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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 23-08-2018

Merkel eyes German EU Commission chief: report

Chancellor Angela Merkel is focusing on securing the European Commission presidency for a German candidate, rather than backing Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann to succeed Mario Draghi at the helm of the European Central Bank (ECB), Handelsblatt reported.

EPP gets another top job: Finland’s Itala to head OLAF

Finland’s Ville Itälä will be the new director-general of OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud office. He comes from the Finnish Kokoomus party, affiliated with the centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) and will move to Olaf from his current post with the European Court of Auditors.
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 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 06-04-2018

Selmayr-gate: Storm in an EU teacup

Despite all the fury that rose after Martin Selmayr was appointed secretary-general of the Commission in February, one thing is now clear: the German official will keep his job.
Elections 06-03-2018

For Romania’s president, the ‘Road to Sibiu’ could also lead to Brussels

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is being considered as a possible replacement for European Council President Donald Tusk when his term expires in December 2019, according to local media reports.
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.
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.

Rutte pours cold water on Bulgaria’s Schengen and Eurozone dreams

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte poured cold water on Bulgaria’s ambition to unlock its stalled bid to join the EU border-free Schengen area on Tuesday (6 February) and said the country also needed more work to meet the criteria for joining the Eurozone.
Digital 06-02-2018

Ireland’s concerns over EU digital tax ‘gaining wider support’

Ireland’s concerns over how the European Union should proceed with taxing large digital businesses are shared by a growing number of countries, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Monday (5 February).
Global Europe 12-12-2017

Stoltenberg reappointed as NATO chief until 2020

NATO today (12 December) reappointed Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general to serve until 2020, as the alliance undergoes its biggest revamp since the Cold War to counter the perceived threat posed by Russia.
Central Europe 01-06-2017

Slovakia’s Lajcak elected UN General Assembly president

The United Nations General Assembly yesterday (31 May) picked Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák to be its next president.
Politics 04-04-2017

Commission appoints seven new Special Advisers

The Commission published today (4 April) an updated list of its Special Advisers, which have been appointed from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2018, featuring seven new names.
Global Europe 07-03-2017

Tusk row threatens to overshadow EU summit

A row over Poland's bid to replace EU President Donald Tusk threatens to overshadow a summit this week that was meant to focus on post-Brexit unity.
Elections 02-03-2017

Bulgaria to nominate Commissioner by early April

Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said his cabinet may nominate a EU Commissioner following the 26 March elections, if its results would not allow the fast forming of a government.
Future EU 21-02-2017

Hollande calls Versailles mini-summit on the future of the EU

French President François Hollande said yesterday (20 February) there would be a summit in Versailles with the leaders of Germany, Italy and Spain on 6 March to prepare reforms for the European Union ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March.
Elections 31-01-2017

Bulgaria to set record for Commission vacancy

Bulgaria's caretaker government will not nominate a Commissioner to replace Kristalina Georgieva, which means that her position will not be filled before May, it became clear on Monday (30 January).
Elections 26-01-2017

EU Socialists eye Tusk’s job after losing European Parliament presidency

Centre-left leaders could try to oust Donald Tusk as chair of the European Council and key broker of Brexit negotiations with Britain and will have their first discussion on the issue next week before an EU summit in Malta, their party president said.
Elections 20-01-2017

Hollande has no plans to replace Tusk, aides say

François Hollande does not want to chair the European Council when he steps down as French president in May, aides said yesterday (19 January), denying a report that he hoped to succeed Donald Tusk in overseeing negotiations on Britain's exit from the EU.
Elections 18-01-2017

Outgoing president warns Bulgaria may lose EU Presidency

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev, whose term expires on Sunday, warned in his last speech in parliament today (18 January) that the country may lose its EU Presidency, "if it contributes to the division of the Union". EURACTIV.com reports, in partnership with Dnevnik.
Global Europe 12-01-2017

British spy behind Trump’s ‘kompromat’ also investigated EU’s Georgieva

EXCLUSIVE / Christopher Steele, a former Russia operations officer for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency who is purported to be the author of a dossier of allegations against US President-elect Donald Trump, has also investigated former Bulgarian Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, EURACTIV.com can reveal.
Digital 10-01-2017

Ansip: No guarantee Bulgaria will get the digital economy portfolio

Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip said today (10 January) he has only temporarily taken the digital economy portfolio from Günther Oettinger, but that there was no guarantee that this portfolio would go to the future Bulgarian commissioner, who is yet to be nominated.
Elections 10-01-2017

Tajani and Pittella neck and neck in race for Parliament presidency

The rejected bid of Italy’s 5 Star Movement to join the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament has hugely reduced the chances of Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to become the next president of the EU Assembly, research shows.