About: Spitzenkandidaten

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.
Future EU 19-02-2018

Polish citizens ‘getting happier and happier’, ministers say

Polish citizens are happy, the economy is booming and the support for the conservative government is at an all-time high. That was the message two Polish ministers delivered to the Brussels press corps on Monday (19 February).
Future EU 19-02-2018

Seeking post-Brexit unity, EU leaders find more fights

EU leaders face difficult talks this week on the thorny issues of how to plug holes in the post-Brexit budget and choose a successor for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
Future EU 15-02-2018

Juncker jabs at Macron as EU jobs race heats up

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker chided French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday (14 February) for failing to form clear Europe-wide party political alliances, as manoeuvring warms up over next year's EU parliament elections.
Future EU 09-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express: Mistrust is gaining ground in Europe

The wind of enthusiasm blown by the victory of President Emmanuel Macron last June has vanished. In a historic vote on Wednesday, the European Parliament rejected the innovative idea of transnational lists.
Future EU 07-02-2018

MEPs and EU leaders on collision course over Spitzenkandidaten process

MEPs are ready to pick a fight with EU leaders and reject any candidate for EU Commission president who is not voted for by the European electorate after a transparent and open process, like in the 2014 elections.
Elections 07-02-2018

Transnational lists – A bad good idea

Transnational lists are a good idea to strengthen democracy at a European level but a closer look at it reveals "a bad good idea". Steven Van Hecke and Wouter Wolfs voice their three main reservations on the subject.
Elections 05-02-2018

Summit to set rules in race to succeed Juncker

The race to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the first post-Brexit European Commission begins later this month – and in typical EU style it is starting with a row about how the race should be run.
Elections 01-02-2018

New S&D figurehead: We expect the Romanian justice minister to speak in plenary

Maria João Rodrigues, who is emerging as the most prominent figurehead in the European Parliament's  S&D group, made it plain on Thursday (1 February) that her political group is quite critical of its Romanian affiliate member, the ruling social-democrat PSD.
Future EU 17-01-2018

The race to succeed Juncker begins

With the next European Parliament elections just over a year away, the guessing games and rumour mills about who will helm the EU institutions into the next decade have already fired up. EURACTIV Germany’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.