About: Graham Watson

Brexit 19-11-2015

Watson: Cameron will never get a ‘British’ Europe

David Cameron seems to believe he can have a 'British Europe', but we will never get it any more than the French or the Germans will get a French or a German Europe. Europe is by nature a compromise, said outgoing ALDE party President Graham Watson.
Elections 05-05-2015

Sir Graham Watson: I’m trying to lay the basis of a supranational party

ALDE is the first political family in the EU to offer individual party membership, as an important step in the development of the European Liberal Democrats from a network of parties, into a fully-fledged European party.
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EU Priorities 2020 18-12-2014

Open minded politicians redefine liberalism in Lisbon

At the 2014 Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, delegates from across Europe, from ALDE Party member parties and individual members, looked outward and explored the ideological maps of Liberalism to find new ways of taking forward our ideas and values.
EU Elections 2014 04-06-2014

High-profile ‘casualties’ in European Parliament elections

Many high-profile MEPs have been re-elected, but a significant number of them have been less lucky and have failed in their attempt to enter the new European Parliament. The EURACTIV network reports about the most prominent election casualties.
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EU Elections 2014 17-01-2014

ALDE Party Congress 2013

The ALDE Party has closed its 34th and most successful annual Congress, held this year in London, between 28 and 30 November 2013.   A thousand delegates from across the European continent gathered in the British capital's iconic Canary Wharf complex in the heart of the business district to hear keynote speeches by party personalities, participate in fringe meetings and elect a new Bureau.   ALDE is also the first European political party to adopt its manifesto for the 2014 elections -- with delegates voting over
EU Elections 2014 02-12-2013

Elections 2014: Liberals vow to stand-up for Europe, keep UK ‘in’

Gathering in London for a three-day Congress over the weekend (28-30 November) to set the tone for the European election campaign, European liberal democrats have promised to crusade against the "cheap" populists and stand up for a united Europe, with the UK ‘in’.
EU Elections 2014 28-11-2013

Watson: New drivers for more EU integration will come from outside the Union

The drive for further European integration is not coming from within, it is coming from what is happening in the world outside, from the centripetal forces of globalisation, said European liberals leader Graham Watson, lamenting the lack of vision of European leaders today.
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Economy & Jobs 15-07-2013

Growth in Times of Austerity: What measures to help businesses grow?

Eurostat data is still showing debt in many Eurozone countries despite severe budget cuts and tax increases. Economic growth is a continued challenge with annual GDP growth now forecast at -0.1% in the EU and -0.4% in the euro area. For 2014, economic activity is projected to expand by just 1.4% in the EU and 1.2 % in the euro area.
Elections 08-05-2013

European liberal leader spells out concerns for 2014 elections

The European Union should brace for “chaos” after the European elections a year from now if the surprise victories by renegade, anti-EU parties in recent Italian and British elections are any sign of what is to come, European liberal leader Graham Watson said.
Brexit 06-05-2013

The best way to reform the EU is for all countries to do it together

The European Union needs reform, and the best way to achieve it is with Britain's participation, argues British MEP Graham Watson. 
Brexit 12-04-2013

UK liberals, Tories find common ground in EU membership clash

Leaders of the British liberals and conservatives in the European Parliament, meeting head-to-head at a Brussels debate, found common ground amid a philosophical clash over the UK's membership of the EU.
Central Europe 15-03-2013

Graham Watson: Orbán ‘enjoys playing the bad boy in the class’

European political parties must act responsibly and not give cover for members of their own political parties, British MEP Graham Watson, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, tells EURACTIV.
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Future EU 07-02-2013

Parliament debates state of democracy in Bulgaria

The European Parliament debated for nearly two hours yesterday (6 February) the state of democracy in Bulgaria, a country described as the "weak link" in the EU and a threat to European values across the continent.
Brexit 18-01-2013

From Costa del Crime to Crimeshire, Cameron is walking on thin ice

To be or not be in the EU has changed since Britain has joined the bloc in 1973. The challenges governments face - climate change, organised crime, staying competitive in a changing world economy - are global. And the EU is their best bet of taking those challenges head on, writes British MEP Graham Watson.
Elections 29-11-2011

Sir Graham Watson to lead Europe’s liberals

ELDR, the European liberal political family comprising 55 national liberal and liberal-democratic parties across Europe, elected MEP Sir Graham Watson as its leader for the next two years. EURACTIV Italy contributed to this article.
Global Europe 09-05-2011

MEP: EU-India FTA should not lead to a race to the bottom

The Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between India and the EU must be accompanied by a clear commitment to respect international social and environmental standards, according to Graham Watson, chair of the European Parliament's delegation on EU-India relations, which has a say on trade deals.
EU Priorities 2020 20-03-2009

ALDE chief: No EU-US ideological division over crisis response

The fact that the economies of the US and EU countries are at different stages of recession explains their differences over how to respond to the crisis, Graham Watson, leader of the European Liberal Democrats group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Med & South 01-09-2008

ALDE chief: Only the EU can be a peace broker in Georgia

The EU is in a unique position and now needs to follow up on its six-point ceasefire plan in the Georgia conflict, perhaps by setting up a task force, according to Graham Watson, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), speaking to EURACTIV in an interview.

ALDE chief: Lisbon Strategy musn’t fall victim to treaty crisis

The EU is running the risk of putting its growth and jobs efforts on the backburner over the rescue mission for the Lisbon Treaty, British MEP Graham Watson, the leader of the ALDE faction in the European Parliament, warned in an interview with EURACTIV.