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Will von der Leyen win the needed absolute majority?

To become Commission president, von der Leyen must win an absolute majority of Parliament in the vote scheduled for Tuesday evening in Strasbourg.

That means, … Read more

Corporate Dispatch – Europe Explained – Agenda Europe – The Week Ahead

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This is our weekly overview of the main forthcoming events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings and other … Read more

Malta’s MEPs committees involvement

On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees. Their composition was confirmed by political groups later on the same … Read more

Von der Leyen nomination met with resistance and frustration from the MEPs

Members of the European Parliament expressed their anger at the EU leaders for their handling of nominations for the bloc’s top jobs as the battle … Read more

Tusk asks European Parliament to approve von der Leyen

European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday asked the European Parliament to approve Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen as the next head of the European … Read more

Italian Sassoli elected European Parliament President


Members of the European Parliament voted Italian MEP  David-Maria Sassoli  as the new president for the assembly at a meeting in Strasbourg.

Sassoli will … Read more

The darker side of the EU leaders’ nomination process

In the unkindest analysis, the leaders chose von der Leyen, a largely unknown quantity in Brussels who has been dogged by misspending and mismanagement allegations … Read more

Four MEPs nominated for European Parliament President

Four MEPs have been nominated as candidates to become president of the European Parliament, by the deadline of Tuesday evening.

They are:

Ska Keller (Germany, … Read more

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen nominated as EU Commission president – UPDATED

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been tapped to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker and lead the European Commission following marathon negotiations among EU leaders.… Read more

AC Milan back in ‘the heart of Europe’ with Silvio Berlusconi

It’s true that AC Milan this year is out of European football, due to issues related to the Financial Fair Play regulations breached in the … Read more

Pro Brexit MEPs turn their back as EU’s anthem is played in opening day of European Parliament

The opening day of the Parliament’s five year term was disrupted by a number of protests.

Pro Brexit MEPs turned their back on proceedings when … Read more

From Spitzenkandidat to Splitting candidate… the intrigues and backroom politics

The Spitzenkandidat, or “lead candidate,” created in 2014 seems all but dead. Under that system, pan-European political groups nominated lead candidates for the European Parliament … Read more

Corporate Dispatch Europe Explained – AgendaEurope – The Week Ahead

A quick glance at the main forthcoming events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings and other EU-related conferences and events. … Read more

Farage should face highest penalty for serious breach of EP code of conduct

The EU Parliament’s disciplinary body has recommended that Nigel Farage faces the “highest penalty” for a “serious breach” of its code of conduct, a leaked … Read more

Weber determined to become Commission President

The European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for EU Commission President Manfred Weber isn’t backing down from his bid and urged the European Parliament not to … Read more

Iratxe Garcia Perez elected as President of the European Group of Socialists and Democrats

The Spanish MEP Iratxe García Pérez has been elected on 18 June as president of the Group of the Socialists and Democrats in the Parliament, … Read more

No one has the upper hand on who will lead European institutions

As the European Council convenes Thursday to try to select a new slate of EU leaders, one thing is clear: Nobody has the upper hand.… Read more

Russia denies EU’s accusation that it interfered in EP elections

An official from Russia’s security council described as absurd accusations that Moscow used disinformation to sway voters towards right-wing parties in last month’s European Union … Read more

Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras from leaving his jail cell to collect EP credentials by Spanish Supreme Court

Spain’s Supreme Court blocked Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras from leaving his jail cell to begin the process of joining the EU parliament by collecting credentials … Read more

EU election was targeted by Russian disinformation

The Financial Times reports that according to an initial review by Brussels, Russian sources mounted a “continued and sustained” disinformation effort to “suppress turnout and … Read more

Identity and Democracy, new far-right political EP formation uniting Le Pen, Salvini and anti-immigration parties announced

Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini’s MEPs have joined forces with anti-immigration parties across Europe to create the biggest far-right group in the European parliament.… Read more

Puigdemont refused EU accredidation

The former Catalan president, Charles Puigdemont, has been denied his temporary accreditation as an elected member of the European Parliament at the request of three … Read more

Manfred Weber confirmed leader of the EPP in European Parliament


German MEP Manfred Weber has been reelected as leader of the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) bloc in the European Parliament.

The EPP said … Read more

Six European leaders set to meet on Friday to discuss the future of European leadership roles

Six EU leaders charged by their political party families with leading the search for a new Commission president will meet in Brussels on Friday evening Read more