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  • Austria’s ex-Chancellor Kern as Spitzenkandidat?

    Future EU 03-09-2018

    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.

  • Weber to announce candidacy focusing on migration

    Future EU 31-08-2018

    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.

  • Merkel chooses Weber as candidate for EU top job

    EU Elections 2019 31-08-2018

    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).

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

    Future EU 11-06-2018

    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.

  • EU energy chief eyes Commission top job

    Politics 05-06-2018

    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.

  • LREM’s first step towards the 2019 EU elections

    Elections 22-03-2018

    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

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

    Future EU 02-03-2018

    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 Angela …

  • Rift between Juncker and Tusk deepens over Spitzenkandidat process

    EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2018

    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.

  • EU summit to stay away from anything requiring treaty change

    Future EU 22-02-2018

    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.

  • Macron’s agenda for the informal summit

    Elections 22-02-2018

    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

  • Polish citizens ‘getting happier and happier’, ministers say

    Future EU 19-02-2018

    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).

  • Seeking post-Brexit unity, EU leaders find more fights

    Future EU 19-02-2018

    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.

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