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Professor Christina Holtz-Bacha. [Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg]
EU Elections 2014 23-05-2014

Media expert: Falling voter participation caught in a vicious cycle

Across Europe, decreasing voter participation rates are seen as an indicator for falling public support of the European idea, but the two may not be so closely related, says Dr. Christina Holtz-Bacha.
EU Elections 2014 24-02-2014

EU Conservatives call single candidate election campaigns a ‘1950-style vision’

The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR) announced on Thursday (20 February) that they would not put forward a candidate for the European Commission presidency, calling the parties’ initiative for single candidates “an old 1950-style vision”.
Elections 08-11-2013

Greens select four candidates to run in primaries ahead of 2014 elections

Four Green MEPs are entering the race for two top positions in the EU elections campaign ahead of the vote in May 2014. 
Elections 15-10-2013

Pascal Lamy should lead European Commission, says Delors

Former European Commission President Jacques Delors has backed the former WTO Director General Pascal Lamy to succeed José Manuel Barroso as the head of the EU executive next year.
Elections 10-10-2013

Time to nominate real European candidates for the Parliament

Despite the expected low turnout in the European elections 2014, actions being taken are all but far-reaching, writes Lucille Rieux. 
Elections 11-09-2013

Think tanks: EU elections could get ‘pretty ugly’

The European Parliament launched its information campaign for the May 2014 elections with a promise that "this time, it’s different". EURACTIV  asked four of the continent's blue-sky thinkers whether it really is, and whether falling voter turnouts could be reversed if so.
Digital 15-11-2011

First Pirate MEP: We expect party to grow

Pirate parties in EU countries are expected to grow, because they address issues of high importance in the modern society that is based on digital information, Christian Engström, Swedish Pirate MEP, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview. 
Future EU 21-01-2010

MEPs bury the hatchet on new Commission

MEPs appear to have abandoned the quest for commissoners' scalps as political groups in the European Parliament are no longer asking for portfolio reshuffles, new auditions or the replacement of commissioners-designate, a roundup of opinions in Strasbourg revealed yesterday (20 January).
EU Priorities 2020 28-05-2009

2009 European party manifestos at a glance

EURACTIV provides an overview of the four main European parties' electoral manifestos, analysing their content and asking experts how they compare with previous efforts.
EU Priorities 2020 06-05-2009

New party: Trans-European politics will boost EU’s world power

Only with the proliferation of trans-European parties can we build the "strong and stable democracy" needed to see the EU achieve its potential as a "world power", Bart Kruitwagen, treasurer of the 'Newropeans' party, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the European elections.
EU Priorities 2020 06-05-2009

Trans-European politics ‘to boost EU’s world power’

Only with the proliferation of trans-European parties can we build the "strong and stable democracy" needed to see the EU achieve its potential as a "world power", Bart Kruitwagen, treasurer of the 'Newropeans' party, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the European elections.
EU Priorities 2020 06-04-2009

EU Democrats chief: ‘We could form a new group with Libertas’

The Euro-critical EU Democrats (EUD) could form a new European Parliament group with anti-Lisbon Treaty platform Libertas after the June elections, EUD President Sören Wibe told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 06-04-2009

EU Democrats mull new Parliament group with Libertas

The Euro-critical EU Democrats (EUD) could form a new European Parliament group with anti-Lisbon Treaty platform Libertas after the June elections, EUD President Sören Wibe told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 09-03-2009

UEN leader voices doubts over Fianna Fáil’s move to Liberals

Aligning his party's four MEPs to the European Liberals could weaken their ability to "deliver policy at a European level," Brian Crowley, leader in the European Parliament of both the Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) group and the Irish Fianna Fáil delegation, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 09-03-2009

UEN leader: ‘Nothing is decided yet’ on Fianna Fáil’s move to Liberals

Aligning his party's four MEPs to the European Liberals could weaken their ability to "deliver policy at a European level," Brian Crowley, leader in the European Parliament of both the Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) group and the Irish Fianna Fáil delegation, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 31-07-2008

Frassoni: European elections need ‘a big fight’

Parties need to base next year’s June European elections on real pan-European issues, and give each other “a big fight” to re-engage apathetic voters, Italian MEP Monica Frassoni, co-president of the Greens in Parliament told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 31-07-2008

Interview: EU needs ‘a big fight’ for 2009 election

Parties need to base next year’s June European elections on real pan-European issues, and give each other “a big fight” to re-engage apathetic voters, Italian MEP Monica Frassoni, co-president of the Greens in Parliament told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 30-11-2007

Parliament adopts party funding reform

MEPs have agreed on reform of European political party financing and the setting up of party-affiliated political foundations, paving the way for political campaigns designed to boost voter turnout ahead of the 2009 elections.
Future EU 21-02-2007

A chance for a new foundation of the EU

In this ZEI discussion paper, Professor Ludger Kühnhardt puts forward the idea that the current crisis of the EU could be a real chance for a new foundation of the EU to make it more appealing to its citizens.
EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2007

Parliament prepares for mid-term reshuffle

Halfway into its term, the Parliament prepares to vote on a new president, vice-presidents and committee chairs in a reshuffle that sees the far-right bolstered after Romania and Bulgaria's EU accession.
Public Affairs 18-09-2006

Analysis: European Political Parties – Towards a new democratic EU

In this article from the quarterly Integration  of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Jo Leinen describes both the challenges and the added value of European political parties for the European Union.
Elections 19-02-2003

EU Commission publishes plans for European party funding

The Commission published a draft regulation outlining the guidelines and statute for European parties on 19 February. Party representatives call for a more realistic assessment of their situation.

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