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Elections 16-10-2014

Farage’s EFDD group in Parliament collapses

UKIP leader Nigel Farage's group in the European Parliament, the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), was dissolved on Thursday (16 October) after Latvian MEP Iveta Gricule decided to leave the group.
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Digital 02-05-2014

Facebook specialist: Politicians still figuring out social media

People who own smartphones check their phones 150 times a day, Elisabeth Linder told EURACTIV in an interview, adding that this is a huge opportunity for politicians to reach out to people and get them engaged in politics.
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Website to fact-check EU election campaign claims

As European politicians hit the campaign trail for the May EU elections, the online project FactcheckEU documents how truthful their campaign speeches really are.
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EU Elections 2014 12-02-2014

Europe from left to right ahead of #EP2014

Across Europe, parties in government and opposition forces will rally support and lure voters on 22-25 May. With less than 100 days to go before the voters cast their ballot, EURACTIV presents an overview of where the balance of power lies in EU countries. Previous election results show that, when it comes to EU elections, parties in government are often punished by protest voters. Have a look at the coalition governments, single allegiance governments and where the balance lies across Europe’s map.
Public Affairs 09-10-2013

Political elites: Does perception meet reality?

Political careers are becoming increasingly shorter and the revolving door between politics and the private sector spins ever faster. So is governance benefiting from ‘fresh ideas’? Or is the public in fact worse off in the long run?, asks Tomi Huhtanen.
07-12-2011

Shake-up of European politics is as important as saving the euro

The current debt crisis that many EU countries are struggling with had a crucial impact on their political systems as well, transforming the role of the state, argues Pawe? ?wieboda from demosEuropa. The question of how can this be handled is as important as saving the euro.
Elections 11-06-2010

The left and right wing in Bulgaria

In Bulgarian politics, the right-wing has traditionally been Western-oriented and the left pro-Russian. Yet since the country's entry into the EU the differences between left and right have decreased and more pragmatic policies are being pursued, writes Bulgarian MEP Emil Stoyanov (European People's Party) in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.
Elections 12-05-2010

Estonian diplomat: E-voting can be tricky

Electronic voting (e-voting) in elections can help increase voter turnout and is technically safe. But it is also exposed to human vulnerabilities like voting pressure from political parties, Miko Haljas, Estonia's ambassador to Budapest, told EURACTIV Hungary in an interview.
Elections 05-05-2010

Is Europe heading in the ‘right’ direction?

"Hungary's turn to the right signals a broader challenge across Europe, and not the unfortunate malfunction of one of its youngest democracies," writes Joerg Forbrig, senior programme officer for Central and Eastern Europe at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in a May paper.
Future EU 21-01-2010

MEPs bury the hatchet on new Commission

MEPs appear to have abandoned the quest for commissoners' scalps as political groups in the European Parliament are no longer asking for portfolio reshuffles, new auditions or the replacement of commissioners-designate, a roundup of opinions in Strasbourg revealed yesterday (20 January).
Central Europe 29-10-2009

Extreme-right seeks European unity, again

Another attempt to establish a pan-European extreme-right party was made in Budapest last weekend (24-25 October) by extremist forces from a variety of European countries, targeting better representation in the European Parliament. EURACTIV Hungary contributed to this article.
EU Priorities 2020 19-05-2009

Polish public TV promotes Libertas

Libertas, the pan-European party founded by controversial Irish millionaire Declan Ganley, appears to be wiping its election rivals from public TV stations, new air-time results show. EURACTIV Poland reports.
EU Priorities 2020 06-05-2009

New party: Trans-European politics will boost EU’s world power

Only with the proliferation of trans-European parties can we build the "strong and stable democracy" needed to see the EU achieve its potential as a "world power", Bart Kruitwagen, treasurer of the 'Newropeans' party, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the European elections.
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2009

Fresh faces for German Greens in EU elections

A mixture of new and established political figures will campaign for a 'new Green deal' in this summer's European elections, the German Greens decided at their European convention last weekend.
EU Priorities 2020 17-12-2008

Stetter: ‘Stop talking about institutions, start stating values’

Ahead of next summer's European elections, politicians should adopt a different political discourse based on values to engage citizens in the European project, Ernst Stetter, secretary-general of the newly-launched Foundation for European Progressive Studies, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 17-12-2008

Interview: New Socialist think tank describes EU role

Speaking to EURACTIV in an interview, Ernst Stetter, secretary-general of a newly-launched political foundation affiliated to the Socialists, urged EU politicians to adopt a different political discourse based on values to engage citizens in the European project.
EU Priorities 2020 26-11-2008

Lunacek: Greens’ dream turns social ahead of EU elections

The financial and economic crisis gives the Greens an opportunity to show voters that they are not just campaigning "to save trees, but people too," said Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek in an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 26-11-2008

Interview: Greens’ dream turns social ahead of EU elections

The financial and economic crisis gives the Greens an opportunity to show voters that they are not just campaigning "to save trees, but people too," said Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek in an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 01-02-2008

British MEP thrown out of Parliament group over Nazi slur

British Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan yesterday caused outrage in the European Parliament after comparing its German president, Hans-Gert Pöttering, to Adolf Hitler, highlighting deeper unease between the Tories and Parliament's leading political group.
Development Policy 19-12-2007

Party funding reform aims to boost turnout in 2009 EU elections

The EU institutions yesterday adopted a new regulation designed to raise the profile of European political parties, with a view to raising public awareness of European issues and improving voter turnout ahead of the next European Parliament elections in 2009.
EU Priorities 2020 30-11-2007

Parliament adopts party funding reform

MEPs have agreed on reform of European political party financing and the setting up of party-affiliated political foundations, paving the way for political campaigns designed to boost voter turnout ahead of the 2009 elections.
Public Affairs 15-11-2007

Far-right group of MEPs collapses in European Parliament

The Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty (ITS) group in the European Parliament, which brought together extreme right MEPs from across the EU, has collapsed after Romanian MEPs left following insulting comments made last week by fellow group member Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of former fascist leader Benito Mussolini, it emerged yesterday.
EU Priorities 2020 28-06-2007

Brussels seeks to politicise EU debates

In response to the low turnouts in recent European elections, the Commission has decided to pour funds into political foundations at European level in a bid to politicise EU debates and make EU politics more interesting at national and local level.
Public Affairs 25-08-2005

Study: ‘Non’ made better use of internet

Websites advocating a 'No' vote in the 29 May 2005 French referendum on the EU Constitution were more numerous and formed a more tightly-knit network than those in favour of the Constitution, according to a study. 

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