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The European elections à la carte!

Agence Europe is launching a special section on its website for the European elections 2024: our journalists will be taking you behind the scenes of the main political parties in the run-up to this crucial event. With the exception of a few articles which are free to read, access is reserved for our subscribers.

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Depending on current events, our editorial team dedicates several articles to each political party and to the electoral process in general. If an article concerns all political parties or no political party in particular, it will automatically be included in your search.


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The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament welcomed new MEPs at its first meeting after the European elections on Wednesday 12 June.

Croatian Stjepo Bartulica of the Fatherland Movement (Domovinski Pokret), Cypriot Geadi Geadis of the National Popular [...]

The fate of the German party Alternativ für Deutschland (AfD) - whether or not it will be reintegrated into the Identity and Democracy political group in the European Parliament - was not decided when the leaders of the leaders of the member parties of the ID party met on [...]

Meeting in Brussels on Tuesday 11 June, the heads of the national delegations of the liberal ALDE party indicated that they were “ready to assume the leadership responsibilities within the Renew Europe parliamentary group” in the European Parliament.  According to them, the results of [...]

After a first post-election meeting and despite a numerical defeat, Europe’s Greens are ready to negotiate and commit themselves to a greener and more democratic Europe, while remaining vigilant in the face of the rise of far-right forces.

On Wednesday 12 May, the Greens/EFA Group held its [...]

The latest projections published on Wednesday 12 June by the European Parliament services show that the EPP political group would win three more seats than estimated on 10 June (see EUROPE B13428A7), giving a total of 189 seats (+13 compared to the outgoing Parliament). The S&D Group [...]

The leadership of the Party of European Socialists, which met online on Monday 10 June to assess the results of the 2024 European elections, congratulated PES joint candidate Nicolas Schmit on his election campaign, according to a press release.

During the meeting, the PES, which is chaired [...]

On Tuesday 11 June, at the first meeting of Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (CoP) following the European elections, the presidents of the pro-European political groups in the European Parliament - EPP, S&D, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA - gave their backing to the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ [...]

Four European Commissioners on their respective national lists were elected in the European elections on Sunday 9 June: - Latvia’s Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission; - Romania’s Adina Vălean, in charge of transport; - Lithuania’s Virginijus [...]

Pascale Joannin, a political scientist and Director General of the Robert Schuman Foundation, was kind enough to provide an initial analysis of the political and institutional dynamics at work following the European elections on the afternoon of Monday 10 June (interview by Émilie [...]

Around fifty MEPs from twenty-six parties in fifteen Member States have yet to formally join a political group in the European Parliament or decide to sit as non-attached members. This is the case of the six elected MEPs of Sahra Wagenknecht’s BSW Bündnis party in Germany, the three [...]

The President of the Renew Europe group, Frenchwoman Valérie Hayer, admitted to the European Parliament on Monday 10 June that her group had suffered significant losses in the European elections, particularly in Spain and France (see EUROPE B13427A3). But she welcomed the fact that it was [...]

The leading candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) of the European People’s Party (EPP), Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, is still refusing to reveal her post-election strategy for a second mandate as head of the European Commission.

At a press briefing on Monday 10 June in Berlin at the [...]

The AfD party, which came second in Germany, announced on Monday 10 June that its head of list, Maximilian Krah, who had already been suspended from campaigning, would be excluded from the party’s delegation to the European Parliament due to a series of scandals.

According to a party [...]

Elected as an MEP on Sunday 9 June, Italian far-left activist Ilaria Salis, who has been deprived of her liberty in Hungary, is expected to invoke her parliamentary immunity and be released.

Under Article 9 of the Protocol on the “Privileges and Immunities of the European Parliament”, [...]

Will the European Union’s climate ambitions be hampered by the weaker influence of the environmentalists in Parliament? Following the elections, with the latest figures confirming a loss of 18 seats for the Greens/EFA group, Ursula von der Leyen, the German leader of the EPP list, was keen [...]

Support Ursula von der Leyen’s candidacy for the presidency of the European Commission, yes, but on condition that her election does not depend on Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s party and her conservative Fratelli d'Italia party... No sooner had the ballots been counted than the [...]

The European elections of 6 to 9 June, marked by a surge of the far-right in several countries, caused a political earthquake in France, without upsetting the major political balances within the Strasbourg hemicycle.

Estimates on Monday 10 June confirmed a rise for the nationalist and [...]

The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) considers that the European elections, which took place from 6 to 9 June, were “competitive”, “offering voters a wide choice of political alternatives”, in preliminary conclusions published on Monday 10 June. [...]

Buoyed by their new victory in the European elections held from 6 to 9 June, the European Christian Democrats are convinced that they are best placed to put pressure on the heads of state or government of the countries of the European Union to ensure that their lead candidate [...]

The Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) won the European elections of 6 to 9 June, according to the latest estimates published in the early hours of Monday 10 June. The EPP had 176 seats before the elections, or 24.9% of the total number of MEPs. With 184 seats out [...]

As predicted by the latest polls, the Party of European Socialists succeeded, on Sunday 9 June, in maintaining its position as the second largest political family in the European Parliament after the Christian Democrats of the European People’s Party (EPP) (see EUROPE B13426A1).

With 139 [...]

The results at 2.45 am on Monday 10 June confirmed the projections of recent months for the Greens, who have lost 19 seats in the European Parliament. Down to 52 elected members, a figure slightly below the latest projections by Europe Elect, which estimated 55, the Greens/EFA group has [...]

As predicted in the polls for several months, the centrist-liberal Renew Europe group has lost a significant number of seats (-22) compared to the 2019-2024 legislature, but it could just manage to retain its third place in the European Parliament hemicycle, with 80 seats, according to the [...]

The Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group managed to hold on to its seats in the European Parliament in the elections held from 6 to 9 June, according to the latest estimates published on the night of Sunday 9 to Monday 10 June. From 69 to 73 seats, the ECR becomes the fourth political [...]

The nationalist right is one of the winners of the European elections. In the European Parliament, the ‘Identity and Democracy’ (ID) group could, according to the European Parliament’s latest forecasts (figures at 2.45 am on Monday 10 June), win 58 seats out of 720, or 8.06%, but [...]

Thirty-six MEPs sitting in The Left Group in the European Parliament were elected on Sunday 9 June, following a ballot in which almost 51% of voters in the 27 member countries of the European Union took part.

According to the most recent projections, the radical left family has lost one seat [...]

Nearly 51% of European voters turned out to cast their ballot in the June 2024 elections, announced the European Parliament on Sunday 9 June following the poll, or just 0.5 percentage points more than in 2019 (50.5%).

This is the second consecutive European election to record an increase [...]

With the latest projections giving them a gain of 138 seats on the evening of Sunday 9 June, the European Socialists entered the final stretch of the European election campaign on Friday 7 June with relative confidence that they would secure their place as the second largest European [...]

Despite their optimism throughout the election campaign, the candidates in the centrist-liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament are well aware not only of the polls, which have been predicting them losing seats for months, but also of the internal tensions rekindled by the [...]

While a green wave swept the European Union in 2019, this momentum seems to have faded, with polls showing a significant drop in support for the ‘European Green Party’ over the past few months. 

As a result, the environmentalists could see their representation fall sharply after the next [...]

With the European elections already underway, the signs are good for Europe’s far-right parties, but it is unclear how they will be organised in the next European Parliament. 

According to the europeelects.eu website, the ‘Identity and Democracy’ (ID) group could obtain 69 elected [...]

Between the European elections taking place from 6 to 9 June and the constituent session of the European Parliament to be held from 16 to 19 July in Strasbourg, 6 weeks will pass during which the European Parliament’s political groups will re-form, new groupings could emerge and a [...]

The team of researchers from the Robert Schuman Centre at the European Institute in Florence who developed the EU&I 2024 app compared the programmes of the European political parties and the opinions expressed on European issues by almost 150,000 users of the app (see EUROPE B13412A25).

While [...]

As in 2014 and 2019, the Christian Democrat political family is hoping to emerge victorious from the European elections, which take place from 6 to 9 June. If the results confirm the pre-election polls, the European People’s Party (EPP) will confirm its position as the largest political [...]

Is the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, a candidate for a second term in office under the flag of the European People’s Party (EPP) (see EUROPE B13422A9), falling into the trap set by the far right? This is the premise put forward by the European Green Party [...]

In a long article published on Friday 31 May, the European investigative media Follow the Money revealed that more than three-quarters of the funding received by European political parties between 2019 and 2022 came from unknown sources.

Political parties in the European Union received [...]

At the initiative of Democracy International and FIDE, more than forty civil society organisations are calling on the candidates in the European elections to stress the importance of strengthening the participation of European Union citizens in shaping European policies. They ask them, if [...]

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has reaffirmed his desire for MEPs from his Fidesz party to join the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group after the European elections, in an interview with the French magazine Le Point published on Thursday 30 May (see other news).

On Wednesday 29 May, the Belgian federal judicial police searched the home and Brussels office of a former assistant to far-right MEP Maximilian Krah (ID, German), as part of an investigation into MEPs and Parliament staff who were allegedly approached and paid to promote Russian propaganda [...]

The next President of the European Commission must not collaborate with far-right forces, warned German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday 24 May at a meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Luís Montenegro. Asked by journalists about collaboration with the far right, he said it was [...]

France’s Marine Le Pen, who chairs the Rassemblement National (RN) group in the French National Assembly, which is attached to the Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament, called on Giorgia Meloni, President of the Italian Council and President of the European [...]

On Thursday 23 May, the nine elected members of Germany’s far-right AfD party were expelled from the Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament following scandals involving an AfD leader, Maximilian Krah.

The executive committee of the Identity and Democracy Group in [...]

According to a Eurobarometer survey published by the European Commission on Thursday, 23 May, the proportion of European citizens who trust the European Union has risen (49%, +2 pp), whereas [the level of trust] has fallen for national parliaments (36%, −3 pp) and national [...]

On Thursday 23 May, the main leaders of the European party lists outlined their programmes in a final electoral debate organised at the European Parliament, with just over 2 weeks to go before the elections.

While the positions taken by Ursula von der Leyen (German) for the EPP, Nicolas [...]

The Chairwoman of the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament, Valérie Hayer, has hardened her stance on the possibility of expelling the Dutch liberal party VVD from the political family after the latter formed an alliance with the far-right PVV party on 16 May (see EUROPE [...]

On Wednesday 22 May, the French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) confirmed that it had “broken away” from its German counterpart Alternative for Germany (AfD), with which it sits in the same group in the European Parliament. “The AfD goes from provocation to provocation. [...]

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) party met in Madrid on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May for the ‘Europa Viva 24’ convention ahead of the European elections in June. As well as outlining the themes and positions it defends in its programme, the party also called for an [...]

At the invitation of the Bruegel think tank and the Financial Times, a number of candidates heading the lists of European families debated, on Tuesday 21 May, the economic priorities for the next legislative cycle in Brussels as well as the means of financing them.

The candidates from the [...]

At the beginning of May, the European University Institute in Florence launched the EU&I 2024 application, enabling Internet users to find - anonymously and free of charge - the political parties closest to their ideas and values, in their own country as well as in the other Member States of [...]

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) political group in the European Parliament has announced that it will not be taking part in the debate on the European elections on 23 May. Contacted by Agence Europe on Thursday 16 May, one of the group’s representatives pointed out that [...]

On Tuesday 14 May, the Chair of the Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament, Italian Marco Zanni, and the leader of the European party, Belgian Gerolf Annemans, asked the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, to “kindly urge“ the European [...]

On Wednesday 15 May, a European source explained to a group of journalists, including Agence Europe, that if there were a risk of manipulation of information in the run-up to the European elections from 6 to 9 June 2024, the ballot should be secure.

We see that there is a risk (...), but [...]

The Union of European Federalists (UEF) and the Jean Monnet Association are calling on the pro-European political groups that will be formed in the European Parliament after the June elections, to make their support for the political figure who will be appointed to preside over the European [...]

The leaders of the S&D, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA and The Left groups in the European Parliament are calling on all European democratic parties “to firmly reject any normalisation, cooperation or alliance with the far-right and radical parties”, in a statement published on [...]

The ‘Party of European Socialists’ (PES) has pledged “never” to form a coalition with the far right at European level, in a declaration adopted on Saturday 4 May at an electoral event in Berlin.

We will never cooperate nor form a coalition with the far right! This also means: no [...]

Almost a month before the European elections, the European Green Party held a meeting in Brussels on Friday 3 May entitled ‘Choose Courage’, the slogan of its campaign. The main candidates, including co-Spitzenkandidaten Bas Eickhout and Terry Reintke, presented their strategies for [...]

Ursula von der Leyen, the German candidate to head the European People’s Party (EPP) list for the European elections in June, did not rule out, on Monday 29 April, the possibility that if she is re-elected as head of the European Commission, she will seek to include sovereignist movements [...]

Ursula von der Leyen, the candidate to head the list of the European People’s Party (EPP), intends to run a more personalised election campaign to help people understand who she really is and what values she stands for in the run-up to the vote at the beginning of June.

But it is not clear [...]

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) party unanimously adopted its election manifesto at an ECR Council meeting in Strasbourg on the evening of Tuesday 23 April. It has also decided not to put forward a ‘Spitzenkandidat’ for the post of President of the European Commission [...]

On Friday 19 April, German Christian Democrat Ursula von der Leyen, the leading candidate on the European People’s Party (EPP) list for the European elections in June, lifted the veil of uncertainty by announcing her participation in the first debate between ‘Spitzenkandidaten’, which [...]

Italian Ilaria Salis, who has been detained in Hungary for thirteen months on charges of assaulting a neo-Nazi activist, is standing as a candidate in Italy’s European elections on the Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra list. “Her candidacy is a positive symbol for the battle of rule of law and [...]

TheEuropean Conservatives and Reformists(ECR) party has decided to postpone the adoption of its manifesto for the European elections, according to one of its representatives, contacted by Agence Europe on Wednesday 17 April. Initially scheduled for Wednesday 17 April (see EUROPE [...]

Given the current geopolitical situation, more than eight out of ten Europeans (81%) believe that voting in the European elections is becoming more important, and more than seven out of ten (71%) say they are likely to go to the polls, according to the results of a Eurobarometer survey [...]

On Friday 12 April, the ‘European University Institute’ in Florence decided to cancel the debate between candidates heading the lists of European parties, originally scheduled for Friday 24 May. Among the reasons given are that it was too close to the Eurovision Debate that is to take [...]

Nicola Procaccini, co-president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) in the European Parliament, told Agence Europeon Wednesday 10 April that the ECR party may soon be appointing a ‘Spitzenkandidat’ for the European elections. He also shared his vision of the European [...]

On Tuesday 9 April, the EPP, the Greens/EFA, the Party of European Socialists, the European Democratic Party, the ALDE, the Party of the European Left and the ECR Group signed the code of conduct for the 2024 European Parliament elections, pledging to respect “ethical and fair campaign [...]

On Sunday 7 April in Athens, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned against “Putin’s friends” within the European Union, those “populists and demagogues” who, she says, are trying to rewrite the history of Russia’s military aggression against [...]

Giorgia Meloni, President of the Italian Council and of the ECR party, revealed that her party might put forward a candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, during the Porta a Porta programme, broadcast on Thursday 4 April on the Rai 1 television channel. “Ms von der Leyen [...]

The pan-European Volt party, which will present candidates in the June European elections in sixteen EU Member States, is determined to shake up Europe (their slogan: ‘We will rock EU’) and to get some elected representatives into the hemicycle of the European Parliament.

Meeting in [...]

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On Friday 5 April, the European Commission and the European People’s Party (EPP) announced that President Ursula von der Leyen’s current Head of Cabinet, the German Björn Seibert, will become director of her campaign as the EPP’s lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) in the European [...]

At an event organised by his party in Brussels on Thursday 4 April, Walter Baier, lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) of the Party of the European Left (PEL), called on the left to “unite in the European elections”, which will take place from 6 to 9 June. According to the Austrian [...]

Almost 2 months before the European elections, Netherland’s Bas Eickhout, co-Spitzenkandidatof the European Green Party, elected at the beginning of February (see EUROPE B13343A18) with German Terry Reintke, shares his experience and vision for the European Union, while the [...]

On Saturday 6 April in Brussels, the pan-European political party Volt will be electing a pair of leading candidates (‘co-Spitzenkandidaten’), one man and one woman, at an event to launch its campaign for the European elections in June.

Candidates include outgoing MEPs Damian Boeselager [...]

On Saturday 23 March at an Identity and Democracy convention in Rome, the leader of Italy’s Lega party, Matteo Salvini, and the president of France’s Rassemblement National, Marine Le Pen, warned that they will not be supporting Ursula von der Leyen in standing for a second term as [...]

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, stressed that the European Commission has “a calling to defend the general interest” and must rise “above parties and countries”, in order to therefore not be “over-politicised”. “This was not at all the case with this outgoing [...]

On Thursday 21 March, ECR MEPs signed a Charter of Values in Subiaco, Italy, reaffirming the fundamental values of the conservative political family. This charter sets out a series of fundamental principles of conservatism and confirms their commitment to “fostering a stable, just and [...]

On Thursday 21 March, the candidate of the European Socialist family, Nicolas Schmit, criticised the agreements that the European Union is signing with Tunisia (see EUROPE B13373A6) and Egypt (see EUROPE B13318A19), which provide for the outsourcing of the management of migration without [...]

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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) met at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March to adopt its manifesto for the European elections, to officially present German FDP MEP Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (see EUROPE B13368A7) as the party’s head [...]

The European liberal and centre-right family officially launched its “Renew Europe Now” campaign and platform on Wednesday 20 March in Brussels, in the presence of key figures from the political family such as Kaja Kallas, Věra Jourová, Didier Reynders and Thierry Breton. The subject [...]

The alliance of centrist, liberal and democratic parties, Renew Europe, which intends to position itself as “Team Europe” in the June elections, published its 10 joint priorities on Wednesday 20 March, the day it launched its campaign (see other news), to “continue transforming [...]

On the eve of the launch of the Renew Europe Now campaign for the European elections on Wednesday 20 March in Brussels, European Liberals, Centrists and Democrats officially presented their main candidates for the Renew Europe Group’s “Team Europe” in the European Parliament.

The [...]

The leader of La France Insoumise (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, said on France3 on Sunday 17 March, the day after his party’s first political meeting ahead of the European elections, that a union with the other parties of the left would be possible “if the people of the left vote for [...]

Nominated as the main candidate for the European Democratic Party (EDP) on 8 March (see EUROPE B13367A4), Sandro Gozi, the party’s current secretary general and a member of the Renaissancedelegation of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament since 2020, talks about his campaign [...]

On Monday 11 March, German MP Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann was nominated by the German Free Democratic Party (FDP) to become the lead candidate for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party at the European elections in June.

Her appointment follows the announcement of [...]

At the Leopolda 2024 Congress of European Democrats in Florence on Sunday 10 March, Matteo Renzi, former Italian Prime Minister and President of the centrist Italia Viva party, said that if elected to the European Parliament, he would propose voting against the re-election of the current [...]

On Monday 11 March, the EU Council approved the provisional political agreement reached with the European Parliament on 27 February on the transparency and targeting of political advertising (see EUROPE B13359A5). The text includes a series of provisions designed to combat the manipulation [...]

Danish MEP Anders Vistisen confirmed to Agence Europe on Friday 8 March that he would represent the European Parliament’s Identity and Democracy (ID) group in pre-election debates.

I am participating in the leading candidate debates as a representative of ID”, he explained.

He will [...]

Sandro Gozi, an Italian MEP and Secretary General of the European Democratic Party (EDP), was nominated on Friday 8 March in Florence as the EDP’s candidate to lead the Renew Europe group’s election campaign in the European Parliament, alongside two other candidates from the ALDE and [...]

The European Free Alliance (EFA) group in the European Parliament held its General Assembly on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 March. On this occasion, the two candidates heading the lists (‘Spitzenkandidaten’) for the European elections, which will take place from 6 to 9 June, the German [...]

The European People’s Party (EPP) nominated the current President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as the lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) for the Christian Democrats in the European elections on Thursday 7 March, on the second day of its electoral congress in [...]

On Wednesday 6 March, the La France Insoumise (LFI) party presented its list for the European elections, which will take place from 6 to 9 June. Unsurprisingly, the Chair of the European Parliament group The Left, Manon Aubry (French), is top of the list, followed by the Chair of the [...]

The European Democratic Party (EDP) is meeting in Florence on Friday 8 March to approve its manifesto for the European elections in June and to appoint the EDP representative on Team Europe. This body brings together representatives of the EDP, ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for [...]

Convinced of their superiority over the other European political forces, the Christian Democrats opened their electoral congress on Wednesday 6 March in Bucharest under the immense blue dome of the Romexpo, declaring themselves ready to lead the ‘European People’s Party’ (EPP) to [...]

The European Christian Democrats are holding an electoral congress in Bucharest on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March, during which they will nominate Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, as a lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) of the European People’s Party [...]

On Tuesday 5 March, the Party of the European Left (EL) published its campaign manifesto for the European elections taking place from 6 to 9 June.

The document, the final details of which have yet to be worked out since its adoption at the EL congress in Ljubljana on 24 February, focuses - [...]

Vice-president of the European People’s Party (EPP) and of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Siegfried Mureșan, who will once again be campaigning in the European elections in June, explained to EUROPE on Monday 4 March the importance for Romania and Central and Eastern Europe of [...]
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Pedro Marques (S&D, Portuguese) is Vice-Chair of the S&D Group in the European Parliament. Interviewed by EUROPE at the Congress of the Party of European Socialists in Rome on 2 March, where Luxembourg’s Nicolas Schmit was nominated to head the list for the European elections, the MEP and [...]

As expected (see EUROPE B13362A19), the European Socialists elected the current European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, a former MEP and formerly Luxembourg’s Minister of Labour, as the leading candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) of their political family in [...]

On Friday 1 March in Rome, the Chair of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, Iratxe García Pérez (Spanish), kicked off the events surrounding the launch of the Party of European Socialists’ (PES) European election campaign on 2 March, with the expected appointment of Nicolas [...]

French MEP and Chair of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, Valérie Hayer, was officially appointed head of list for French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party at the party’s Executive Committee meeting on Thursday evening 29 February (see EUROPE B13359A23). [...]

On Wednesday 28 February in Strasbourg, President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Vasco Alves Cordeiro and President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two institutions to promote [...]

At a press conference in Strasbourg on Tuesday 27 February, the President of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, Valérie Hayer, was asked about the launch of the group’s campaign on 20 March for the European elections in June.

She did not reveal the potential [...]

On Tuesday, 27 February, ‘Now the People’ – an alliance of left-wing parties and movements that is composed of ten or so European parties and movements such as La France Insoumise, Podemos, Sinistra, and even Die Linke – published its campaign manifesto. The document highlights [...]

On Saturday 24 February in Ljubljana, the Party of the European Left (EL) elected Austrian Walter Baier as its lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) for the forthcoming European elections, which will take place from 6 to 9 June. On this occasion, the EL also adopted its electoral [...]

The Party of the European Left (EL) will nominate its lead candidate ('Spitzenkandidat') on 24 February in Ljubljana. Austrian Walter Baier, the only candidate in the running, is thus set to be appointed. Speaking to EUROPE, the 70-year-old, who is also President of the EL, discusses the [...]

On Thursday 22 February, the members of the European People’s Party (EPP) approved their electoral manifesto, which sets out the political priorities of the Christian Democrat family in anticipation of the European elections in June (see EUROPE B13355A4). The main campaign themes include [...]

On Thursday, 22 February, Portugal’s Pedro Marques—the S&D Group’s vice-chair for foreign affairs in the European Parliament—expressed his hope that President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, who is seeking reelection in the European elections in June, “will not [...]

With one hundred days to go until the elections on 6 to 9 June, on Thursday 22 February the European Parliament set out a series of measures to support both journalists and the general public in monitoring the election campaign. The aim is both to strengthen democratic commitment and to [...]

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is likely to be nominated as the lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) at the electoral congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) on 6 and 7 March in Bucharest. She is in fact the only candidate for this position, [...]

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The President of the Party of the European Left (EL), the Austrian Walter Baier, is set to be nominated as the lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) for the next European elections, which will take place from 6 to 9 June. According to several sources, his candidacy, proposed by the party [...]

The European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, is also the only candidate for the position of ‘Spitzenkandidat’for the European socialist family. His nomination is expected at the Congress of the ‘Party of European Socialists’ on Saturday 2 March in Rome. In [...]

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On Monday 19 February in Berlin, the Chair of the CDU, Friedrich Merz, announced that the German Christian Democratic Party was proposing to the European People’s Party(EPP) that the current President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, be designated as the lead candidate [...]

Fabrice Leggeri, former director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), announced on Saturday 17 February in a video on X (formerly Twitter) that he was joining the Rassemblement National (RN) list for the European elections. He has joined forces with Jordan Bardella MEP [...]

The French Reconquête! party, founded by Éric Zemmour, is joining the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) party and the group of the same name in the European Parliament, its vice-president Marion Maréchal announced in the magazine Le Point on Wednesday 7 February.

The head of the [...]

Nearly 500 delegates from the European Green Party (EGP) met in Lyon from 2 to 4 February for a three-day congress marking the fortieth anniversary of their federation.

At this event, they admitted two new parties, designated their leaders (‘co-Spitzenkandidaten’) for the European [...]

On Wednesday 31 January, Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister and president of Fidesz, announced that his party was “ready to join the Conservatives”, according to Italian media La Stampa andLa Repubblica. During the European Council meeting, he met on Thrusday with Giorgia [...]

Lyon became, on Friday 2 February, the nerve centre of European green politics with the opening of the European Green Party (EGP) Congress. This event marks a decisive turning point for the green party ahead of the European elections in June. Faced with growing environmental and social [...]

Asked on Thursday 1 February about his political future in the run-up to the European elections, the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, told the French-language Belgian public news channel La Première that he would not be a candidate for his party, the Reformist Movement [...]

Former Polish Prime Minister and member of the opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) Mateusz Morawiecki announced at a press conference on Wednesday 31 January that he was “open” to the idea of Fidesz, the party of Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, joining the European [...]

With its electoral congress coming up in Lyon from 2 to 4 February, the European Green Party (EGP) is fine-tuning its manifesto ahead of the European elections. Entitled ‘Courage to Change’, this document, of which EUROPE has obtained a draft, outlines the broad lines of a campaign [...]

The Party of European Socialists (PES) is preparing its manifesto for the European elections, which it will adopt at a congress in Rome in early March (see EUROPE B13323A23). The congress will officially launch the campaign of the current European Commissioner for Employment and Social [...]

The extraordinary congress of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) will be held on 20 and 21 March and will unveil the manifesto for the European elections.

In a provisional version consulted by EUROPE, the European political party promises to take action to “overcome [...]

On Friday 26 January, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, announced via Facebook that he would not be standing as a candidate for the Belgian MR party in the European elections and that he will complete his second term of office, which runs until the end of [...]

On Thursday 25 January, Frenchwoman Valérie Hayer was elected by acclamation to chair the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. She succeeds her compatriot Stéphane Séjourné, recently appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs (see EUROPE B13324A1).

A specialist in budgetary issues [...]

In its forthcoming manifesto setting out its priorities for the European elections to be held from 6 to 9 June (see EUROPE B13329A29), the EPP is expected to focus on reducing the administrative burden and easing requirements in certain sectors, such as agriculture. The centre-right party [...]

On Thursday 18 January, the Secretary General of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Giacomo Filibeck, announced that Luxembourg's Nicolas Schmit was the only candidate for the title of 'Spitzenkandidat' for his political family with a view to the European elections in June. “He was [...]

With a view to the European elections in June 2024, ‘The Party of the European Left’ will nominate a lead candidate (‘Spitzenkandidat’) and approve its electoral manifesto at its next General Assembly, to be held in Ljubljana on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February, at the invitation [...]

On Tuesday 16 January in Strasbourg, the leader of the EPP group in the European Parliament, Germany’s Manfred Weber, made it clear that his political family would not be doing business with the “nationalists” in the European elections, due to be held from 6 to 9 June.

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During a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday 10 January, the Chairman of the SPD group in the Bundestag, Rolf Mützenich, emphasised the importance of cooperation with the S&D group in the run-up to the European elections in June, in which the Social Democrats intend [...]

In the run-up to the European election campaign, the leader of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, French MEP Stéphane Séjourné, warned the press, on Tuesday 9 January, of the rise of populists and the far right in Europe. He spoke out in favour of a European [...]

The Party of European Socialists (PES) is due to hold its congress in preparation for the European elections on Saturday 2 March in Rome, at the invitation of the Partito Democratico. Political events and meetings will be held alongside the congress from Friday 1 March. The procedure [...]

The surprise announcement by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, that he will stand as a candidate in the European elections at the beginning of June is forcing the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the European Union to think ahead about the successor to [...]

Politicians wishing to be nominated as head of list (‘Spitzenkandidat’) of the ‘European People's Party’ (EPP) for the European elections, which will take place between 6 and 9 June, must submit their candidacy by 21 February. The person who will represent the Christian Democrat [...]

On Monday 18 December, the EU Council agreed to forward the MEPs’ request to convene a convention to reform the European treaties based on Article 48 of the EU Treaty, to the European Council. It will therefore be up to the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council, which begins on [...]

The Heads of State or Government of the countries of the European Union will set themselves the objective of reaching agreement “by the summer of 2024”, i.e. after the European elections in June, on the EU’s strategic agenda for the 2024-2029 legislative cycle, according to the draft [...]

On Tuesday 12 December, the European Parliament endorsed the position of its Committee on Constitutional Affairs, which advocates the use of the system of leading candidates (‘Spitzenkandidaten’) for the appointment of the future President of the European Commission at the European [...]

On Wednesday 6 December, six months to the day before the June 2024 elections, the European Parliament unveiled the results of a Eurobarometer survey showing growing interest among Europe’s citizens.

According to the survey, which was carried out by the Verian agency between September [...]

Representatives of the member parties of the European Parliament’s Identity and Democracy Group met in Florence on Sunday 3 December to discuss the future of Europe – a “free Europe, according to the theme of the meeting, which also focused on jobs, security and common sense.

On Thursday 30 November, the European Green Party (‘EGP’) revealed the names of the four people it hopes will represent the European green family at the European elections in June 2024.

The candidates are (in alphabetical order): - Dutchman Bas Eickhout, currently an MEP, nominated by [...]

Meeting in Paris on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November, the Volt pan-European citizens’ movement adopted its electoral manifesto, which will serve as a basis for the lists that will be running in around fifteen Member States in the European elections in June 2024.

Entitled the [...]

Looking ahead to the European elections in June 2024, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the 27 national committees made a commitment at their annual meeting on 16 and 17 November, organised by the Spanish committee, to be involved in informing citizens about the [...]

The European Parliament adopted by a narrow majority (305 votes in favour, 276 against, 29 abstentions for the report – 291 votes in favour, 274 against, 44 abstentions for the resolution), on Wednesday 22 November, its position on a revision of the European Union’s institutional [...]

Leading environmentalists have until Tuesday 28 November to express their interest in being nominated as a co-candidate (‘co-Spitzenkandidat’) for the ‘European Green Party’ (EGP) at the European elections in June 2024 (see EUROPE B13193A18).

The EGP will choose two people, one man [...]

As was the case during their previous discussion in June, a very large majority of Member States once again spoke out against the most political elements of the reform of the European Union’s electoral law, such as the creation of a European electoral constituency, during a public debate at [...]

On Saturday 11 November, the new Secretary General of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Giacomo Filibeck, announced that politicians wishing to lead the socialists and social democrats at European level in the June 2024 elections have until Wednesday 17 January to put themselves [...]

After being elected President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in October 2022 (see EUROPE B13043A24), Stefan Löfven from Sweden was re-elected on Friday 10 November at the PES Congress in Malaga. He was the only candidate.

In his candidacy speech, Mr Löfven set out a number of [...]

Shortly before midnight on Monday 6 November, negotiators from the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the targeting and transparency of political advertising. Although the co-legislators had set themselves the target of [...]

The European elections will take place between Thursday 6 June and Sunday 9 June 2024, despite opposition from the Portuguese authorities, who claim that the elections will coincide with Portugal Day, Monday 10 June, a bank holiday paying tribute to the poet Luís Vaz de Camões.

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On Wednesday 25 October, the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) adopted its position (20 votes in favour, 6 against, no abstentions) on a revision of the European treaties to enable the European Union to function more democratically with more than thirty [...]

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares Bueno, pledged, on Thursday 19 October in Strasbourg, that the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union would ask the Member States to give their opinion on the European Parliament’s proposal to convene a [...]

Open strategic autonomy and the enlargement of the European Union were central points of discussion at the informal meeting of European leaders in Granada on Friday 6 October(see EUROPE B13260A14).

The ‘Granada Declaration’ they adopted addresses the issues of European [...]

On Friday 22 September, following the consent of the European Parliament (see EUROPE B13249A24), the European Council adopted a decision setting the number of seats in the European Parliament at 720 for the 2024-2029 term.

The new distribution of MEP seats will be as follows: 22 for [...]

On Wednesday 13 September, the European Parliament voted, with a large majority (515 votes in favour, 74 against, 44 abstentions), to give its consent to the agreement reached in the Council of the European Union to increase the number of MEP seats from 705 to 720 for the 2014-2029 [...]

Meeting in Vienna on Wednesday 6 September, Renew Europe, the centre-right group in the European Parliament, ruled out “any privileged relationship with the far right or the far left”, either now or after the European elections in June 2024. And he called on the EPP and S&D groups to [...]

The European Christian Democrat family will meet at a Congress in Bucharest (Romania) in spring 2024 at the invitation of the Partidul Naţional Liberal, the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party (EPP) decided on Tuesday 5 September in Brussels. The Lithuanian and Portuguese [...]

On Monday 26 June, the co-presidents of the ECR Group in the European Parliament, Poland’s Ryszard Legutko and Italy’s Nicola Procaccini, congratulated Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on her re-election as leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Party. “We are [...]

A very large majority of Member States spoke out against the most political elements of the reform of the European Union’s electoral law, such as the creation of a European constituency or the setting of a single date for the European elections, on Tuesday 27 June during a debate at the [...]

The countdown to the 2024 European elections is on. On Tuesday 6 June, the European Parliament published the Eurobarometer for Spring 2023. The results are mixed: while interest in the EU is on the rise, optimism about the Union’s situation is less so.

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On Friday 2 June, during a congress in Vienna a year ahead of the next European elections (see EUROPE B13184A38), European environmentalists reaffirmed their determination to run a resolutely pan-European campaign.

The ‘European Green Party’ (EGP) is preparing to welcome at least four [...]

Member States’ ambassadors to the European Union (Coreper) should be asked on Wednesday 17 May to confirm that the European elections will take place between Thursday 6 June and Sunday 9 June 2024. After discussions on alternative dates, the Member States did not reach a unanimous [...]

Parliament’s co-rapporteur Charles Goerens (Renew Europe, Luxembourger) spoke, on Tuesday 4 April, about the difficult negotiations underway with the Council of the European Union on the reform of European political parties and their foundations, following unsuccessful interinstitutional [...]

The leaders of the national parties making up the ‘European Greens’ expressed their support on Friday 31 March for the Spitzenkandidaten process, whereby the leading candidate of a European political family presides over the European Commission if he or she wins the European elections [...]

Negotiations between representatives of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on the reform of European political parties and their foundations failed, on Wednesday 29 March, to achieve a significant breakthrough although no one expected a favourable outcome.

Several [...]

The debate on the reform of the European electoral law that the European Parliament submitted to the Council of the EU revealed, on Tuesday 18 October, deep divisions between Member States on the question of setting up an electoral constituency within which transnational lists would compete [...]

On Friday 14 October in Berlin, at the annual congress of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Europe’s social democratic family entrusted former Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven with the responsibility of leading it in the upcoming elections in Europe, starting with the European [...]

On Tuesday 3 May in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted by a small majority (323 votes in favour, 262 against, 48 abstentions) for the creation of a European electoral constituency which would allow EU citizens, in addition to the traditional European election at national level, to [...]

Negotiators from the EPP, S&D, Renew Europe and Greens/EFA groups in the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs reached an agreement on Tuesday evening (8 March) on the creation of a European constituency that would allow all Europeans, in addition to the classic [...]

The European Democratic Party (EDP), a centrist European political party made up of parties from some 15 Member States, met in Council on Wednesday 5 May and elected Sandro Gozi as its new Secretary General. Mr Gozi is an Italian MEP and member of the Renaissance delegation of the Renew [...]

Brussels, 12/09/2012 (Agence Europe) - On 12 September the Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation which aims to strengthen the way European political parties are formed by creating a specific legal statute for the parties and foundations affiliated to the parties, and by setting them a [...]