As key European elections loom ever closer, we've taken a look at who could land the EU's top job in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker is the current president of the European Commission but a group of hopefuls are jostling to succeed him after the May poll. Political groupings in the European Parliament have named their spitzenkandidat, which is German for the lead candidate of a party. It also lends its name to the process for choosing the next EU Commission president, which we've explained in detail here. Here are the candidates so far: European People's Party (EPP) Manfred Weber Manfred Weber is known as a moderate power broker in Brussels and began his political career at the age of 29 when he became Bavaria’s youngest parliamentary member in 2003. Weber was elected leader of the EPP in 2014. At 41, he was the youngest group leader in the European Parliament at the time. He was born in Landshut, Bavaria, West Germany in 1972, and graduated with a degree in engineering from a … [Read more...] about European Parliament elections 2019: who are the candidates for the EU’s top job?
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Spain was until recently one of the few European countries without significant support for a far-right party. All that changed last December when the populist VOX Party won seats in the regional parliament. With the party expected to take seats in the EU elections in May – the controversy seems to have arrived ahead of them. “Our rights are not negotiable” was the message on display at the European Parliament on Wednesday. A powerful message from a group of Parliament officials protesting a conference involving the far right Spanish political party VOX. Joined by MEPs, the protesters called out VOX’s alleged homophobic and anti-feminist attitudes. A Spanish MEP for the European Free Alliance called their presence a “shame for democracy”. “It is a shame for the European Parliament that there is a racist, homophobic, xenophobic party that incites hatred in these facilities today”. Entitled “Catalonia: A Spanish Region”, the … [Read more...] about Right wing VOX party already ruffling feathers at the European Parliament
The elections for the European Parliament will be held from May 23 until May 26 2019, with voters selecting 705 MEPs to serve for the next five years. Those chosen will spend their time between European parliaments in Strasbourg and Brussels, tasked with passing EU laws and approving its budget, along with the European Council, which comprises the heads of state of each country. MEPs also represent individual countries or regions but in parliament sit in transnational groups according to political ideology. To vote, the registration deadlines vary. Take a look at the infographic below to find out more. … [Read more...] about Voter registration deadlines for European Parliament elections: Don’t miss your chance!
Turnout for European Parliament elections has been on a downward trend ever since the first poll forty years ago. There are many arguments put forward to explain this, including the complexity of understanding how Brussels works. To help you get your head around this spring’s European elections, we’ve put together this handy explainer. What is happening? Voters across the European Union will go the polls to select the 705 MEPs to serve in the European Parliament for the next five years. When is the vote? As you will discover, European elections are a smorgasbord of different systems, with a distinctly disjointed approach. It’s no different for when voters go the polls: for most, it will be Sunday, May 26; for others the 23rd, 24th or 25th. How will Brexit affect things? It’s already meant the number of MEPs for the next five-year term being reduced to 705, down from 751 during the 2014-2019 period. The biggest beneficiaries have been France and Spain, who will … [Read more...] about European Parliament elections 2019: all you need to know about how they work
Elizaveta Peskova, the daughter Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, is currently serving as an intern for French MEP Aymeric Chauprade (pictured above with Marine Le Pen) in the European Parliament in Brussels, Euronews has learned. Chauprade, a former advisor to Marine Le Pen in international affairs, told Euronews that Peskova, the daughter of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, had been interning in his office since November but that she did not have access to any confidential information. He said that Peskova has been concentrating on non-EU topics such as Senegal, adding that he has no intention of firing the 21-year-old. A spokesperson for the European Parliament, Marjory van den Broeke, confirmed to Euronews that Peskova doesn't have any access to sensitive documents concerning the EU. Speaking to the AFP, Chauprade said that Peskova, who studies law in France, was paid €1000 a month like all the other interns and that she did not work in the EU/Russia delegation to which he … [Read more...] about Daughter of Putin’s spokesman works for French MEP in European Parliament, Euronews has learned