About: Guy Verhofstadt

Global Europe 14-02-2017

Farage disparages Muslim immigration, says Europeans agree

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage expressed anger at the European Union in a heated debate this morning (14 February). Farage stated that leaders are ignoring the true wishes of Europeans.
Nigel Farage
Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.
Guy Verhofstadt
Brexit 05-07-2016

Verhofstadt: ‘Only a woman is capable to manage a divided Tory party’

Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday (5th July), ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt said that “the last man standing in Britain will be a woman.”

MEPs debate migrant crisis after Juncker’s State of the Union address

On Wednesday (9 September), MEPs held a heated debate on how to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his first ever State of the Union Speech in Strasbourg.
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2015

Verhofstadt to Tsipras: ‘Show that you are a real leader, not a false prophet!’

“I am angry because you are talking about reforms, but we never see concrete proposals,” ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt said during a plenary session in Strasbourg.
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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.
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26-05-2014

Verhofstadt: Non-candidate Commission president ‘unthinkable’

ALDE leader and candidate for the European Commission presidency Guy Verhofstadt said on Sunday that ‘It is unthinkable and we shall not give our votes in the Parliament to someone outside the candidates’.
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16-05-2014

Top EU job rivals hold last TV debate before election

Candidates for the Presidency of the next European Commission held the last televised debate on Thursday, before Europeans go to the polls next week.
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EU Priorities 2020 16-05-2014

Commission president candidates face off in last TV debate

In a multilingual debate, which turned into a fight about austerity, the candidates to become the next President of the European Commission on Thursday (15 May) showed the face of a not-so-divided, decidedly diverse Europe.
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EU Elections 2014 12-05-2014

Liberals and Democrats for Europe – What we stand for

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EU Elections 2014 21-02-2014

Guy Verhofstadt speaking to protesters in Maidan Square, Kiev

Guy Verhofstadt (Open VLD, Belgium), Liberal and Democrat Group Leader in the European Parliament, spoke to the protesters gathered in Maidan Square in Kiev about the sanctions EU put in place in order to stop the violence. Verhofstadt was the first of the EU leaders to address those fighting for democracy in Ukraine, after the violent clashes of the last few days. He travelled to Kiev together with ALDE Group Vice-President, Marielle De Sarnez (Modem, France) and Hans van Baalen (VVD, Holland), President of Liberal International.
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Europe's East 06-02-2014

MEPs call for sanctions against Ukraine

In a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, MEPs called for sanctions against the Ukrainian government.
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Economy & Jobs 30-01-2014

EP Best of 2013: main events and legislative work

Video highlights of the European Parliament's work throughout 2013, grouped by theme: More Europe, Legislative Work, Foreign Relations, and Education & Culture.   Comment on:  Google+ - http://tinyurl.com/orh99s6 Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/europeanparliament Twitter - https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN
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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
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Data protection 25-10-2013

MEPs urge EU leaders to suspend SWIFT agreement with US amid spying scandal

As EU leaders gather for a 2-day summit in Brussels, MEPs are demanding explanations over the allegations that the US have been spying on European head of state and have urged EU leaders to take action. 'I'm very disappointed about the weak attitude the Europeans again showed towards the US, tapping phone of Angela Merkel this is the top of all scandals information we have received, and the Europeans prefer still to play diplomacy, and refuse any strong reaction', said Green MEP Rebecca Harms.
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11-09-2013

MEPs debate after Barroso’s ‘State of the Union’ speech

European Parliament political leaders held a heated debate on Wednesday in the European Parliament after European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso delivered his 'State of the Union' speech. Barroso warned that political instability is the biggest risk to Europe's future and urged EU leaders to continue implementing reforms, as the bloc slowly leans towards economic recovery.
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Central Europe 03-07-2013

Viktor Orban angry at EU’s criticism of Hungary’s democratic values

In an unusual visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched a sharp attack on MEPs after they criticized the state of democracy in Hungary. Orban strongly defended his government's record as the Parliament presented a report calling Budapest to remove constitutional changes that some claim limit democracy and basic rights in Hungary. He called the report 'politically motivated' and a 'threat to Europe'.
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Enlargement 13-06-2013

Erdogan’s Turkey has no place in the EU, say MEPs

MEPs on Wednesday lashed out at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdo?an over the violent response to the protests in Istanbul. The demonstration began as a peaceful sit-in against government plans to build a shopping centre in central Istanbul. But it has now evolved into wide anti-government protest that has polarised the country. The EU expressed concern about the use of police force after clashes with the protesters left 5,000 injured and 4 dead.
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Economy & Jobs 21-05-2013

European parliament calls for a Europe-wide tax haven blacklist

MEPs on Tuesday urged member states to step up the fight against tax havens and improve tax collection. The call for a pan-European blacklist of tax havens came ahead of the EU Summit on Wednesday, when EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels to discuss ways to close the current 1 trillion euro tax gap in Europe.
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Euro & Finance 18-04-2013

Cyprus vote throws new uncertainty on bailout

A €10-billion aid deal to save Cyprus from bankruptcy has been thrown into fresh uncertainty with news that the country's fractious parliament will vote on the final package.
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Future EU 18-04-2013

Commission accuses Hungary of transgressions

The European Commission accused Hungary of nonconformity with EU legislation and breaches of the rule of law during a plenary debate in the European Parliament yesterday (17 April), in the presence of the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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EU Priorities 2020 11-02-2013

EU leaders urge European Parliament to approve slashed EU budget

EU leaders have urged the European Parliament to 'be responsible' and approve the new long-term EU budget proposal. The plead came after European leaders struck a deal on Friday on the 7-year budget following more than 24 hours of talks. Mirroring the austerity measures that national governments are currently undertaking, the budget has been capped at €960 billion. (The original November proposal was  €972 billion.) It is the first time in the Union's history that an EU budget is smaller than the previous period.
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Future EU 08-02-2013

MEPs statements on February 2013 EU Council Summit

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit (7-8 February) to forge a deal on the Union's 2014-2020 budget. Diplomats point out that it is “now or never” for heads of state and government to agree ahead of multiple elections in 2013.
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Future EU 06-02-2013

MEPs threaten to veto EU budget deal

Only two days before EU leaders will hold talks on the next 7-year EU budget, MEPs on Tuesday threatened to veto the eventual agreement if further cuts are made. Some member states, like the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden, have expressed their wish to slash the budget by an additional 30 billion euros. They argue that EU expenditure should be in line with national austerity policies. "Today's proposal is actually an act of political resignation, and we are going to reject it", EPP leader Joseph Daul said.