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.
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?
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.
Use of Twitter hashtag #EUdebate2014 during Maastricht debate [EURACTIV]
Digital & Media 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’.
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).
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.
Elections 17-10-2013

Youth unemployment campaign hits European Parliament

MEPs are being assailed by campaigners from the European Youth Forum (YFJ), who are running around the European Parliament demanding that they sign a list of 11 pledges on issues from education to implementing to a youth job guarantee scheme.
Elections 14-10-2013

Van Rompuy scorns direct election of Commission president

Having public candidates for the Commission presidency during the next EU elections is not the panacea for Europe’s credibility woes, says European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
Future EU 12-09-2012

European political parties to get higher profile

The Commission will propose today (12 September) an initiative giving European political parties and foundations new EU legal status aimed at boosting their visibility across member states ahead of the next European elections.