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Politics 01-05-2021

Liberal leader Hans van Baalen dies aged 60

Hans van Baalen, ALDE Party President, passed away in the late hours of 29 April at the age of 60 after a short illness, his party central announced on Friday (30 April).
EU Elections 2019 13-06-2019

EU liberals change name to appease new French members

The main centrist political group in the EU parliament changed its name on Wednesday  (12 June) after receiving an influx of new French members who shy away from the term "liberal".
EU Elections 2019 25-03-2019

Former minister seeks to shape a progressive front in Italy

Carlo Calenda, a prominent liberal democrat affiliated to centre-left Partito Democratico (PD), wants his new platform 'Siamo Europei' to help create a single pro-EU list for the upcoming elections. EURACTIV.com spoke with him on the sidelines of his platform's manifesto launch in Brussels last week (19 March).
Elections 20-03-2018

Key EU lawmakers committee to query Selmayr’s promotion at hearing

The European Parliament's budgetary control committee wants a senior EU Commission official to clarify the sudden promotion of its president's chief aide to the top of the EU civil service, underlining the continuing unease among lawmakers over the move.
Elections 23-10-2017

Czech tycoon Babiš to be named prime minister but may struggle to find partners

Czech President Milos Zeman said yesterday (22 October) he would name Andrej Babiš prime minister, but the tycoon leader of the anti-establishment ANO party may struggle to find coalition partners despite his emphatic election win.
Brexit 29-09-2017

Verhofstadt: Brexit is ‘a very negative project’, but it helped revive EU popularity

Brexit is "a very negative project" but has nonetheless helped to revive the popularity of the EU and spur demands for change, the European Parliament's pointman on divorce proceedings said yesterday (28 September).
Elections 12-05-2017

As Macron forms party, Brussels ponders its affiliation

Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party on Thursday (11 May) announced a list of 428 candidates for French parliamentary elections in June, a move likely to shake up French politics. In Brussels, the liberal ALDE group hopes En Marche! will join its ranks.
Elections 10-01-2017

ALDE rebuffs Italy’s 5 Star bid to join parliamentary group

The Liberals in the European Parliament have turned down a request from the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement to join their group, putting Italy's second-largest party in an awkward position as it had already left its former partners.
Elections 09-01-2017

Italy’s 5 Star divorces UKIP, begins relationship with ALDE

Italy's maverick 5 Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5 Star founder Beppe Grillo said yesterday (8 January).
Elections 08-12-2016

Romanian PM says election promises must not fuel populism

Romanian politicians are making unrealistic pay promises ahead of the 11 December parliamentary election that fuel populism and damage voters' understanding of the need for reform, outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș told Reuters on Tuesday.
Elections 08-11-2016

Estonian government could collapse, faces no confidence vote

Estonia's coalition government could be threatened with collapse this week after two junior coalition partners called on the prime minister to resign yesterday (7 November) and the opposition called for a vote of no confidence.
Elections 01-09-2016

Romania to hold parliamentary election on 11 December

Romania's government announced that the country will hold a parliamentary election on 11 December, and that it will make it easier for Romanians living abroad to vote.
Languages & Culture 14-04-2016

MEPs concerned that amendments could ‘kill’ PNR directive

The European Parliament votes today (14 April) on whether airlines can share the names of passengers with member states to help trace returning jihadists. But lawmakers fear that some of the amendments be considered will “kill” the project.
Elections 07-03-2016

Slovakia turns unpredictable ahead of its EU presidency

The Smer-Social Democrats (Smer-SD) party of Prime Minister Robert Fico lost its majority and will have difficulties forming a coalition government, following elections held on 5 March. The new parliament will be extremely fragmented, with neo-Nazi and protest parties present, leading to speculation about early elections.  EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Elections 05-11-2015

Ex-Commissioner Dacian Ciolos to be Romania’s next PM

EXCLUSIVE/ Dacian Cioloș, the former Commissioner for Agriculture in the executive led by José Manuel Barroso, will be Romania's new premier, two credible sources told EURACTIV today (5 October).

ALDE requests nuclear option over Hungary

The liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament called on Monday (21 September) for the activation of article 7 of the EU Treaty against Hungary over its handling of refugees.
EU Priorities 2020 30-09-2014

French MEP cries foul at attempt to curb Moscovici’s powers

MEP Sylvie Goulard, a spokesperson for the liberal ALDE group, asked for clarification from Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker following a leaked document according to which the powers of French Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici would be curtailed.

Lack of women no longer a problem for new Commission

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is now almost certain to get support from the European Parliament because he has secured nine women on his team - the same number than in the current Barroso Commission. Three of them will be his deputies.
Not a single poster from Germany's Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) lasts longer than a day in Leipzig, said the party's leader Bernd Lucke. Berlin 2014 [Patrick Timmann]
EU Elections 2014 15-05-2014

Eurosceptic AfD under attack in Germany

Vandalised campaign posters, angry whistles during events, physical assaults on campaigners – the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) is increasingly victimised by "undemocratic attacks", says the party’s leader Bernd Lucke. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 17-02-2014

Clegg suggests coalescing with Labour in 2015

Nick Clegg, the leader of the UK Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government, has hinted at forming a future coalition government with the Labour party after the 2015 election.

Romanian liberals oppose ‘super-immunity’ bill

The liberal party PNL which is in coalition with the ruling socialists in Romania has vowed to block proposals that would increase the immunity of members of parliament from corruption charges, as the European Union presses Bucharest to rein in graft and organised crime.
Transport 12-11-2012

Kallas: Budget cuts threaten EU fundamentals

Siim Kallas, the Commission vice president responsible for transport, said budget cuts for 2014-2020 proposed for the 22-23 November summit risked ‘cancelling’ European policies designed to link Eastern and Western parts of the continent.
Elections 09-11-2012

European Liberals explore response to rising populism

The annual congress of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform party (ELDR) began yesterday (8 November) in Dublin with a seminar dedicated to the rise of populism in Europe, and the response which should be given to the challenge. EURACTIV reports from Dublin.
Digital & Media 26-04-2012

Liberals put last nail in ACTA coffin

The liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament jumped onto the bandwagon to oppose the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by declaring yesterday (25 April) that they will vote against it, as "too many provisions" were "unclear". In case a plenary vote was held before the summer, a majority of MEPs would therefore reject ACTA.