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Austrian President calls on race row MEP to stand down

08.04.14 @ 09:29

Austrian President Heinz Fischer has waded into the race row engulfing the far-right Freedom party, calling on the party's top candidate to withdraw from next month's European elections because of racist comments. ...

Six commissioners head for EU election campaign trail

03.04.14 @ 08:11

Six EU commissioners will officially hit the campaign trail later this month as part of their candidacies for May's European elections. Economic affairs chief Olli Rehn, justice commissioner Viviane Reding, industry ...

EU ElectionsFar-left set for big gains in European Parliament elections

24.03.14 @ 11:44

Europe's far-left is set to almost double its deputies in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May. Poll predictions indicate that the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group is set to become the ...

EU ElectionsJuncker and Schulz in favour of eurobonds

17.03.14 @ 09:29

Eurobonds - a controversial debt mutualisation project fiercely opposed by Germany - are being supported in the long run by both the centre-right and centre-left top candidates in the EU elections. In a double-interview ...

EU ElectionsLiberals unveil new Monti-backed Italian coalition

10.03.14 @ 09:29

The EU's Liberals have unveiled a new Mario Monti-backed Italian centrist coalition, as the party attempts to fight back against dismal poll ratings that threaten to make it one of the biggest losers in May's European ...

EU ElectionsJuncker elected centre-right's top EU candidate

07.03.14 @ 19:12

The centre-right European People's Party on Friday (7 March) chose Jean-Claude Juncker, an EU political veteran and former head of the Eurogroup, as its top candidate for the European Commission. "Experience. Solidarity ...

EU ElectionsCentre-right leaders to pick top EU commission candidate

06.03.14 @ 09:27

European centre right leaders are gathering in Dublin on Thursday and Friday (6-7 March) to select their top candidate for the post of European Commission President. With the Ukraine crisis taking over the EU agenda and ...

Far-left surge to outnumber Liberals in EU elections, suggests poll

05.03.14 @ 18:19

Europe's far-left are set to outnumber the Liberals in the next European Parliament, according to a pan-EU opinion poll published on Wednesday (5 March). In the second of a series of fortnightly forecasts in the three ...

EU ElectionsMillions could miss out on EU vote as registration deadline looms

27.02.14 @ 09:47

May's European elections may be three months away, but for those who are yet to register to vote, this week may be their final chance to make sure they get their hands on a ballot paper. Like the voting itself, which ...

AnalysisA political obsessive's paradise: A 28 nation opinion poll

20.02.14 @ 09:11

There are few things that political obsessives love more than opinion polls. On Wednesday (19 February), Brussels' army of amateur psephologists saw their dreams come true. A poll for all twenty eight EU countries. The ...

EU ElectionsPoll: Socialists to top EU elections, boost for far-right

19.02.14 @ 14:00

Europe's socialists are set to top the polls in May's European elections, according to the first pan-EU election forecast. The projections, released by Pollwatch Europe on Tuesday (19 February), give the parliament's ...

Interview'Baltic candidate' challenges Juncker for EU top job

17.02.14 @ 09:21

Conservative parties in the three Baltic states are supporting former Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis to take the pole position for the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) in the EU elections. Speaking ...

EU-wide protest movements set for gains in European elections

28.01.14 @ 18:56

Protest movements are emerging throughout the EU as more people reject established party politics in the lead up to the European Parliament elections, say researchers. “People no longer trust the system of party ...

Juncker battles to secure EU nomination

09.01.14 @ 19:23

Jean-Claude Juncker - who chaired eurozone meetings for some 10 years and who, until last year, was the EU's longest-serving prime minister - has again said he is keen to be the next European Commission chief. "I would ...

Samaras and Barroso show solidarity on 'anti-EU' parties

09.01.14 @ 11:48

Greek PM Antonis Samaras and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso have showed solidarity against what Samaras calls his "anti-EU" political enemies. Speaking at a launch ceremony for the Greek EU presidency on ...

OpinionBringing the EU's political debate to social media

07.01.14 @ 08:00

Three years ago, I moved from Silicon Valley to Europe. Since then I’ve met with countless politicians and civil society leaders in many nations – from Hungary to Germany, Jordan to Morocco – to learn about how they ...

Merkel allies keen to curb EU powers

30.12.13 @ 09:30

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian sister party, the Christian-Social Union (CSU), plans to call for fewer EU commissioners and less new EU legislation in next year's European Parliament elections. "We need a ...

Centre-right to table joint candidate for EU commission

19.12.13 @ 21:28

EU centre-right leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (19 December) agreed to a calendar for selecting a top candidate for the European Commission next year. The European People's Party - the ...

Wilders and Le Pen join forces on anti-EU group

14.11.13 @ 09:27

A political group uniting Europe's far-right and anti-EU forces has moved a step closer after Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders confirmed plans to work together ahead of next May's European elections. "Today is the ...

EU Greens launch US-style primary elections

11.11.13 @ 09:30

The European Greens on Sunday (10 November) selected four top candidates for US-style primaries ahead of the 2014 EU elections. People from all over Europe can cast their vote online in a process that will select two ...

Le Pen launches plan to unite the far right

23.10.13 @ 17:23

Europe's far-right parties are set to contest next year's European elections on a common manifesto, according to French National Front leader Marine Le Pen. At a press conference in the Strasbourg Parliament on ...

OpinionMEPs' shameful support for the Azerbaijan election

16.10.13 @ 15:53

European election observers announced starkly different assessments of the 9 October presidential election in Azerbaijan. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human ...

Top-level discussion glum on state of EU

03.10.13 @ 17:25

A clutch of academics, policy-makers and politicians gathered in Brussels on Wednesday (2 October) for a glum and angst-ridden debate on the state of the European Union. The discussion contained many of the perennial ...

AgendaMerkel in search of government deal this WEEK

23.09.13 @ 08:43

Most key EU policy decisions remain on hold this week while Angela Merkel is busy with negotiations on how to form a new coalition to govern Germany after Sunday's (22 September) general elections. European Commission ...

Barroso: Crisis inspired EU-wide debate

13.09.13 @ 09:29

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said his State of the Union address laid out a pro-European narrative for political groups to follow in the lead up to the European elections. Speaking to a group of ...

EU parliament unveils €16mn 'go and vote' campaign

10.09.13 @ 16:25

The European Parliament on Tuesday (10 September) began a €16-million effort to persuade people to go to the polls in next year's EU election amid rising unease about ever decreasing voter turnout. The campaign, to run ...

AgendaEU election campaign to be unveiled this WEEK

06.09.13 @ 19:34

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will assess the political and economic health of the EU next week as the 28-member bloc shows slow, but fragile, signs of recovery from its crisis. In his fourth "State ...

Greece could need extra €10bn from bailout

26.08.13 @ 16:13

Changes to Greece's EU bailout programme could be worth over €10 billion, Germany's European commissioner said Sunday (25 August). Guenther Oettinger, a member of chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat (CDU) ...

MEPs keen to shine spotlight on EU elections

04.07.13 @ 19:11

The European Parliament on Thursday (4 July) agreed a series of proposals designed to highlight the first-ever political race for the post of European Commission chief. The resolution urges European political parties to ...

Give pan-EU parties TV airspace, MEPs say

28.05.13 @ 19:42

European political parties should be allowed to make political broadcasts in European Parliament elections next May, according to a report backed by MEPs on Tuesday (28 May). The report - drafted by Andrew Duff, a ...

Greens launch US-style primary for EU top jobs

17.05.13 @ 09:01

The European Greens will hold US-style primary elections to select their candidates for the EU's top jobs at the next European elections. At a press conference in Brussels on Thursday (16 May), the co-chairs of the ...

Cameron under pressure after eurosceptic party makes gains

03.05.13 @ 09:41

David Cameron will come under increasing pressure to bring forward plans for an 'in/out' referendum on EU membership, after the UK Independence party made its strongest ever showing in local government elections. With ...

Commission unveils plans for noisier EU elections

13.03.13 @ 09:29

The European Commission on Tuesday (12 March) unveiled a series of proposals to make the next European elections a pan-European political event rather than an also-ran quasi national poll with an embarrassingly low ...

Labour wins by a landslide in Malta

11.03.13 @ 09:27

Joseph Muscat's Labour party romped to victory in Malta's general election on Sunday (10 March), ending 15 years in opposition. With counting well under way, results indicated that Labour had claimed 55 percent of the ...

Italy in turmoil after election delivers hung parliament

26.02.13 @ 07:03

Italy was plunged into turmoil on Monday (25 February) after parliamentary elections delivered a hung parliament with firebrand comedian, Beppe Grillo, holding the balance of power. The political paralysis, which seems ...

US 2012 - A digital campaign for a digital age

20.11.12 @ 09:18

Whether it is food, sport or politics, Americans don't do small scale. Indeed, American political parties were the first to establish rapid rebuttal units, responsible for instantly checking and refuting accusations ...

FocusContinent's youth more 'European' than their parents, poll says

15.11.12 @ 09:30

Young people are more likely to consider themselves "European" and to be engaged with the bloc's politics, according to an analysis released on Wednesday (14 November) by survey-group Eurobarometer. Forty-six percent of ...

Four more years: Obama claims decisive win

07.11.12 @ 08:37

Barack Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States after claiming a close but decisive victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. With Florida the only close state yet to be formally declared, Obama ...

Obama holds slight edge as America goes to the polls

06.11.12 @ 18:15

The US Presidential election hangs on a knife-edge as America goes to the polls on Tuesday (6 November) but pundits are giving Obama a slight edge in most of the swing states that will decide the election. Polling ...

AnalysisAntiquated but decisive - how America votes

06.11.12 @ 08:47

There is something satisfying about an election process that sees people vote and find out who their new leaders are on the same day. Most European elections are not so clear cut - the proportional or preferential ...

New rules to boost profile of European political parties

12.09.12 @ 17:29

The EU Commission on Wednesday (12 September) unveiled plans designed to give a legal boost to European political parties as they gear up for the 2014 elections, expected to be a watershed date for the politicisation of ...

Tough talk on Europe as Dutch go to polls

12.09.12 @ 08:39

When Mark Rutte last week on live TV was asked whether he would do everything to keep the eurozone together, he said no. The caretaker prime minister of the Netherlands, debating with contenders for today's elections ( ...

Euroscepticism in decline, poll indicates

07.09.12 @ 09:24

Euroscepticism is receding amongst Europeans who also want EU lawmakers to promote job creation and welfare schemes ahead of debt reduction,according to a poll published Thursday (6 September). According the ...

Dutch set to defy austerity as left takes poll lead

24.08.12 @ 19:54

The left-wing Socialist party is expected to seize the largest gains in September's Dutch elections, threatening to deprive German Chancellor Angela Merkel of one of her closest allies in response to the eurozone debt ...

AnalysisStarting gun sounds for EU elections 2014

09.08.12 @ 17:39

May 2014 might seem a long way off for ordinary folk, but not for budding MEPs. The next European elections will not reach public consciousness for at least 18 months, but the MEP selections, as well as the slow process ...

OpinionNo more integration without more representation

25.06.12 @ 18:00

Despite the many calls in recent months for another great leap forward in European integration, remarkably little attention is being paid to the EU’s growing democratic deficit. As a result, the EU is moving ever closer ...

Europe's left-wing turn worries markets

07.05.12 @ 09:26

With a Socialist president in France and a strong popular mandate in Greece for re-negotiating the terms of its bail-out, the German-driven focus on budget discipline in Europe may have to soften. The euro traded at its ...

Video'We still want change'

30.04.12 @ 08:50

People from all over the world are expected to take to the streets on 12 May to celebrate the first anniversary of the Spanish 'indignado' movement protesting economic austerity measures. Brussels-based 'indignados' ...

Brussels to breathe sigh of relief after French vote

20.04.12 @ 18:01

The first round of France's presidential elections on Sunday (22 April) will bring Brussels a step closer to resumption of normal business, with the EU capital on something of a political lock-down as the campaigning ...

MEP cries foul on Greek pay-out to political parties

11.04.12 @ 09:27

The leader of the Liberal group in the EU parliament, Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, has asked the European Commission to justify letting Greece dish out €29 million to its top political parties. The Greek parliament on ...