European Parliament


    • Parliamentary groups quiz the EC President-designate

      Parliamentary groups quiz the EC President-designate

      In preparation for the big debate and vote on the new Commission President, on 16 July, during the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, the candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker, Ursula von der Leyen, spent long hours in the EP in Brussels during the last days, holding a series of meetings with parliamentary groups. She also took part in the sitting of the extraordinary Conference of Presidents.

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    • Italian socialist won the new EU lawmakers' trust

      Italian socialist won the new EU lawmakers' trust

      The European Parliament will have an Italian as its President for another term. In the place of the centre-right Forza Italia (FI) Antonio Tajani, now the Parliament will be led by the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) MEP David Sassoli. In the last composition he was the Parliament's vice-president in charge of the budget and Euro-Mediterranean policy.

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    • Bets, race for EP makeup heats up

      Bets, race for EP makeup heats up

      Two weeks ahead of the new European Parliament inaugural plenary session, bets are still up what the party composition will look like and how the future majority will work. The plenary meets on 2 July in Strasbourg to elect its leadership, while political groups hold their constitutive meetings before that. A political group must consist of at least 25 MEPs elected in at least 7 Member States, and to be officially recognised as of 2 July they have to notify their composition by 1 July.

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    • Poland dashes far-right hopes for EP alliance

      Poland dashes far-right hopes for EP alliance

      Far-right parties' hopes of forging a powerful new bloc in the new European Parliament suffered a blow on Wednesday when Poland's ruling nationalists ruled out joining such a grouping due to sharp differences over many issues including relations with Russia, news wires reported. Italian Deputy PM and far-right League leader hoped to persuade Europe's nationalist parties to set aside their differences and form a 10-party European Alliance for People and Nations in the new assembly.

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    • Pro-EU parties keep grip on the EP

      Pro-EU parties keep grip on the EP

      Pro-European parties kept a firm grip on the EU parliament on Monday as liberal and green parties matched a surge by eurosceptic parties, who won control of a quarter of seats in European elections for the first time, news wires reported. Provisional results published at 08:18 GMT on Monday showed the Socialists, Greens, liberals and conservatives with 507 of the 751 seats in the EU Parliament.

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    • First EP seat projection shows collapse of the centrist coalition

      First EP seat projection shows collapse of the centrist coalition

      The European Parliament's first seat projection confirms a collapse of the grand coalition of centre-left and centre-right, DPA reported. The projection places the centre-right European People's Party at 173 seats and the Socialist and Democrats at 147, leaving them short of forming a majority in the 751-seat parliament. The figures are based on exit polls from 11 member states and pre-election opinion surveys from the other 17 countries.

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