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EU Elections 2019 18-04-2019

UK should ‘cool down’, ditch Brexit – Timmermans

Britain should use the next few months to "cool down and rethink" its decision to leave the European Union, the socialist candidate to head the next European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said on Wednesday (17 April).
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

Over a Coffee with Frans Timmermans, lead candidate for the PES

Frans Timmermans, lead candidate in the European Elections for the PES group meets with EURACTIV’s Brian Maguire over a coffee.
EU Elections 2019 09-04-2019

Progressive camp eyes part of ALDE, Macron – Timmermans

Frans Timmermans, the Social Democrats' candidate to lead the next European Commission, will try to form a progressive majority after the EU elections but will need some of the 'progressive liberals' from the ALDE group and will extend a hand to the party of Emmanuel Macron.

Timmermans invites EU members to ‘bite the bullet’ on rule of law

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (3 April) a process of reflection about whether member states would agree to be supervised on possible breaches of rule of law. The Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said it is now up to the capitals to decide if they want to “bite the bullet”.
EU Elections 2019 03-04-2019

Victor Ponta: The ruling PSD in Romania is becoming like Fidesz

In a wide-ranging interview, the former Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has founded a new centre-left force, Pro-Romania, doesn’t mince his words criticising his former party, the ruling PSD. The Party of European Socialists (PES) should, if necessary, show PSD the red card, he says.
EU Elections 2019 01-04-2019

Weber: Ignoring Spitzenkandidaten would harm EU democracy

Most European leaders and parties have agreed to the Spitzenkandidat principle. If they suddenly ditched it, it would be a huge step back for democracy in Europe and could risk conflict between the European Parliament and the Council, said Manfred Weber, the centre-right EPP party's Spitzenkandidat for the European elections.
EU Elections 2019 28-03-2019

EPP has ‘lost all credibility’ after Orbán scandal, Verhofstadt says

The European People's Party has “lost all credibility and moral authority to lead the EU,” ALDE's leader Guy Verhofstadt has said, following the EPP's decision to suspend but not expel Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party.
Future EU 25-03-2019

France targeting Commission presidency over top ECB job

France will push for the presidency of the European Commission rather than the European Central Bank when top EU jobs come up for negotiations later this year, three sources briefed on discussions over the matter said.
EU Elections 2019 13-03-2019

Hungary covers posters featuring Juncker during Weber’s visit

The head of the European Parliament's dominant centre-right bloc met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday (12 March), again calling for the populist leader to apologise for an anti-EU billboard campaign.
EU Elections 2019 05-03-2019

The Brief, powered by EUROBAT – Dead on arrival

Let us be honest: Although the Spitzenkandidaten are currently touring Europe like third-rate rock stars in an attempt to make themselves known to voters, most of them deep in their heart already suspect the top candidate process is a dead end. And here's why.
EU Elections 2019 30-01-2019

ECR’s Zahradil: Orban is happy where he is in the EPP

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) will not only survive the loss of their UK MEPs this year but hope to be even stronger after the European elections in May, Jan Zahradil, the ECR's Spitzenkandidat, said during a debate organised by the Union of European Federalists (UEF) in Brussels last week.
EU Elections 2019 18-12-2018

Weber: There is no special treatment for Viktor Orban in EPP

For the European People's Party, it is clear that Europe must stand by its principles and defend the rule of law, Manfred Weber, the head of the EPP group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV Poland.
EU Elections 2019 10-12-2018

Socialists entrust Timmermans to replace Juncker at EU helm

Europe’s socialist parties on Saturday (8 December) chose Dutch politician Frans Timmermans to lead them in May elections and to succeed his boss Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission. Delegates voted in Timmermans, currently first vice president of the EU’s powerful...
EU Elections 2019 07-12-2018

Bulgarian socialist leader snubs PES forum in Lisbon

Kornelia Ninova, the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), announced on Thursday (6 December) she would not attend the Party of European Socialists congress in Lisbon, citing her ideological differences with the PES president, compatriot Sergei Stanishev.
EU Elections 2019 29-11-2018

‘Progressive alliance’ moves a step closer ahead of EU elections

The leaders of the Social Democrats (S&D), Greens and leftist group (GUE/NGL) sat for the first time at the same table to discuss the possibility of a common strategy ahead of the EU elections in May to face down the rise of far-right and neoliberal forces.
EU Elections 2019 28-11-2018

EU needs ‘Great Review’ of powers, says ECR’s Zahradil

No EU agency can replace the role of member states, said Czech MEP Jan Zahradil, putting a ‘Great Review’ of EU powers at the heart of the manifesto for his European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) party, launched on Wednesday (28 November)
EU Elections 2019 26-11-2018

European Greens refuse to march behind Macron’s party

Although the European Greens and La République en Marche! (LREM) share common views on the European project, these should be promoted in a partnership of equals, Greens co-chair Reinhard Bütikofer told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 14-11-2018

ECR puts forward Czech MEP as their Spitzenkandidat nominee

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil will be the lead candidate of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) to run for the presidency of the next European Commission, party chief Syed Kamall announced on Tuesday (13 October).
EU Elections 2019 12-11-2018

Spitzenkandidat picks: Manfred Weber, EPP

With no real debating at the big debate, the EPP's Helsinki Congress picked their Spitzenkandidat contender for the European elections. EURACTIV takes a closer look at the party's new old face, Manfred Weber.
EU Elections 2019 08-11-2018

Weber wins EPP Spitzenkandidat in landslide victory

German Manfred Weber was crowned Spitzenkandidat of the EPP, the European Parliament's largest party, on Thursday (8 November), after he swept to victory in a contest that saw ex-Finnish Prime minister Alexander Stubb win only 20% of the votes.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

Weber: EPP has answers to populism and extremism

European People's Party leader Manfred Weber, a potential candidate for the top Commission job, says his party is loyal to its Christian Democratic principles and has solutions for populism and extremism. EURACTIV'S media partner Euroefe reports.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

How to #Spitzenkandidat

As the European elections loom closer, one question rings ever louder in the Brussels corridors: How will the Parliament’s main political groups choose their candidates for the EU’s top jobs?
EU Elections 2019 05-11-2018

Timmermans to be Socialist Spitzenkandidat after Sefcovic withdraws

Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be the lead candidate of the Party of European Socialists in next year's EU elections, the party announced on Monday (5 November) after his rival Maroš Šefčovič withdrew from the race and backed the Dutchman instead.
EU Elections 2019 05-11-2018

Why Europe needs Alex Stubb

University Professor Brent F. Nelsen explains why his former student, Alexander Stubb, should be the next European Commission president.

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