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Security 27-03-2014

Norwegian ex-PM Stoltenberg tipped as next NATO chief

In the margins of the EU-US summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron has given his support to Jens Stoltenberg as next secretary general of the NATO defence alliance, securing the Norwegian’s lead to get the position.
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.
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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 27-02-2014

EU veteran Juncker enters race to become Commission president

Veteran Luxembourg politician Jean-Claude Juncker has won the backing of Germany's major conservative party in the race to become European Commission president, as he officially submitted his bid to become the centre-right candidate.
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.
Elections 25-02-2014

Slovakia first to put forward commissioner candidate

The vice-president of the European Commission, Maroš Šef?ovi?, will head the European Parliament election campaign of the ruling Social Democratic Party in Slovakia and will be again the country’s candidate for commissioner, Prime Minister Robert Fico confirmed on 22 February, EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Dombrovskis: Euro crisis ‘is also a competitiveness crisis’

As Europe slowly climbs out of the economic crisis, the focus for the European Parliament elections campaign is jobs and growth, Valdis Dombrovskis says, adding that competitiveness is key and that Europe needs to catch up with the US and Japan in spending on innovation and science.
EU Elections 2014 14-02-2014

Dombrovskis ready to enter EPP race for top EU job

EXCLUSIVE / Valdis Dombrovskis, the former prime minister of Latvia, is expected to step forward as candidate to represent the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) at this year's EU Parliament elections. Having turned his country from economic laggard to leader, he may know how to put Europe back on track, he told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Elections 14-02-2014

Centre-right candidates asked to step forward

The European People's Party (EPP), Europe's largest political family, opened candidacies on Thursday (13 February) for top figures to lead its EU election campaign, which starts in three weeks’ time at a congress in Dublin.
EU Elections 2014 07-02-2014

Merkel: ‘I have a lot of sympathy for Jean-Claude Juncker’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday made her first public endorsement for Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker to be the leading conservative candidate in May's European Parliament elections, a potential springboard to head the European Commission.
Elections 06-02-2014

Finnish PM Katainen ‘not a candidate’ for EU Commission job

EXCLUSIVE / Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, who had been seen as one of the likely nominees to replace José Manuel Barroso as EU Commission president, is not a candidate, EURACTIV was told by one of his closest aides.
EU Elections 2014 03-02-2014

EU leaders to meet for ‘informal’ talks, two days after elections

The president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy is to convene an exceptional summit just two days after the EU election polls close, in a move that puts heads of states back in the driver’s seat to choose the next president of the European Commission. 
Elections 28-01-2014

EPP chief: We have four candidates for Commission president

Joseph Daul, the president of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), named four potential candidates for the European Commission presidency who could be nominated at the EPP Congress on 6-7 March. In an exclusive interview for EURACTIV Czech Republic, Daul said he was touring EU capitals to sound out support for each one of them. 
Public Affairs 13-01-2014

What the 2014 elections will mean for EU public affairs professionals

All eyes are on the EU institutions this year given the upcoming European Parliament elections and the subsequent change of top officials. But the stream of analyses and conferences fail to address a vital question: what will these changes mean for the business community, NGOs and the wider public affairs world, András Baneth writes.
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Future EU 25-07-2013

Barroso silent on NATO top job race

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso declined to comment on if he has plans to be the next NATO Secretary General. Barroso was asked if he is interested in the top job at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during the presentation of a Commission proposal to boost efficiency in the European defence industry.   "This communication has nothing to do with my future.
Security 24-07-2013

Barroso declines to comment on options for NATO top job

Asked today (24 July) if he had plans to be the next NATO secretary-general, Commission President José Manuel Barroso declined to comment. The race for the job, which will become available next year, has already started, sources told EURACTIV, with Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem considered the favourite.
EU Priorities 2020 01-07-2013

‘We will strive to be a trustworthy EU presidency’, says Lithuanian leader

EXCLUSIVE / On the eve of taking the baton from Ireland to chair the Council of the European Union for the next six months, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? vowed to push through legislation that would help lift Europe out of its economic doldrums, especially provisions related to the implementation of the EU's 2014-2020 budget.
Elections 16-04-2013

Finnish PM Katainen seen jockeying for top EU position

Addressing the European Parliament today (16 April) in Strasbourg, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen pleaded for the new concept of “fair integration”, which he said would keep the EU safe from the twin threats of nationalism and populism. Many MEPs saw his speech as a jockeying exercise for one of the EU's top jobs, which will be up for grabs in 2014.
Future EU 30-11-2012

Van Rompuy opposes direct election of the EU’s top leaders

Directly electing the European Commission President at the 2014 EU elections would “organise the disappointment in advance”, said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Directly electing his own successor would be “even more absurd”, he added in comments that are likely to irritate proponents of increased democracy in the European institutions.