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  • Romanian liberals oppose ‘super-immunity’ bill

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 13-12-2013

    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.

  • Hungarian leaders are playing ‘cat and mouse’ with the EU

    Opinion | Elections 24-04-2013

    The gradual erosion in Hungary of the fundamental checks and balances of a democratic society is not going unnoticed, writes Guy Verhofstadt.

  • Kallas: Budget cuts threaten EU fundamentals

    News | Transport 12-11-2012

    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.

  • European Liberals explore response to rising populism

    News | Elections 09-11-2012

    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.

  • Liberals put last nail in ACTA coffin

    News | Digital & Media 26-04-2012

    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.

  • Liberal, socialist leaders join spat over Romania protests

    News | Central Europe 02-02-2012

    The European Parliament's Liberal and socialist leaders, Guy Verhofstadt and Hannes Swoboda, gave their support to the Romanian opposition during a public hearing over the democratic situation there, as protests continue in Bucharest over government austerity measures.

  • Sir Graham Watson to lead Europe’s liberals

    News | Elections 29-11-2011

    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.

  • Verhofstadt tables alternative ‘competitiveness pact’

    News | EU Priorities 2020 04-03-2011

    Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, has tabled a proposal for economic convergence in the EU. He said his was more wide-ranging than the recent Merkel-Sarkozy plan and would put the European Commission, not EU member states, in the driving seat.

  • Liberals hold balance of power in new Parliament: Report

    News | Public Affairs 28-01-2011

    The liberal group in the European Parliament holds the balance of power in the assembly when there is a split between the centre-right and the centre-left, but the EPP, the largest party, can pass legislation alone when it is disciplined, a report has found. 

  • Verhofstadt challenges the December ‘EU summit’

    News | Future EU 17-11-2010

    Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group, told EURACTIV that the newly established Spinelli Group, which is promoting federalism across Europe, is to hold a public event on 15 December, as an ideological challenge to a key EU summit starting the next day.