the corner the ECR candidate lays out ECR's vision for the future of Europe as well as possible collaborations with Salvini and Orban.
Economy & Jobs 11-04-2019

‘Neoliberal monster’: Germans urge EU to shake off its bad image

As many as 78% of Germans say economic inequality between EU member states damages Germany. And two-thirds consider a need for EU reform, with a greater focus on social issues, according to a new survey. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 10-04-2019

Make Europe more local, municipal leaders tell aspiring MEPs

Representatives of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) met with aspiring members of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (9 April) to discuss their priorities ahead of the upcoming European elections. 
Economy & Jobs 05-04-2019

EU lawmakers give green light to strengthening parents and carers’ rights

The European Parliament backed on Thursday (4 April) the work-life balance directive, which introduces a set of minimum standards to help reconcile work and family responsibilities for parents and carers in Europe, and thus improve gender equality. 
EU Elections 2019 04-04-2019

AfD chief doubts ‘patriotic alliance’ could be formed in next European Parliament

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD)'s chief candidate for European elections, Joerg Meuthen, expects big gains for nationalist parties but thinks they will have trouble forming a united front to advance an agenda.
EU Elections 2019 03-04-2019

‘Planning the world seven years in advance is absurd’, says EP vice-president

Rising populism and anti-EU sentiment mean the May elections are being portrayed as a “fateful election for Europe”. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Rainer Wieland from the German Christian Democrat Union (CDU) about populists, fair taxes, ‘gilets jaunes’ and citizen consultations.

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