European Parliament

First pan-European projections on the new 2019-2024 Hemicycle

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According to the projected exit polls from 11 EU member states, the estimated projections show EPP in first power, S&D in second place, while ALDE, projected along with French president Emmanuel Macron's Renaissance comes third and Greens/EFA fourth....

France’s Le Pen comes out ahead of Macron’s party according to EU exit polls

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Marine Le Pen's far-right Rassemblement National party won the most votes in the European Parliament election in France, two exit polls showed on Sunday, in an upset to both the domestic and European ambitions...

EU election participation highest in 20 years

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European Parliament Spokesperson Jaume Duch announced that preliminary figures point to the highest turnout in an EU election participation in the last 20 years and the first significant increase since the first inaugural EU polls in 1979. The...

European elections initial estimates for Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Ireland and Malta

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Austria: Exit polls at 18:00 National parties Percentage (%) ÖVP - Österreichische Volkspartei (EPP) 34.50% SPÖ - Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreich (S&D) 23.50% FPÖ - Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (ENF) 17.50% GRÜNE - Die Grünen - Die Grüne Alternative (Greens/EFA) 13.50% NEOS - NEOS - Das neue Österreich (ALDE) 8.00% JETZT - JETZT - Liste Pilz 2.00% Other parties - Other parties 1.00% Cyprus: Exit polls at...

Farage referred to EP Advisory Committee

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European Parliament President Antonio Tajani referred Brexit Party head Nigel Farage to the Advisory Committee on the Code of Conduct of MEPs. The alleged breach of the EU's code of conduct by Farage stems from allegations that...

Swedish right-wing MEP removed from EU list after reporting on inner-party sexual harassment

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The far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) removed European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) MEP Kristina Winberg from their EU list of candidates ahead of this week’s European elections after accusing her of disloyalty to the party following...

European Parliament elections: Running the numbers

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On the 18 April, the European Parliament published the last round of seat projections before the upcoming elections – the first and only set of projections that take account of the participation of the...

Europe and India could form a game-changing partnership

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On the sidelines of last week’s European Business Summit, New Europe’s Irene Kostaki sat down with Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, President, Global Corporate Affairs of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons, to talk Europe, the future of...

Puigdemont cleared to run for the European Parliament

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Three Madrid courts overturned a ban by Spain’s electoral authority to allow the fugitive former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and two of his former cabinet ministers to run in the forthcoming European elections on...

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...