The EPP-ED group, the biggest parliamentary group with 268
seats, refused to negotiate a Commission reshuffle and
pledged its support to Buttiglione until the end. For this
group, Barroso's decision is a major setback.
Despite attacks on the way Barroso was chosen as future Commission president, the PES expected to back him. They are are finalising a deal with the EPP to share out the top posts in the EU legislature.
Polish ex-foreign minister Bronislaw Geremek has put his hat in the ring to become President of the Parliament. He enjoys the support of the Greens and of the recently announced pro-European centrist group.
UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, and Danish eurosceptic MEP, Jens-Peter
Bonde have announced the creation of a new EP political group.
Far-right parties are increasingly pessimistic about setting up a
The two biggest political groups in the European Parliament are negotiating a deal to share the EP Presidency. Meanwhile, a new European Democrat party - gathering French and Italian centrists - has been lauched.
A strong Europe with sufficient budgetary means is needed to
maintain economic development and Europe's identity in a globalised
world, says EPP President Wilfried Martens in an interview with
Monica Frassoni stresses that competiveness and high environmental
protection can go hand in hand and says "the progress made by the
EU towards sustainable development has been little more than lip
The EU should lead the shift to environmentally friendly technologies and deliver on sustainable development, says Monica Frassoni, President of the European Greens in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
The role of trans-national political parties in Europe's emerging demos
In a contribution to the European "demos" debate, Paul Gillespie suggests that a more constitutional European Union is an opportunity for transnational European political parties to come of age and help …