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EU Elections 2019 19-09-2018

Austrian ex-chancellor Kern to run for centre-left Spitzenkandidat

As expected, opposition leader Christian Kern said yesterday (18 September) he would run as top candidate for the Austrian Social Democrats in the European Parliament elections next year, aiming to help build a strong counterweight to growing nationalist forces.
EU Elections 2019 17-09-2018

Sefcovic officially enters the Spitzenkandidaten battle

Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announced officially on Monday (17 September) his candidacy to be the leading candidate of his social-democrat political group in the campaign for the 2019 European elections.
EU Elections 2019 17-09-2018

Czech MEP: I want to be ECR’s lead candidate, not an EU top job candidate

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil has recently announced his intention to become the ECR's lead candidate for the 2019 European Elections. He is a supporter of a multi-speed Union, with freedom for member states to pursue a foreign policy that best suits their own interests.
EU Elections 2019 10-09-2018

Weber: I am concerned about key issues in Hungary

EURACTIV Poland's media partner "Gazeta Wyborcza" interviewed Manfred Weber, who announced his candidacy to be the Spitzenkandidat of the European Peoples' Party in the 2019 European elections.
EU Elections 2019 06-09-2018

Macron seeks new ‘progressive’ coalition for 2019 European elections

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to shake up the EU political ecosystem, hoping to forge a new progressive alliance at the end of this year for the 2019 European Parliament elections, a source in his office said on Wednesday (5 September).
EU Elections 2019 05-09-2018

Spitzenkandidaten: A Bavarian on the Commission throne?

Only a few contributions from the ranks of the Bavarian CSU in recent months suggested their competence on European issues. Now one of them is aiming for the highest post Brussels has to offer. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 03-09-2018

Austria’s ex-Chancellor Kern as Spitzenkandidat?

Ahead of the 2019 European elections, there are considerations whether former Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern could become a Spitzenkandidat for the Austrian SPÖ for the European election campaign. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Future EU 31-08-2018

Weber to announce candidacy focusing on migration

Blessed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and backed by big national delegations, Germany’s CSU heavyweight Manfred Weber is expected to soon confirm his candidacy for the post of the new European Commission president, with migration emerging as the top issue on his agenda.
EU Elections 2019 31-08-2018

Merkel chooses Weber as candidate for EU top job

Angela Merkel has given her backing to fellow German conservative Manfred Weber's bid to front the centre-right's campaign in next year's European Parliament elections, several German newspapers reported on Thursday (30 August).
Future EU 13-07-2018

How the Spitzenkandidaten process will work ahead of 2019 elections

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The European elections are looming ever closer but how will the Parliament's main political groups choose their candidates for the EU's top jobs in the lead-up to May 2019?
Elections 10-07-2018

Putting the ‘European’ into the European elections

When the so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” or lead candidate method for designating the Commission president was introduced in 2014, it was celebrated as a democratic revolution. Five years later, it is difficult to find anyone seriously questioning the method - but the enthusiasm has somewhat washed away, writes Christopher Glück.
Future EU 11-06-2018

Finns Stubb and Katainen leave door open to EU Commission top job

Former Finnish prime ministers Alexander Stubb and Jyrki Katainen left open the possibility on Saturday (9 June) that they would run to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the EU executive’s president next year.
Politics 05-06-2018

EU energy chief eyes Commission top job

Slovakia's member of the European Commission declared his candidacy on Monday (4 June) to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the EU executive's president, promising to try to ease tensions between western states and newer members from the ex-communist east.
Future EU 25-05-2018

European elections in the era of disruption

To some extent the vote next May will be a test of the resilience of the forces of disruption, the main achievement of whom so far being Brexit, writes Geoffrey Harris.
Elections 22-03-2018

LREM’s first step towards the 2019 EU elections

En Marche will launch its “Grande Marche pour l’Europe” on the 24 March, the first step in its roadmap for the 2019 European elections. EURACTIV.fr reports
Elections 13-03-2018

Why not hold all of Europe’s elections on the same day?

Here's a sharp knife to cut through the tangled knot of Europe's politics ‒ let's hold all national parliamentary elections on the same day as voting for the European Parliament, writes Giles Merritt.  
Future EU 13-03-2018

Czech minister: Government to hold series of public debates on EU future

The Czech government has responded to the challenge laid down by French President Emmanuel Macron and is going to start a series of public discussions on what shape the EU should take in the future, Aleš Chmelař, Czech State Secretary for EU affairs, told Aktuálně.cz.
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Economy & Jobs 07-03-2018

European People’s Party: What role for the regions and cities in EU 2019 elections?

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The European People's Party local dialogues are a central part of the grassroots engagement for the 2019 European elections, an initiative to be launched in Sofia, Bulgaria on 9 March 2018.
Future EU 02-03-2018

Elmar Brok: Macron wants to ‘weaken’ the European Parliament

EXCLUSIVE / French President Emmanuel Macron wants to “weaken” the European Parliament with his opposition to the Spitzenkandidaten process, European People’s Party influential MEP Elmar Brok warned in an interview with EURACTIV.com. Brok, who is a close ally of Chancellor...
EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2018

Rift between Juncker and Tusk deepens over Spitzenkandidat process

EU leaders have dealt a blow to the controversial Spitzenkandidat system of electing a European Commission president, setting themselves up for a fight with the European Parliament. The rift between Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council chief Donald Tusk deepened as the two officials clashed over the process.
Future EU 23-02-2018

Why rejecting transnational lists has been a missed opportunity for European democracy

Closed pan-European lists would be a game changer in how European citizens identify with EU politics, write Angelos Chryssogelos and Malgorzata Staniaszek.
Future EU 22-02-2018

EU summit to stay away from anything requiring treaty change

The informal EU-27 summit on Friday (23 February) will discuss the preparation of the 2019 European elections, institutional issues and the next long-term EU budget. But diplomats said the leaders would steer clear of any big decisions that would require treaty change.
Elections 22-02-2018

Macron’s agenda for the informal summit

If the implementation of transnational lists for the 2019 European elections does not appear to be panning out as Emmanuel Macron wished, the French president now hopes to gain the upper hand on the appointment of the next European Commission president. EURACTIV.fr reports
Future EU 22-02-2018

From phones to polls: How today’s youth can make the case for democracy

The European Parliament is exploring ways to convert the younger generation's online engagement into higher turnout in the upcoming elections, write Ramón Luis Valcárcel and Sylvie Guillaume.