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AgendaBarroso commission finishes This WEEK

27.10.14 @ 09:18

A quiet week is kicking off in Brussels, with the outgoing commission meeting for the last time on Wednesday (29 October) and a farewell party for president Jose Manuel Barroso at the museum of fine arts (Bozar) Monday ...

New commission sees greater role for Juncker deputies

10.09.14 @ 14:57

The new EU commission will have a less centralised power structure, with Jean-Claude Juncker delegating more responsibilities to his deputies. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday (10 September) to present his ...

Juncker set to unveil new commission

09.09.14 @ 18:06

The new EU commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is to present his new team and their posts on Wednesday (10 September). With the carve-out of portfolios still ongoing on Tuesday, there is little certainty as to who ...

Names list for new EU commission complete

04.09.14 @ 20:09

The list of proposed new EU commissioners is now complete, with enough women for the European Parliament to approve the 28-strong team led by Jean-Claude Juncker. With Romania finally deciding on Thursday (4 September) ...

Cameron faces new EU referendum backlash

01.09.14 @ 09:22

David Cameron is under new pressure from a eurosceptic backlash inside his Conservative party, amid reports that up to 100 of his MPs will promise to vote for Britain's withdrawal from the EU after the next election. ...

Divisive Erdogan to become Turkish president

11.08.14 @ 09:28

Outgoing Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will become the country’s first directly elected president after securing a decisive victory in Sunday’s (10 August) poll. With 99 percent of ballot boxes counted, ...

Interim commissioners pass EU parliament test

15.07.14 @ 09:31

Former Finnish PM Jyrki Katainen and three other interim commissioners-to-be were grilled by MEPs on Monday (14 July) before taking up their posts for the next four months. Katainen, who will replace economic affairs ...

EU summit may decide only on foreign policy chief

14.07.14 @ 09:28

Leaders meeting on Wednesday (16 July) are likely to pick only the new EU foreign policy chief, with a decision on the successor to Council head Herman Van Rompuy “possibly” delayed until autumn. According to one EU ...

Four EU commissioners give up posts, become MEPs

02.07.14 @ 10:22

Four out of the seven commissioners who were elected to the European Parliament quit their jobs on Tuesday (1 July) in order to become MEPs. Luxembourg's Viviane Reding, until now commissioner for justice and ...

FeatureSchulz: King of Parliament (and backroom deals)

01.07.14 @ 18:43

In April, Socialist Spitzenkandidat Martin Schulz could hardly have been clearer. "The days of the Commission president being nominated by a backroom deal are over," he told his fellow candidates, and the media. On ...

Post EU ElectionsCameron defiant following Juncker defeat

27.06.14 @ 19:31

UK Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that he had no regrets and would "do it all again," despite being soundly defeated in his bid to prevent Jean Claude Juncker becoming the next President of the European ...

Post EU ElectionsWho is Jean-Claude Juncker?

27.06.14 @ 19:19

Britain's tabloid The Sun portrayed him as "the most dangerous man in Europe". Prime Minister David Cameron linked Britain's EU membership to him, while other leaders and MEPs said that without him as Commission chief, ...

Post EU ElectionsCentre-right: Socialists cannot get three top posts

26.06.14 @ 19:45

Centre-right leaders and MEPs said on Thursday (26 June) the Socialists cannot get three EU top posts, while indicating a preference for the EU Council job. Outgoing Dutch MEP Corien Wortmann-Kool, who took part in the ...

Post EU ElectionsEU leaders to vote Juncker as commission chief

26.06.14 @ 07:14

EU leaders are likely to put Jean-Claude Juncker at the helm of the next European Commission at this week’s summit despite British opposition. But they are not expected to assign the other top jobs in a traditional ...

Post EU ElectionsCameron to force vote on Juncker nomination

24.06.14 @ 09:29

UK prime minister David Cameron is to force EU leaders to vote on whether to appoint Jean Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission at a summit later this week. "I had a full and frank ...

Post EU ElectionsSpitzenkandidaten risk politicising EU commission, advisers warn

17.06.14 @ 09:15

The EU commission has officially endorsed the top candidates (Spitzenkandidaten) process for finding President Jose Manuel Barroso's successor, but two commission advisers say it could undermine the institution's ...

AgendaEU top jobs talks continue this WEEK

16.06.14 @ 09:29

EU top posts consultations continue this week, with council chief Herman Van Rompuy in Rome and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt in Berlin for talks ahead of the 26-27 June summit. Van Rompuy will meet Italian Prime ...

Post EU ElectionsEP leaders tell Van Rompuy to nominate Juncker

12.06.14 @ 21:32

Leaders of the main political groups in the European Parliament on Thursday (12 June) told EU council chief Herman Van Rompuy to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as the next EU commission president or face an "institutional ...

Schulz in danger of being shut out from EU top jobs

12.06.14 @ 11:33

Socialist Spitzenkandidat Martin Schulz is in danger of being shut out of the top jobs in the EU institutions, just weeks after opinion polls suggested the European elections could propel him towards the European ...

Post EU ElectionsJuncker opponents: Focus on reforms, not names

10.06.14 @ 13:52

Failing to agree on Jean-Claude Juncker as next EU commission president, the leaders of Germany, Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands on Tuesday (10 June) said it was important to focus on EU reforms rather than names. ...

Post EU ElectionsJuncker 'will not kneel' before Brits

06.06.14 @ 09:29

EU commission president-hopeful Jean-Claude Juncker has not given up on his bid for the post despite British opposition, but EU leaders are nowhere near an agreement on him. Speaking at a meeting of centre-right MEPs on ...

OpinionEuropean tremors have only begun

05.06.14 @ 09:27

When President Obama arrived in Poland earlier this week, it was as two decades of uncritical integration exuberance had faded in Europe. Instead of Brussels, the old continent is again led by a handful of core ...

Post EU ElectionsEU states at odds over Juncker

02.06.14 @ 09:28

Jean-Claude Juncker may have been endorsed by Germany for the European Commission top job, but Italy and France have signalled opposition, while Britain has warned about the consequences of choosing the former ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel endorses Juncker after all

30.05.14 @ 18:52

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (30 May) gave her first clear endorsement of Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the EU commission, after criticism back home about EU leaders ignoring the ...

Post EU ElectionsEU leaders decline to endorse Juncker

28.05.14 @ 01:45

EU leaders on Tuesday (27 May) tasked council chief Herman Van Rompuy with exploring who could fill top EU posts and gather a majority in the European Parliament, with consultations set to last at least until the end of ...

Post EU ElectionsCommissioners return to uncertain future despite their EP election

27.05.14 @ 20:24

The EU commissioners that stood for election to the European Parliament returned to work after they were all elected on Sunday. Economic affairs chief Olli Rehn, justice commissioner Viviane Reding, industry chief ...

Post EU ElectionsEU leaders digest anti-establishment vote

27.05.14 @ 08:16

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (27 May) are still digesting the result of EU elections, which saw anti-establishment parties winning in Britain, France, Belgium, Greece, and Denmark and making gains in ...

AnalysisThe Spitzenkandidaten – this time was it different?

26.05.14 @ 19:20

The billboards that surrounded the European Parliament's buildings in Brussels proclaimed "this time it's different". That, at least, was the idea. One thing that is beyond dispute is that the 2014 campaign was ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel: 'I don't decide who gets the Commission post'

26.05.14 @ 15:55

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (26 May) downplayed the chances of Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next Commission president, as she emphasised that a majority is needed in both the European Parliament and ...

OpinionEP elections: A Union divided

26.05.14 @ 11:09

What many observers believed to be the most important European elections since the introduction of direct universal suffrage in 1979 has ended up confirming what many have feared or known for quite some time: Europe is ...

Juncker declares victory in race for Commission presidency

26.05.14 @ 02:33

Jean-Claude Juncker declared victory in the European elections on Sunday (25 May), and staked his claim as the first man in line to claim the European Commission presidency. With partial results and exit polls ...

Post EU ElectionsEU turnout nearly unchanged from 2009

25.05.14 @ 23:56

A 0.09 percent increase in the turnout compared to the last EU elections has been celebrated as 'historic', but some experts see a link to the strong anti-establishment vote in many countries. The 43.09 percent figure ...

Post EU ElectionsUkip surge in local elections ahead of EU poll

23.05.14 @ 18:48

Nigel Farage's Ukip made its strongest performance in local elections in its twenty year history, raising expectations that the anti-EU party is poised to win Sunday's European elections. UK voters went to the polls on ...

AgendaPost-election wrangling kicks off this WEEK

23.05.14 @ 16:42

EU leaders will meet in Brussels Tuesday (27 May) to discuss the outcome of the EU and Ukrainian elections, kicking off the nomination process of the next European Commission chief. The day starts at 11.30 with a ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel: Voters elect next commission chief 'in principle'

22.05.14 @ 21:47

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (22 May) made conciliatory gestures towards the European Parliament on the choice of the next commission president after Sunday's EU elections. In an interview with Passauer ...

Post EU Elections2014 European elections: latest projections of seats in the Parliament

22.05.14 @ 10:05

How will the European Parliament look after the European elections on 22-25 May? The latest estimate (25/ May - 23:39 CEST) from the European Parliament is based on polling results from TNS Opinion. It predicts the ...

Post EU ElectionsEU-disillusioned Portuguese see little point in voting

22.05.14 @ 09:50

Abstention looks set to be the most certain winner in Portugal's European Parliament election, with a majority of voters unlikely to bother voting on Sunday (25 May). The indifference comes after three years of ...

Centre-right to win EU vote, by hair's breadth

20.05.14 @ 17:55

Europe's centre-right will secure a narrow 16-seat victory in this week's European elections, according to the final pan-EU opinion poll by PollWatch. Based on Tuesday's poll (20 May) the European People's Party (EPP) ...

Post EU ElectionsEP voting behaviour shows divisions in far-right camp

20.05.14 @ 17:51

The voting record of seven far-right and anti-EU parties represented in the outgoing European Parliament shows larger divisions than among centrist parties who grouped together, according to a study published Tuesday ( ...

FocusEU top job candidates back new strategy on gay rights

19.05.14 @ 22:09

European Commission President candidates say they back an EU-wide strategy to support the fundamental rights of gay people. All but one responded to EUobserver's questions on implementing a roadmap for the LGBT [lesbian ...

Post EU ElectionsNew pro-EU party appears on British right

19.05.14 @ 09:28

A new UK political party, the 4 Freedoms party, is hoping to win a seat in the European Parliament with a pro-EU stance. Its name takes its inspiration from the EU's freedoms of movement for people, goods, services and ...

AnalysisSurvey spotlights pro-EU Brits, anti-EU Italians

16.05.14 @ 08:55

The good news was that over 50 percent of Europeans had a favourable view of the EU. The bad news that most Europeans still think that the EU is remote, doesn't listen and is inefficient. That, at least, was how most ...

Post EU ElectionsBuses, selfies, posters: EU campaign in full swing

16.05.14 @ 08:49

After weeks on the campaign trail with Jean-Claude Juncker in 18 different countries, there is some fatigue kicking in. "Our wives don't know us anymore, we don't know where our bed is," jokes Martin Selmayr, the centre ...

Post EU ElectionsLeft and Right trade blows on economy in EU election debate

16.05.14 @ 08:38

The five candidates bidding to become the next European Commission president traded blows over Europe's economic past and future, in the last televised debate before next week's European elections. The debate, held in ...

Public support for EU rising ahead of elections

13.05.14 @ 09:28

Public support for the European Union is seeing a gradual recovery, just in time for next week's European Parliament elections, according to a new survey of seven EU nations. The study by the Pew Research Centre, a ...

AnalysisPower struggle looms after EU vote

12.05.14 @ 09:12

In just over three week's time the European elections will be over but a new process will have just begun – an immense power struggle between the EU  institutions. It will involve two different approaches on how to ...

Post EU ElectionsGerman TV duel gives flavour of EU grand coalition

09.05.14 @ 09:25

It seemed like a gathering of old friends. Jean-Claude Juncker from the centre-right European People's Party and Martin Schulz from the Social-Democrats are both pro-European, both from the same generation and both ...

EUobservedNo fireworks, we're European – the EU presidential debates

02.05.14 @ 09:15

They were the first US-style televised debates for the EU's top job, and it showed. On Monday (28 April) the candidates (not to mention the debate moderators themselves) were visibly nervous. The two most likely ...

Post EU ElectionsEU rivals square off in first presidential debate

29.04.14 @ 09:24

The main candidates to become the next President of the European Commission squared off on Monday night (28 April) in the first of two live TV debates ahead of May's European elections. The European economy, foreign ...

AgendaEU top candidates debate twice this WEEK

28.04.14 @ 09:27

Campaigning for the EU elections gets in full swing this week, with two debates scheduled among the four top candidates for the European Commission: Jean-Claude Juncker from the centre-right European People's Party, ...

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