European Parliament

Hungary and Romania need to send other Commissioner candidates after new European Parliament vote

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In a morning vote on 30 September 2019, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted that Commissioners-designate from Hungary and Romania cannot stay on. The two separate votes pertained to whether the Commissioners-designate are...

Von der Leyen faces dilemma as OLAF concludes Polish Commissioner-designate Wojciechowski must return €11,243

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The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has concluded its investigation of Polish Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski and recommended the European Parliament recover €11,243 that had been unduly paid to him while he was a Member of...

Kövesi to be the first EU Public Prosecutor

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Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on appointing Laura Codruţa Kövesi, MEPs’ preferred choice to be the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday. The negotiations between the European Parliament and the...

The mother of all hearings

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As soon as the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed on 10 September that Hungary’s former Minister of Justice Laszlo Trocsanyi was her proposed Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy, alarm...

EP president urges Italian government to let all migrant ship passengers disembark

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The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has urged the Italian government to allow the Open Arms migrant ship to dock on the island of Lampedusa and allow the more than 100 illegal...

Bosnia’s authorities draw cautious praise from Brussels after agreeing to form Council of Ministers

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Nearly 10 months after Bosnia and Herzegovina's last round of elections, the leaders of country's three main ethnoreligious groups finally reached an agreement to form a central government on 4 August, news that the...

Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation and a threat to Europe

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If Europe is serious about combating antisemitism, the Lebanon-based global terror group Hezbollah must be stopped in its tracks. As we marked on 18 July the seventh anniversary of the suicide bombing in Burgas,...

Ursula von der Leyen is the new president-elect of the European Commission

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Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's current defence minister, has won the backing of enough Members of the European Parliament to be named the president-elect of the European Commission. The 60-year old, Brussels-born German, a close ally...

EU could be in for a difficult summer if von der Leyen is not...

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Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial vote in Strasbourg, the EU may be left in the lurch as it will be caught in the mid-summer season without a solid path forward if Ursula von der Leyen, the nominee...

Green deal emerges as a core policy for von der Leyen during latest hearing

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Germany's defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, the top candidate to become the next president of the European Commission promised on Tuesday a so-called "green deal” to be launched during the 100 first days of her...

Von der Leyen’s future as European Commission president hangs in the balance

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A day before the European Parliament votes on Ursula von der Leyen's candidacy for the European Commission presidency, the German defence minister is preparing a keynote speech to be delivered on Tuesday. Von der Leyen is hoping to...

Socialists and Liberals set conditions to support Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission candidacy

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The leader of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, Iratxe Garcia, called for institutional reform to strengthen the power of voters and the role of the European Parliament in the forthcoming...

Left in the EU parliament won’t support von der Leyen’s Commission bid

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European Parliament MEP's from the Left have said they will not support Ursula von der Leyen's candidacy for the European Commission presidency. European United Left/Nordic Green Left's acting president Martin Schirdewan said the MEPs have “grilled” von...

Final list of Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs of European Parliament

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The European Parliament Committees met today to elect their Chairs and Vice-Chairs after intense horse-trading between the political Groups this week. New Europe brought you provisional lists prior to the votes, but here we...

Renew Europe MPs do not guarantee support for von der Leyen

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The president of the liberal group Renew Europe, Dacian Ciolos, confirmed on 11 July that his group's MEPs vote is not to be taken for granted in support of Ursula von der Leyen after the...

Update: All the Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the European Parliament revealed

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New Europe is now able to bring you a near-complete partial list of those you can expect to find chairing committees in the new European Parliament based on internal party and institution documents. The...

Renew Europe to block Fidesz and PiS nominees in parliamentary committees

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The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament is set to block Fidesz and PiS nominees in parliamentary committees. At today's group meeting members of Renew Europe unanimously adopted a proposal to vote against candidates of...

Revealed: Who is going to chair the European Parliament’s Committees

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*Edit: A newer and more complete version of this list is available here. New Europe brings you a partial list of those you can expect to find chairing committees in the new European Parliament. As...

Tusk blasted at Strasbourg on EU top jobs decisions

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The outgoing president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, head of the EU-28 table that proposed the German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen for Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission president job, joined MEPs during their...

Europe can help restore Ukraine’s trust after PACE decision

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The recent decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – PACE – to return the Russian delegation to full parliamentary assembly activities sparked an extremely negative reaction from the majority of...

Italian Socialist David Sassoli is the new President of the European Parliament

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Italian Socialist David Sassoli was elected Wednesday to the presidency of the European Parliament for a term of two and a half years. His election, after two rounds of voting, could facilitate the approval...

Sassoli is 7 MEPs short of a majority; will face Zahradil in second EU...

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The newly-elected European Parliament is set to decide on who will lead the Chamber during the next legislature. During the first round, David-Maria Sassoli, an Italian member of the Socialists & Democrats bloc at the...

EU Parliament Socialists nominate Sassoli in crisis meeting

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The EU press corps that travelled to Strasbourg to witness the first chamber meeting of the new parliament were caught by surprise as the European Council’s top jobs package caused a meltdown. "We know this is...

Weber drops EU top job bid as Europe’s leaders abandon Spitzenkandidat process

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The group president of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, has ended his bid to become president of the European Commission after the leaders of the EU moved to abandon the lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidaten, system. During the EPP Group...

S&D’s Bullmann drops group bid, paves way for García

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The outgoing leader of the second largest group in the European Parliament, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Udo Bullmann, announced on 17 June that he has dropped out of the group presidency race.In...

EU considers freezing Customs Union negotiations with Turkey

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Amid growing concerns about the aggressive offshore drilling activities that are currently being carried out near the Cypriot coast by the Turkish government, the European Union is mulling putting Ankara's accession chapters under discussion ahead of the European Council...

Loiseau won’t run for presidency of Renew Europe

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Nathalie Loiseau, the leading MEP from French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party, has vowed not to run for the presidency of Renew Europe, the newly renamed group of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in...

Enlargement, going back to square one

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North Macedonia and Albania are inexorably tied by the delay in their long course to join Europe, yet for different reasons. Albania has the perpetual problem of narcotics production that cannot be overcome unless Tirana...

Did Weber unwittingly throw himself under the bus?

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Before all of the European election ballots have been counted and all of the new Members of the European Parliament seen their names in the official results, the EPP Group has already rushed to...

Weber to lead the EPP in EU Parliament, 10 Vice-Presidents elected

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In a clear vote of support for Manfred Weber, the Members of the European People's Party (EPP) Parliament Group re-elected Weber as the group's president. With 179 MEPs elected from the 23-26 May 2019 elections,...

In defence of the Spitzenkandidaten process

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Emmanuel Macron is right when he does not trust that Manfred Werber would be a good President of the European Commission. I would certainly not vote for Weber: during his campaign he remained grey,...

Council numbers crunching

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The hunting season has officially been declared in the aftermath of an informal dinner on 28 May between the leaders of the EU after the European Parliament elections, which itself followed an earlier attempt...

EPP is ready to compromise, while Barnier’s candidacy is rejected by the Greens

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Shortly before a Brussels meeting of Europe's leaders, the top candidate of the centre-right, Manfred Weber, appears ready for a compromise. As the lead candidate for the European People’s Party (EPP), Weber said on Tuesday...

Weber’s EU Commission bid in doubt after key meeting called off

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In an attempt to take the lead in the discussions about the EU top jobs ahead of a Tuesday gathering of the EU-28's leaders, the German-born lead candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP), Manfred Weber,...

Timmermans’ Labour Party rebounds in The Netherlands

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The Dutch Labour Party rebounded as the biggest party of the centre-left in The Netherlands, gaining a 19% share of the vote and six of 26 seats in the European Parliament. Only two years ago, the party had...

European Parliament inevitably heads towards EPP-led four-party coalition

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It's game on for the four leading parties coming out of the European Parliament elections, as chances are very slim that any three-party coalition could constitute a stable, or at least comfortable, majority. With the traditional frontrunners, namely the centre-right...

Tsipras calls snap elections in Greece after 9 percentage point EU election defeat

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The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has called for snap elections in Greece after a landslide defeat by nearly 10% from the main opposition party, Nea Dimokratia. Suffering a larger than anticipated loss, Tsipras was responding...