European Parliament

WIFI4EU company on EU institution tour – contracts, services, service providers

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It’s sometimes difficult to gauge what is, and isn’t appropriate for Kassandra. Our measuring stick, cannot always be an objective look at stories. It is sometime the feedback we get from spokespersons and press...

Orban’s closure of CEU taps into memories of Europe’s darkest past

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The European project is failing. And with it, the dreams of a stable, peaceful, and united Europe. The latest blow against the concept of European unity has come not from the pro-Brexit hardliners in...

Barnier says Britain’s future at stake with vote over Brexit deal

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EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has sounded the alarm bell in the European Parliament, warning officials about the dangers that lie ahead if the British House of Commons fails to pass the Brexit agreement...

Udo Bullmann, head of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

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With trust in the European institutions at one of its lowest ebbs, Socialists and Democrats leader, Udo Bullmann, sat down with New Europe’s Irene Kostaki to discuss how the party plans to rebuild Europeans’...

Greens pick Keller, Eickhout as duo to battle for 2019 electoral battle

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Ska Keller, a 37-year-old German politician, and Bas Eickhout of The Netherlands were elected as the European Greens' co-lead candidates as they weigh into a crowded field of contenders all jockeying to be the next EU Commission...

How Poland could return to the EU fold

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Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has finally taken steps to comply with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) decree ordering it to reverse some of the judicial “reforms” that took effect in...

Why Italy’s newly proposed budget is the right step forward

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New Europe’s Federico Grandesso spoke exclusively with Massimo Bitonci, Italy's Under Secretary for Economy and Finance, who underlined the positives of the Italian budget plan that was recently rejected by the European Commission, and also discussed some weaknesses that...

EU Parliament boosts support for whistleblowers

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The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs has approved protection measures to establish the rights of whistleblowers and journalists across the bloc to report breaches of EU law in the fields of tax evasion, corruption, public health...

MEPs set new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency

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The European Parliament on November 13 approved a binding target date of 2030 for setting the level of renewables in the bloc at 32% and the indicative target for energy efficiency at 32.5%, both of...

Clean the EU before the European elections

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I used 29 years in the European Parliament to clean the institutions and establish transparency with colleagues in the SOS Democracy inter group. We achieved many reforms over the years. It is possible to...

EPP’s Weber in the driver’s seat?

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Two months after announcing his candidacy to lead the party in the upcoming European Elections as the European People's Party’s (EPP) top candidate to take over for current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in next...

Timmermans confident he will become the next Commission president

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European Commission's First Vice-President Frans Timmermans believes, as the candidate for the Party of European Socialists (PES), the main European party of the centre-left, that he is the best candidate to represent a Europe that protects...

ALDE leader Verhofstadt launches billboard campaign against Hungary’s Orbán

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Guy Verhofstadt, head of the liberal group ALDE in the European Parliament, has launched an advertising campaign against Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán using a mobile billboard on the streets of Brussels to denounce the...

A Pandora’s box of corruption

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During the European Parliament’s last Strasbourg session, one vote did not go unnoticed: the rejection of the Parliament plenary to waive the immunity of the leader of the European Parliamentary Group of the EPP...

The Brexitisation of European politics

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Far from settling the question of the United Kingdom’s future, the 2016 Brexit referendum and subsequent negotiations with the European Union have triggered a full-blown identity crisis and culture war in Britain. Two years...

Europe’s coming year of reckoning

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Politically, 2019 will be an extraordinarily important year for the European Union. The United Kingdom is currently on track to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. And, following elections to the European Parliament in May,...

European parliamentarians endorse resolution to ban neo-Nazi and right-wing extremist groups

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With the number of hate crimes and xenophobic parties growing across the continent, members of the European Parliament passed a resolution in Strasbourg that condemned the lack of serious action against extremist groups, including...

Juncker says Romania must battle corruption before taking over EU rotating presidency

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed the EU Executive's growing concerns over rollbacks in the rule-of-law and breakdowns in the fight against corruption in Romania just over two months ahead of Bucharest taking over the...

Looking Romanian Justice in the Eyes

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Do you consider yourself a politician, or a civic leader? I am a Romanian. As a former intelligence officer, I was trained to fight terrorism that could affect Romania and other EU allied and partner...

Opinion: Will Europe be fooled by Ukrainian government once again?

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When it comes to fooling people at home and abroad, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has no equals. After derailing all other law enforcement reforms, he is planning to sabotage Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court, which is currently being selected. To...

Salvini and Le Pen call for a European Freedom Front, keeping Bannon at bay

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At a joint press conference with Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini in Lyon, France, the two leading members of the right-wing Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group made clear that their distinctly...

Is the European Parliament money machine cracking down on Salvini?

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It’s that time of year that the political parties and their foundations are being audited for their expenditures by the European Parliament’s DG Finance and then rubber stamped by the European Parliament’s Political...

Drain the EU Swamp

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Populist leaders have long made gains by posing as the alternative to a “corrupt elite” that enriches itself at the expense of “the people.” According to the populists, only they can restore decency to...

Commission VP Timmermans challenges Romania over rule of law

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Responding to accusations from the European Commission's first Vice-President Frans Timmermans about threats to the rule-of-law in Romania, the country's Prime Minister, Viorica Dăncilă, lashed out at European Parliamentarians on October 3 saying any hint that the government...

Greek head of European Parliament office suspended due to OLAF investigation

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The head of the European Parliament's information office in Athens, Leonidas Antonakopoulos, with two other officials, has been suspended as a result of an ongoing investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The deputy spokesman...

MEPs increase EU budget for youth and migration, but cuts Turkey’s accession funds

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MEPs sitting on the EU's Budget Committee in the European Parliament have decided to boost funds for students taking part in the popular Erasmus+ programme, as well as for climate protection, research, tackling migration,...

Will Italy Destroy the Eurozone?

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Eurosceptic discourse is now mainstream in Italy. The current government is a coalition that encompasses both the left and right traditions of sovereigntist politics. The economy is at the epicentre of this discussion, with the...

EU General Court rejects request for access to MEPs’ expenses

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The EU's Luxembourg-based General Court has denied a request by a group of journalist who had formally asked the court to grant them access to gain access to the monthly expenses of European parliamentarians. The decision...

EU’s Jourova demands release of Ukrainian political prisoner in letter to Russia’s justice minister

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Four years after open combat erupted between Ukraine and Russia, the battleground has largely shifted to the murky world of cyber warfare, black ops, and targeted arrests. Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was arrested in his native Crimea...

Regulating cash transfers at the EU’s external borders to prevent crime

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Over the last few years, Europe has suffered unprecedented terrorist violence that has killed hundreds of citizens, while also experiencing a rise in cross-border organised economic crime. The experience shows that one of the...

EU Commission President backs target cuts for CO2 emissions by 2030

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The European Union has proved its global responsibility by “relentlessly defending the Paris Agreement on climate change,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his state of the union speech at the European Parliament...

Commission welcomes European Parliament’s vote to strengthen Structural Reform Support Programme

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The European Commission welcomed a recent vote by the European Parliament to increase the budget of the bloc’s Structural Reform Support Programme by €80 million, which will enable the EU to respond to increased...

European Parliament votes to censure Orban over rule of law violations in Hungary

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's often toxic relationship with the European Union came to a head on September 12 when the European Parliament decided to trigger the so-called Article 7 procedure under EU law which would...

European Parliament adopts copyright directive for digital age

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An intense day at the European Parliament wrapped up on September 12 after the MEPs entered a lengthy voting session to decide on a Copyright Directive that would modernise intellectual property rights and bring them in line...

Juncker details vision for Europe in last State of the Union speech

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Speaking before the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the last time before his term expires in May 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the bloc's MEPs to no longer take their international alliances...

Orban lashes out at European Parliament’s ‘attack on the Hungarian people’

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Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on September 11 rejected criticism of his staunchly nationalistic policies by his colleagues in the European Parliament and accused the parliamentarians of trying to blackmail both him and his country after the EU...

Copyright reform: Money vs more money

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One of the most contentious legislative battles in recent EU history comes to a close this week. Proposals to reform the rules for copyright in Europe have seen countless letters, emails, tweets and insults...