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Political - 2014133 articles out of 133.
18 Dec 2014 European Voice: Backlash against Juncker’s 2015 plans

16 Dec 2014 Huffington Post: Putin's next throw of the dice -- Prepare for the unexpected

16 Dec 2014 European Parliament approves Single Resolution Board members

16 Dec 2014 European Commission: A New Start - The 2015 Work Programme

15 Dec 2014 Euractiv: Juncker tells Britain to ease up on migrants

14 Dec 2014 Financial Times: Katainen warns politicians on EU investment scheme

11 Dec 2014 European Voice: Commission prepares 2015 work programme

11 Dec 2014 European Voice: Juncker’s €315bn fund exposes divisions

10 Dec 2014 European Voice: New ‘Lux Leaks’ increase pressure on Juncker

05 Dec 2014 European Commission proposed candidates for top management posts for the Single Resolution Board

05 Dec 2014 IPE: European Commission to fast-track Capital Markets Union reform

04 Dec 2014 European Voice: The wrong time for serious debate on the UK’s future

02 Dec 2014 Euractiv: Germany says Juncker plan short on cash and details

01 Dec 2014 Remarks by Donald Tusk at the handover ceremony with the outgoing President Herman Van Rompuy

26 Nov 2014 Policy Network: Brexit: The sleepwalking nightmare is upon us

25 Nov 2014 European Commission Draft Work Programme 2015

24 Nov 2014 Lux leaks: debate on motion of censure against President Juncker and his team

19 Nov 2014 Financial Times: Jean-Claude Juncker faces vote calling for his resignation

13 Nov 2014 European Voice: No winners if UK heads to the exit

12 Nov 2014 European Parliament: MEPs call for tax harmonisation and transparency on national tax rulings in 'Lux leaks' debate

11 Nov 2014 GUE/NGL seeks MEP signatures for motion for censure to Juncker Commission

04 Nov 2014 Reuters: Central bankers to challenge Draghi on ECB leadership style

31 Oct 2014 European Voice: Tusk puts his team together

31 Oct 2014 European Voice: The new European Commission – cabinets

27 Oct 2014 European Voice: Commission fights back against UK budget criticism

23 Oct 2014 President-elect Juncker's speech before the European Parliament

22 Oct 2014 European Voice: Juncker’s team confirmed after further portfolio changes

22 Oct 2014 European Parliament: Settle bills, invest more for growth and jobs: Parliament’s position on the EU budget for 2015

20 Oct 2014 Bloomberg: European leaders pivot to debt crisis after wake-up call

20 Oct 2014 Barroso: Europe’s unity is the best response to future challenges

20 Oct 2014 Euractiv: EP Budgets Committee Chair: 'EU debt goes against treaties'

19 Oct 2014 Reuters: France 'totally sure' budget will win EU approval

17 Oct 2014 Financial Times: BoE lashes out at EU bonus cap rules

14 Oct 2014 Bloomberg: Draghi’s ‘whatever it takes’ plan faces trial at EU court

14 Oct 2014 European Voice: Juncker accepts nomination of Violeta Bulc, plans reshuffle

10 Oct 2014 Reuters: An ‘atomic bomb’ is hovering over France’s economy

09 Oct 2014 European Commission: Replacement scenarios after rejection of Commission candidate Alenka Bratusek

08 Oct 2014 Financial Times: Europe’s leaders need to back shift on rules on public investment

07 Oct 2014 Second Hill Hearing at European Parliament, 7 October 2014

07 Oct 2014 Hearing of Jyrki Katainen at European Parliament, 7 October 2014

06 Oct 2014 Hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis at European Parliament, 6 October 2014

29 Sep 2014 EU Observer: Donald Tusk and the case for EU optimism

25 Sep 2014 EV: Juncker defends re-shaping of Commission

25 Sep 2014 FT: Hill prepares for Brussels’ baiting

25 Sep 2014 Sueddeutsche Zeitung: Juncker wants to mobilise €300bn

24 Sep 2014 Franco-German talks and comments upon French reform

18 Sep 2014 European Voice: Commissioners’ private offices start to take shape

18 Sep 2014 Germany: anti-euro AfD makes gains in regional elections

18 Sep 2014 EV: Cyprus leaders to speed up reunification talks

18 Sep 2014 European Voice: French government survives no-confidence vote

15 Sep 2014 Euractiv: MEPs could block Scotland's EU membership if it pushes for euro opt-out

11 Sep 2014 European Commission Portfolios and proposed structure: mixed reactions

11 Sep 2014 European Commission: proposed Commissioners' Posts and Structure

10 Sep 2014 Juncker's letter to Lord HIll

05 Sep 2014 European Commission: Confirmation Process and update

04 Sep 2014 EU top Jobs: Final candidate announced for Commission

04 Sep 2014 Tusk's Europe

03 Sep 2014 European Voice: Delay in approving new Commission positions

31 Aug 2014 European Voice comment: Six things to know about the EU's decision on top jobs

27 Aug 2014 European Voice: Women commissioners- Juncker struggles to reach eight

20 Aug 2014 European Commission: top job latest news

17 Jul 2014 EU: Top Jobs conundrum rumbles on and timetable falters

09 Jul 2014 European Parliament: ALDE Group assessment of the Juncker Hearing

06 Jul 2014 Key Jobs in European Parliament and Commission: latest

06 Jul 2014 European Voice: 'Europe does not belong to bankers' says Italian PM

03 Jul 2014 European Commission: Caretaker Commissioners announced until end of mandate period

03 Jul 2014 European Parliament: key jobs confirmed

01 Jul 2014 ACCA: Welcoming the Italian Presidency's priorities

26 Jun 2014 European Parliament: Party Groups outline their policy programmes and candidates for top jobs

26 Jun 2014 European Parliament: Finalisation of groups and appointments

23 Jun 2014 European Council priorities: Draft of Herman van Rompuy's strategy

19 Jun 2014 EV: Grand coalition shares out the spoils

12 Jun 2014 Reuters: Cameron's conservatives accept Germany's AfD into political bloc

11 Jun 2014 Reuters: Most Germans want Merkel to push for Juncker in EU top job - poll

01 Jun 2014 Merkel confirms support for Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President

01 Jun 2014 Merkel confirms support for Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President

28 May 2014 Reactions to the EP election outcome

27 May 2014 EU leaders refuse to be hurried by EP into early decision on new Commission president

27 May 2014 Schäuble: The State of Europe – What governance is needed in the EU?

22 May 2014 Run-up to the European elections

21 May 2014 Heads of State or Government to discuss election outcomes

14 May 2014 Reuters: Europe's centre-right leads by a sliver before EU election poll

14 May 2014 EV: French economy in focus in Commission presidency debate

12 May 2014 EESC presents action plan for Europe

09 May 2014 Dijsselbloem: How to build a stronger Europe

09 May 2014 FT Special Report: The future of the EU

09 May 2014 FT analysis: How the euro was saved

08 May 2014 Reuters: Two weeks before EU elections, 62 per cent 'not interested'

08 May 2014 EV: Van Rompuy prepares government leaders for dates with EU's destiny

30 Apr 2014 Coalition-building in the European Parliament will become more difficult

28 Apr 2014 First EU TV debate ahead of EP elections

25 Apr 2014 Troika infographic

18 Apr 2014 EU elections nearing

17 Apr 2014 EP: Transition from 7th to 8th legislature

16 Apr 2014 Juncker: New growth without debt - priorities as Commission President

14 Apr 2014 Schulz: Policies of the last five years have 'eroded trust' in the EU

08 Apr 2014 Election update: Joint declaration by EPP, S&D, ALDE on Commission Presidency

04 Apr 2014 Rutte: National parliaments have greater legitimacy than EP

27 Mar 2014 Election update: S&D/EPP neck and neck; Front National gains support in French local elections

27 Mar 2014 Making the European elections more democratic and boosting participation – Ground is prepared, say two Commission reports

13 Mar 2014 VP Reding: Europe - Strengthened from the crisis, weakened for the European elections?

12 Mar 2014 Election update: Juncker to head EPP campaign; Verhofstadt confirmed as EDP candidate; Socialists narrowly in the lead

08 Mar 2014 President Barroso: European recovery – Local solutions

12 Feb 2014 WSJ: Top EU regulator backs returning national powers

11 Feb 2014 The countdown has started: 100 days to go until European elections

11 Feb 2014 EP elections: Candidate for Commission President should reflect voters' choice

05 Feb 2014 EP elections: Race for top EU jobs speeds up

04 Feb 2014 Right-wing populist parties forge alliances ahead of the EP elections

04 Feb 2014 Right-wing populist parties forge alliances ahead of the EP elections

04 Feb 2014 Right-wing populist parties forge alliances ahead of the EP elections

30 Jan 2014 European elections: Still no EPP front-runner; primary 'debacle' for Greens

28 Jan 2014 President Barroso: "Let's fight together for a stronger, more united and open Europe"

23 Jan 2014 European elections: Verhofstadt sole ALDE candidate; still no clear EPP front-runner

21 Jan 2014 Commissioner Barnier: "I don't rule out going even further to consolidate Europe's social base"

20 Jan 2014 Parliament Magazine/Schulz: Commission candidate race 'real chance'

15 Jan 2014 Update on candidates for Commission President

07 Jan 2014 EUobserver: The rise of anti-EU parties and the crisis of confidence

07 Jan 2014 Comments on the EP elections in May 2014


Political - 201337 articles out of 37.
03 Dec 2013 VP Reding: Towards a federal Europe

01 Dec 2013 EESC/Malosse: It's time to rebuild hope in Europe

23 Nov 2013 ECB/Cœuré: The political dimension of European economic integration

18 Nov 2013 President Barroso: The political implications of European economic integration – Towards a political union

08 Nov 2013 President Barroso: From 1946 till today – a European success story. Why leadership matters

03 Nov 2013 Schulz: Why I am running for President of the European Commission

03 Nov 2013 Schulz: Why I am running for President of the European Commission

30 Oct 2013 Reuters: EU's Barroso warns of racism and xenophobia ahead of European elections

25 Oct 2013 EUobserver: EU vote not decisive on Commission President, says Merkel

03 Oct 2013 Commissioner Šemeta: Europe at a crossroad

03 Oct 2013 President Barroso: Repatriation of powers "impossible"

03 Oct 2013 President Barroso: Repatriation of powers "impossible"

01 Oct 2013 Commissioner Barnier: Euroscepticism needs to be taken seriously

23 Sep 2013 Reform the EU or repatriate its powers?

17 Sep 2013 Commissioner Andor: Reconstruction in Europe

17 Apr 2013 Irish president Michael D Higgins: We need new economic models to overcome the crisis

07 Mar 2013 FT: Political centre at risk as eurozone fears revive

06 Mar 2013 Polish President: Stronger EU answer to crisis

04 Mar 2013 Dutch government: Reform the EU from within, not from the sideline

04 Mar 2013 Dutch government: Reform the EU from within, not from the sideline

31 Jan 2013 Washington Post: Dutch government - Countries must be allowed to exit European Union, European treaties, euro

28 Jan 2013 Commissioner Andor: Europeans want and deserve a monetary union with a human face

18 Jan 2013 Irish Minister for European Affairs calls for greater democratic accountability in the EU


Political - 20122 articles out of 2.
20 Nov 2012 Plenary Session: Accountability is vital to future Economic and Monetary Union, say MEPs

15 Nov 2012 EESC: "Effective participatory democracy is needed to restore credibility to the EU"