July 11, 2019

The 751 newly-elected MEPs have had their debut in Strasbourg last week, where they attended the first plenary session of the 2019-2024 parliamentary legislature. This session, together with the upcoming one in the week starting on 15 July, have the main purpose of set...

July 5, 2019

So it is over. The marathon that was the European Council Extraordinary Summit to nominate the leaders of the European institutions wrapped up on 2 July in the afternoon - with some unexpected announcements for those kept on their tenterhooks throughout the entire proc...

June 26, 2019

European Council President Donald Tusk was right last week to feel “more cautious than optimistic”, as European leaders could not unite behind a candidate to propose for the Presidency of the European Commission.

Despite lengthy talks and negotiations, at 2am on Friday...

May 15, 2019

With the European elections only days away, speculation on who will lead the European institutions is increasing. Whilst the lead candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission and the candidates for the European Parliament are facing each other in debates ac...

May 15, 2019

Ahead of the elections, the party groups sitting in the European Parliament announced who their pan-European lead candidate will be – the ‘Spitzenkandidat’, informally making them the face of their respective campaigns. The Spitzenkandidat whose party bloc can form a m...

May 9, 2019

The European Parliament's approach to digital and cultural policy is set to be renewed with an influx of new MEPs and a shift in the balance of power of political groups. The headline is that whilst only a small number of influential MEPs on the outgoing Culture and Ed...

May 8, 2019

The upcoming European Parliament elections (23-26 May) will be a defining moment for the European Union.

Clearly there is no doubt that populist and far-right parties have strengthened their grip on national politics in Member States. Whether and to what extent this wil...

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