About: European political parties

Future EU 30-03-2018

2019 European elections: Is the ‘Italian situation’ a harbinger for next May?

The 2019 European elections are already casting a shadow. In the political circles of Brussels and Strasbourg, there are fears that the 'Italian situation' could spread. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 30-03-2018

Europe En Marche says “not compatible” with Italian 5 Star Movement

The Italian press reported that France's Europe En Marche was reaching out to the 5 Star Movement. This was then clearly refuted by En Marche.
EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2017

Duff : Is the European Parliament really a serious parliament?

Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. Today, circumstances have thrown it a golden opportunity to take another major step – but it looks as though MEPs are going to retreat again, argues Andrew Duff.
EU Primary elections 2019
Future EU 22-03-2016

Financing the EU primary elections 2019

Leading EU think tanks and European Political Parties came together to present their ideas regarding the financing of the European primary elections ahead of the next round in 2019.
EU Priorities 2020 16-03-2015

The case for common rules for EU democracy

The initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs to reform the outdated European electoral law is a positive move. A reform of the European electoral system and the rules governing the European parties is necessary to strengthen the link between the European parties and the European public, writes Bernd Hüttemann.
Daniel Hannan and Syed Kamall, leading Conservative MEPs [European Parliament]
EU Elections 2014 05-06-2014

Cameron’s group challenges liberals as kingmakers in new Parliament

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) this week welcomed several new member parties that could make it the European Parliament's third largest group while weakening its rivals. But what will the group look like?
Fredrik Erixon [ECIPE]
EU Elections 2014 30-05-2014

After the election – business as usual

In a strange kind of way, the result of last weekend’s elections is “business as usual”. Ideas to strengthen the role of the European Parliament will be moderated and new, eurosceptic voices will have difficulty exercising any influence, writes Fredrik Erixon.
Marine Le Pen & Nigel Farage [Global Panorama/Flickr; European Parliament/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 29-05-2014

Le Pen and Farage battle for partners to form group

Marine Le Pen held a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday (28 May) to sketch out the parties that will join her future faction in the EU Parliament. But Le Pen faces competition from Nigel Farage’s EFD group to reach the threshold of member parties.
Marine Le Pen (FN) & Geert Wilders (PVV)
EU Elections 2014 28-05-2014

Future of Le Pen-Wilders alliance still uncertain

Far-right parties including the Front National and Dutch Freedom Party met on Wednesday (28 May) to discuss forming a new group in the European Parliament.
Marley Morris
EU Elections 2014 15-05-2014

Researcher: Eurosceptic alliance bears inherent risk of collapse

Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and other far-right Eurosceptics are campaigning to get their ‘European Alliance for Freedom’ group off the ground in the next EU Parliament. But major differences remain, which could cause the group to collapse in the long term, Marley Morris says.
Pietro De Matteis [Stand Up for Europe]
EU Elections 2014 06-05-2014

Federalist candidate: It’s not about immigration, it’s about mobility

The European Federalist Party will run in seven EU member states in the EU elections. Candidate Pietro De Matteis urges to put a federal Europe up to a vote, as “national parties no longer have the tools to do what they promise to the people”.
Use of Twitter hashtag #EUdebate2014 during Maastricht debate [EURACTIV]
Digital 30-04-2014

Twitter wins at Maastricht presidential debate

Even though the first presidential debate in Maastricht on Monday (28 April) did not produce a clear winner, Twitter has shown it can play a prominent role in the EU election campaign.
Delegates of the European People's Party at the electoral congress in Dublin, March 2014 [EPP]
Future EU 16-04-2014

Parliament agrees on new rules to beef up EU parties

A reform of the European political parties, adopted by Parliament on Wednesday (16 April), will allow for more flexible funding and ‘enhance their European character’.
Brexit 21-03-2014

Labour denies report of European socialist party walkout

The British Labour party described as "complete nonsense" allegations that they would leave the Party of European Socialists (PES) over their opposition to Martin Schulz, the PES' top candidate for May's EU elections.
Elections 19-03-2014

Parliament wants tougher funding rules for EU political parties

The EU Parliament has put new rules in the pipeline on Tuesday (18 March) aimed at increasing funding transparency of pan-European political parties. The rules bar parties from receiving funding if they don’t respect EU values.
EU Elections 2014 07-03-2014

Juncker beats rival in centre-right race for EU presidency

The European People’s Party (EPP) nominated Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday (7 March) as its candidate to lead the EU election campaign and become the next president of the European Commission.
Future EU 07-03-2014

Centre-right honours late president Martens, renames think-tank

The European People’s Party (EPP) paid tribute to its former president, the late Wilfried Martens, at its party congress in Dublin yesterday (6 March). Praising his legacy, the party announced it would rename its foundation the ‘Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies’.
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06-03-2014

Juncker speaks about his candidancy for EU’s top job

As the EPP’s electoral congress in Dublin gains pace, Jean-Claude Juncker is the favourite to become the party’s candidate for the EU Commission presidency. 'I want this job because I was becoming increasingly angry that the European Union appears to be divided in two parts, the so-called virtuous countries and the weaker countries. We had enough walls in Europe. I'm against this division between big and small member states.' Juncker said.
EU Elections 2014 06-03-2014

Televised ‘showdown’ between EU election candidates on hold

The idea of organising a televised 'presidential showdown' between the two leading candidates in the European election campaign is up in the air, as EU parties fail to agree over the format.
Elections 03-03-2014

Barnier takes on Juncker for EU Commission job

French EU Commissioner Michel Barnier filed his candidacy on Friday (28 February) to become the European People’s Party’s candidate for the European Commission presidency, in a race that will be decided at the EPP congress later this week. EURACTIV France contributed to this report.
EU Elections 2014 26-02-2014

Officials seek greater EU election turnout with televised ‘presidential debate’

EXCLUSIVE / EU political parties are planning a televised face-off between the two frontrunners for the European Commission presidency just two days before the 2014 EU parliamentary elections open, EURACTIV has learned.
EU Elections 2014 24-02-2014

Greens present ‘Green New Deal’ at campaign convention

The European Green Party (EGP) gathered national members to adopt a common programme for the EU elections and motivate national sympathisers to fight negative polling results, in an electoral convention in Brussels on Saturday (22 February).
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Europe from left to right [Infographic]
EU Elections 2014 12-02-2014

Europe from left to right ahead of #EP2014

Across Europe, parties in government and opposition forces will rally support and lure voters on 22-25 May. With less than 100 days to go before the voters cast their ballot, EURACTIV presents an overview of where the balance of power lies in EU countries. Previous election results show that, when it comes to EU elections, parties in government are often punished by protest voters. Have a look at the coalition governments, single allegiance governments and where the balance lies across Europe’s map.
Elections 21-10-2013

EU parties line up for Brussels top job nomination

The campaign leaders of Europe's four main political parties have pledged to "put a face" on next year's European election by designating their own candidates for the European Commission presidency.

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