European Parliament

Turkey drilling offshore Cyprus escalates tensions in East Med

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ATHENS – The European Union and the United States expressed their concerns with Turkey's intention to drill within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), a move that could escalate tensions in the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean...

Hungary’s Orbán withdraws support for Weber candidacy to lead Commission

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has withdrawn his backing for Manfred Weber, the German-born lead candidate for the post of president of the European Commission for the European People's Party (EPP) after Orbán claimed that Weber...

The Realities of the European Council

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The nomination for the next President of the European Commission is dominating political analysis in Brussels and beyond. Most focus on the European Parliament’s elections, which is understandable as it is the new legislature...

EU Parliament approves €160 bln for future science and technology programmes

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In their last meeting before the May 23-26 elections, EU Parliament deputies have taken a series of decisions on the bloc’s signature research programmes and gave the green light to Horizon Europe - research funding platform...

EU Parliament backs environment and climate action funding

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The European Parliament vote on funding for the environment and climate action will help protect the environment and mitigate climate change, supporting a clean energy transition with increased energy efficiency and a higher share...

EU Parliament backs additional protection for whistleblowers

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A new EU-wide standard for protecting whistleblowers was approved by the European Parliament on 18 April, a move that will see the bloc extend high levels of protection via so-called "safe channels" to report breaches...

Juncker says Europe ‘needs to be loved’

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While giving his last plenary speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Europe needs more affection from those who live in the bloc. "Europe has to be loved," said Juncker in Strasbourg...

Tusk tells MEPs that UK could still do a U-turn on Brexit

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European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that the UK might give up on actually following-through with Brexit and went so far as to urge British politicians to start working towards reversing the process before the...

Klaus Welle puts donation box for Notre-Dame in European Parliament, after French pledge hundreds...

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In an email sent to the staff of the European Parliament yesterday, the institution's Secretary General, Klaus Welle, asked staffers to contribute some money so that the Parliament can make a gesture in helping efforts...

New in Strasbourg: The European Parliament yachting club

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Well not quite. But the City of Strasbourg has launched a new pilot project in Strasbourg to "further expand and diversify environmentally friendly commuting options to the European Parliament buildings in Strasbourg". During the pilot phase, the City...

Sweden’s teenage climate activist challenges European lawmakers

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In a speech Following the catastrophic fire that ripped through Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sweden's teen climate activist Greta Thunberg gave an impassioned speech on Tuesday where she challenged Europe's leaders to take the threat of climate change...

Armed neo-Nazi group issues death threat to Guy Verhofstadt

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Last Thursday, the neo-Nazi group Feuerkrieg Division (FKD), inspired by James Mason’s Siege and the Atomwaffen Division, posted propaganda on their Gab account calling for acts of violence against Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt. In addition...

Malta’s values in the heart of Europe

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Between the EPP’s quasi-compromise with Viktor Orbàn, and Theresa May’s pseudo-success in getting an Brexit extension, leaders from around Europe found their way to Brussels last week to discuss the Union’s future and the...

Polls point to a limited populist advance in the next EU parliamentary elections

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The centre-right is set to remain the biggest group in the EU legislature after elections in May, according to a survey by the European Parliament that still shows the European People’s Party (EPP) will...

EU Parliament toughens CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans

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Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted on 27 March plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers. MEPs and EU ministers have agreed on...

MEPs rethink copyright vote, blame buttons for errors

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The European Parliament's vote on 26 March concerning a landmark copyright law did not, according to the voting results, receive a unanimous endorsement from EU legislators, as the controversial bill was pushed through with only...

Tusk asks MEPs to back British voters who want to remain in the EU

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European Council President Donald Tusk urged MEPs to act the European voice of the “increasing majority” of British people who want to cancel Brexit and stay in the EU. “You cannot betray the six million people...

MEPs adopt new rules making EU electricity market cleaner

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New rules making the EU's electricity market fit for the future and putting the consumer at the center of the energy transition were approved by the European Parliament on 26 March - an important...

EU’s controversial overhaul of online copyright laws receive final MEPs approval in Strasbourg 

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The European Parliament has given its final approval to the bloc's Copyright Directive after years of debating and intense lobbying from both sides of creators and the tech giants. The controversial legislative package, which was...

European Parliament bans unpaid internships

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The European Parliament has issued a ruling that MEP offices from using unpaid internships beginning in July. Future trainees will be hired directly by the parliament and given a compensation package that includes health insurance...

Political tides and the European Election parking lots

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Major socio-political changes are neither planned nor premeditated. They are usually triggered by unforeseen circumstantial mistakes, and when these occur it is already too late. The May 2019 European elections may prove catalytic to future...

EPP votes in a landslide to suspend Fidesz

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After nearly a decade of constant attacks against the European institutions and repeated proclamations that he wants to build an illiberal democracy in Hungary that is modelled on Vladimir Putin's Russia and Turkey under...

Indefinite suspension of Orban’s Fidesz from EPP seems likely

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An indefinite suspension of Fidesz, the Hungarian right-wing party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, from the European People's Party (EPP) is becoming more likely after the Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) new chief, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, weighed...

European Parliament says Russia is no longer ‘a strategic partner’

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In the more than five years after Moscow invaded and illegally annexed neighbouring Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, relations between the European Union and Russia have soured to the point that the two sides, along with...

Orban apologises to fellow EPP parties

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sent a letter to the presidents of political parties who want to exclude him from the European People's Party (EPP) to apologize for treating them as "useful idiots”. Orban...

Tajani takes back Mussolini praise after public backlash

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After coming under fire for comments that appeared to praise Italy's 20th-century Fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani apologised “to all those who may have been offended by what I said, which in no...

MEPs oppose Nord Stream-2 in European Parliament resolution

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While taking into consideration the EU's current relations with Russia, the European Parliament on 12 March adopted a non-binding resolution by a 402 to 163 margin, with 89 abstentions, to oppose the Nord Stream-2 underwater natural gas...

Parliament and Council reach environment and climate funding deal

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The Parliament and Council of the European Union have reached a provisional agreement on the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027. The funding will...

European Parliament adopts Cybersecurity Act to counter Chinese IT threat

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European parliamentarians approved at the Strasbourg plenary a certification on cybersecurity for products, processes, and services sold in EU countries and, in a separate resolution, expressed concern over the threat that Chinese technology poses to...

Weber vs Juncker: What was wrong with the old change?

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European People’s Party’s Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber has been reminding us on a daily basis the proximity of May’s European elections. The countdown started on the 100-day mark and it has been counting down since,...

European Parliament leaders back Kövesi for chief prosecutor job

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European Parliament leaders threw their weight behind the candidacy of Romania's former anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruța Kövesi to be the first-ever EU chief prosecutor. The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents, including Antonio Tajani and the leaders of...

EU funding to support climate and environmental goals

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The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Development committees have adopted their joint position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), supporting development, climate and environmental goals. The Parliament improved on the European...

Commission accepts deal on improving SME’s access to capital markets

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As part of Capital Markets Union, the European Commission accepted an agreement reached by the European Parliament and the bloc's 28 members on helping Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with gaining further access to capital...

EPP and S&D numbers slip according to new EU Parliamentary projections

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Small changes in the seat projections of the European Parliament were made public on Friday with the European People's Party (EPP) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) combined numbers hitting a...

EPPO showdown between Bohnert and Kovesi for Chief Prosecutor heats up

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The EU's lawmakers have begun to finalise this assessment of the three shortlisted candidates for the position of the EU’s first chief prosecutor, the person that will lead the new European Public Prosecutor's Office...

Low-carbon benchmarks deal reached by EU Council and Parliament

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The European Parliament and the Member States reached a political agreement on February 25 on a new generation of low-carbon benchmarks needed to help boost investment in sustainable projects and assets. The European Parliament and...

EPP’s Weber calls for anti-Semitism pact

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The European People's Party (EPP) lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidat, Manfred Weber has expressed his deep concern about the growing tide of anti-Semitism that has swept Europe in recent years, calling for conjoined efforts against anti-Semitism. Weber, who...