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Future EU 10-07-2019

Von der Leyen endures day of grilling by MEPs ahead of confirmation vote

German nominee for Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, continued her charm offensive with European political families on Wednesday (10 July), as MEPs tried hard to pin her down on climate protection, rule of law and reform of the bloc's institutional structures.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Traditional French parties experience defeat

The two main political groups in the European Parliament are losing ground but will remain the powerhouses in the new assembly. However, the traditional political forces on both the right and the left collapsed in France during the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 21-05-2019

Manfred Weber, a late convert to environmentalism

Despite his Christian convictions, the lead candidate for the European People’s Party (EPP) at this week’s EU elections has remained remarkably silent on defining environmental issues such as climate change before suddenly changing gear at the end of his campaign.
EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Why Manfred Weber will probably not be elected

It is unlikely that Manfred Weber will become President of the European Commission. This is also because Germany often acts as a 'blocker'. Gerd Appenzeller, from EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel, gives his opinion.
EU Elections 2019 25-03-2019

Orban in fresh anti-EU swipe after European suspension

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán again lashed out at “Brussels bureaucrats” Sunday (24 March), days after reaching a compromise with conservative allies in the European Parliament who were angered by an anti-EU billboard campaign. During a public radio interview Orbán accused the...
EU Elections 2019 06-03-2019

European Greens set conditions on EPP candidate Manfred Weber

The European Greens launched their electoral campaign on Wednesday (6 March) and set conditions for the European People’s Party (EPP) top candidate Manfred Weber, saying they would not be willing to talk to him "if he prefers leaning to the right". 
EU Elections 2019 09-01-2019

German EU veteran Brok slips off list for European elections

The CDU party in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has withdrawn support for its longest-serving MEP, Elmar Brok, who slipped off its list of candidates for the European elections in May after 39 years in the European Parliament. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 08-01-2019

Austria in starting blocks for European elections campaign

The European elections campaign began just one day after the end of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with a special guest. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 08-11-2018

Weber wins EPP Spitzenkandidat in landslide victory

German Manfred Weber was crowned Spitzenkandidat of the EPP, the European Parliament's largest party, on Thursday (8 November), after he swept to victory in a contest that saw ex-Finnish Prime minister Alexander Stubb win only 20% of the votes.
Climate change 23-10-2018

EU candidate Alex Stubb calls for net-zero carbon by 2045

Should he be picked as the European People's Party (EPP) lead candidate for the European Commission’s top job, Alexander Stubb vows to “work towards a carbon neutral Europe by 2045”. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
EU Elections 2019 22-10-2018

Stubb: Public support is one thing, casting votes another

Alexander Stubb, one of the EPP's two candidates to be the next European Commission president, has urged Greek and Cypriot conservatives to remember how he handled the financial crisis and make an “educated and personal” choice at the party’s congress next month.
EU Elections 2019 10-10-2018

Hungary’s Orbán thanks Greek far-right Golden Dawn for its support

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has formally thanked the Greek far-right Golden Dawn party for their support during last month's vote on the activation of Article 7 against Hungary in the European Parliament. The move is likely to cause new frictions in the European People's Party, Orbán's political home in the EU.
EU Elections 2019 28-09-2018

EPP: ‘Hysteria’ with Orbán seeks to divert attention from S&D, ALDE mess

Socialists and liberals are crying wolf about centre-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán because they want to cover up problems in their own political families, a European People’s Party (EPP) source told EURACTIV.com, in an indication that jockeying for positions ahead of 2019 European elections had truly begun.
Central Europe 11-06-2018

Poland’s ruling PiS party considers joining centre-right EPP

Politicians in Poland's ultra-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party are pushing to join the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) after next year's European elections. EURACTIV Poland's media partner, Gazeta Wyborcza, reports.
Elections 25-10-2017

Veteran French MEP Alain Lamassoure quits party

Alain Lamassoure, leader of the right-wing 'Les Républicains' delegation in the European Parliament, announced his resignation from the party on Tuesday evening (24 October), citing “a painful race to the most conservative right” after the party decided to exclude the Prime minister, Edouard Philippe, from its ranks.
Agrifood 04-09-2017

EPP says no ‘hasty’ CAP reform before 2024

EXCLUSIVE / The European People’s Party (EPP) believes Brussels must first settle the UK's departure from the European Union and set a stable post-Brexit financial framework “before triggering discussions on the future reform" of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Manfred Weber (EPP, centre-right) and Martin Schulz (S&D, socialist) [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 25-06-2014

Grand coalition accord draws near in EU Parliament

The leaders of the centre-right and socialist factions in the EU Parliament gathered on Tuesday (24 June) to discuss an accord on a number of issues that will dominate Europe’s political agenda in the next five years.
Newly elected EPP Chairman Manfred Weber promises EU citizens greater transparency. [EPP Group]
EU Elections 2014 04-06-2014

German MEP Manfred Weber elected as next EPP chairman

Ten days after the European elections, Lower Bavarian MEP Manfred Weber has been selected to serve as chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. The politician hails from the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), advocating that the party take an “aggressively pro-European” path. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Jean-Luc Dehaene [European Parliament]
15-05-2014

Former Belgian PM Dehaene (73) has died

The former Belgian prime minister and member of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), Jean-Luc Dehaene, has died of a fall while on holiday in France.
Elections 17-04-2014

Rogue candidate puts Bulgarian party at odds with EU allies

A controversial MEP candidate has put the Bulgarian Movement of Rights and Freedoms party at odds within its own Liberal group, and has antagonised its potential allies, the Socialists, and the centre-right European People’s Party.
Europe's East 07-03-2014

European centre-right leaders to declare Ukraine right to join EU

Ukraine may apply to become a member of the European Union, the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) is set to declare on Friday (7 March), according to a draft statement underscoring the determination of key European capitals to back the country trying to fend off Russian intervention.
EU Elections 2014 20-02-2014

Poll sees centre-left taking the lead in EU election race

The European Socialist political family is likely to win the most seats in EU Parliament elections in May, a survey showed on Wednesday (19 February), boosting the group's chances of also securing the presidency of the European Commission.
Elections 08-10-2013

Wilfried Martens hands over EPP presidency to Joseph Daul

After weeks of uncertainty following the hospitalisation of Wilfried Martens, the European People’s Party (EPP) announced that the former Belgian prime minister was handing over all responsibilities of his presidency to Joseph Daul, the EPP group chairman in the European Parliament. 

Spain’s Rajoy refuses to resign as graft scandal unfolds

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday (15 July) rejected calls to resign over a financing scandal in his ruling centre-right People's Party, saying he would not allow the matter to hold back his reform plans.

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