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Global Europe 26-06-2018

Building a fair and prosperous space on the two shores of Mediterranean

Economic development, migration flows, social justice and cohesion, radicalisation and terrorist threats, democratic transition, and rule of law - the challenges facing the Euro-Mediterranean region are numerous and growing, writes MEP Enrique Guerrero Salom.  
Elections 25-06-2018

Pro-Russia Communists to back new Czech minority cabinet

Czech president Miloš Zeman said on Sunday (24 June) he may appoint a new two-party cabinet on Tuesday or Wednesday following eight months of political instability after last October's election.
Future EU 11-06-2018

Thorning-Schmidt makes Brussels appearance, promotes conservative social-democracy

Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who was also the leader of the Social Democrats in her country from 2005 to 2015, made an appearance in Brussels today (11 June) offering her views how the EU should better makes it case globally and improve internally.
Future EU 08-05-2018

S&D chief tells Greek progressives to rally against New Democracy ‘chaos’

S&D President Udo Bullmann called on progressive political forces in Greece to join forces as the “only way to the country’s future” and not turn to a conservative New Democracy government, which has a big responsibility for the crisis.
Elections 02-05-2018

Czech ruling party says near coalition deal to end limbo

The Czech ruling ANO party could be days away from agreeing the text of a coalition agreement with the center-left Social Democrats, an ANO official was quoted as saying today (2 May), raising hopes for an end to months of political instability.
Future EU 07-03-2018

EU socialists seek alternatives to avoid Parliament’s ‘Germanisation’

A number of socialist MEPs are looking for alternatives to German Udo Bullmann's candidature for the presidency of the group, after Gianni Pittella resigned following his election to the Italian Senate.
Future EU 23-02-2018

After Bulgaria, Slovakia too fails to ratify the Istanbul Convention

A wave of opposition in Central Europe to so-called “gender ideology” has led Bulgaria on 15 February, and then Slovakia yesterday (22 February) to oppose ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
Elections 22-02-2018

Centre-left party joins tangled Czech coalition talks

The Czech centre-left Social Democrats opened talks on forming a government with last year's election winner ANO yesterday (21 February), aiming to break a deadlock that has prevented the formation of a majority coalition.
Elections 19-02-2018

Czech Social Democrats pick leader, bring viable government closer

The Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) picked former parliament speaker Jan Hamáček as their chairman yesterday (18 February), bringing closer a possible breakthrough in forming a viable government.
Politics 11-12-2017

Over A Coffee with Maria João Rodrigues MEP, Vice President of the Social Democrats

Maria João Rodrigues, Portuguese MEP, and Vice President of the Social Democrats, joins EURACTIV Reporter, Brian Maguire, Over A Coffee.
Central Europe 18-07-2017

Romanian government backtracks from plan to tax companies’ turnover

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said yesterday (17 July) his leftist-led government had scrapped a plan to tax companies' turnover.
Elections 17-05-2017

Austria calls October election, far-right FPÖ could enter government

Austria's main parties agreed to hold an early parliamentary election on 15 October, Chancellor Christian Kern said yesterday (16 May), in a vote that might bring the far-right Freedom Party into government.
EU Priorities 2020 08-05-2017

The ‘missing scenario’: There are alternatives for Europeans

In order to revive the European project, the progressive forces must have an ambitious vision that goes beyond an intergovernmental system and implements a genuine Community method, MEPs from the Progressive Caucus alliance write.
Future EU 27-03-2017

Socialists and Democrats lash out at centre-right, pledge to restore social justice

Europe's Socialists and Democrats hit out at conservative political parties across Europe and promised to end German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s policies. EURACTIV.com reports from Rome.
Global Europe 01-02-2017

Schulz: Trump ‘un-American’, warns against lifting Russia sanctions

Germany's centre-left candidate for Chancellor, Martin Schulz, has criticised US President Donald Trump's policies as "un-American" and warned against lifting sanctions imposed against Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis.
Elections 31-01-2017

Crisis drags on as Macedonia fails to form government

Macedonia's president on Monday (30 January) resumed the search for a new prime minister after the former premier failed to form a government, despite his party's narrow election victory.
Elections 10-11-2016

Lithuanian farmers’ party agree on coalition with Social Democrats

Lithuania's Peasants and Greens Union said yesterday (9 November) it had agreed a deal with the Social Democrats to form a coalition that will focus on reducing inequality in a country where more than a fifth of the population lives below or close to the bread-line.
17-06-2016

Croatia’s right-wing government falls

Croatia's government fell Thursday (17 June) after Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic lost a confidence vote in parliament, in a serious blow to the country's nationalist rulers after only five months in power.
Elections 06-06-2016

Social Democrats win Romanian local elections

Romania's leftist Social Democrats (PSD) won most votes in countrywide local elections yesterday (5 June), according to an exit poll, putting them in a strong position before a parliamentary election later this year.
Climate change 11-05-2016

Commission warns Denmark over new agriculture package

The European Commission has sent a letter to the Danish government expressing concern that its new agriculture package is in breach of three environmental directives.
Elections 02-05-2016

Austrian Social Democrat PM Faymann booed on May Day

Austria's embattled chancellor was greeted yesterday (1 May) with loud boos as he addressed around 80,000 people in Vienna on May Day, a week after the government's disastrous defeat at the hands of the far-right in a presidential ballot.

Even Social Democrats vote in favour of Danish ‘jewellery’ law

Denmark's parliament yesterday (26 January) overwhelmingly voted in favour of reforms aimed at dissuading migrants from seeking asylum by delaying family reunifications and allowing authorities to seize valuables, under legislation that has sparked widespread condemnation.
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EU Priorities 2020 18-06-2014

Schulz: I want to become Commission vice-president

Stepping down as President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz was elected on Wednesday group leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the Chamber.
Michael Kaeding is Jean-Monnet Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. [Universität Duisburg-Essen]
EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

German analyst: Merkel ‘did not win the elections’

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) played the German card during the European elections, riding on the nationality of its top candidate Martin Schulz, who is primarily responsible for the SPD’s spike in votes, according to Michael Kaeding.