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Czech MEP: I want to be ECR’s lead candidate, not an EU top job candidate

By MariÑn Koreň

Czech MEP Jan Zahradil has recently announced his intention to become the ECR's lead candidate for the 2019 European Elections. He is a supporter of a multi-speed Union, with freedom for member states to pursue a foreign policy that best suits their own interests.

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EPP unsure about retaining or expelling OrbΓ‘n’s party

By Georgi Gotev

The European Parliament's vote to censure Hungary presents the assembly's dominant centre-right bloc with a dilemma over whether to retain its populist Hungarian allies or expel them months before elections.

MEPs kick off electoral campaign after Juncker’s State of the Union speech

By Beatriz Rios

Jean-Claude Juncker's last State of the Union speech before the next European elections turned into a stocktaking of his mandate and a platform for political groups to set up their priorities for the electoral campaign.

Manfred Weber: Bulgaria and Croatia should join Schengen β€˜immediately’

By Georgi Gotev

Bulgaria and Croatia should join the EU's passport-free Schengen area immediately, EPP group leader Manfred Weber said on Wednesday (12 September), in a friendly gesture to two Eastern European governments from his political family.

Salvini sees populist-conservative coalition guiding the new EU Commission

By Georgi Gotev

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who also leads the far-right League party, said on Tuesday (11 September) he wants the new European Commission to be led by conservatives and populists.

Authorities arrest Calif. hospital patient who pulled a gun


Authorities say a suspect has been detained after reports of a possible active shooter at a hospital near Los Angeles.

OrbΓ‘n divides EPP ahead of crucial European Parliament vote

By Georgi Gotev

The European Parliament held a highly incendiary debate about Hungary on Tuesday (11 September), ahead of a vote on whether to trigger Article 7 against the country, exposing serious internal divisions in the European Peoples’ Party, which includes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's party.

Austrian far right invites Orban to form joint bloc

By Georgi Gotev

The leader of Austria's far-right party raised the prospect Monday (10 September) of forming a common bloc in the European Parliament with the party of nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

Weber: I am concerned about key issues in Hungary

By Tomasz Bielecki

EURACTIV Poland's media partner "Gazeta Wyborcza" interviewed Manfred Weber, who announced his candidacy to be the Spitzenkandidat of the European Peoples' Party in the 2019 European elections.

Papadimoulis: A broad pro-EU alliance can block EPP right wing-far right entente

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

The increasing cooperation between the conservative right-wing and the far-right should be a wake-up-call for democrats, who should create a wide pro-EU alliance, from leftist Alexis Tsipras to centrist Emmanuel Macron, Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

GUE leader: Weber represents CSU, which is close to Putin and anti-EU forces

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

Manfred Weber’s European Commission presidency bid is “absurd” given that he represents a political party with close links to Vladimir Putin and politicians like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, who openly question the EU's values, according to leftist chief Gabriele Zimmer.

Ska Keller: Manfred Weber’s openness to the far right is β€˜quite crazy’

By Georgi Gotev

In an exclusive interview, Ska Keller, co-chair of the Greens-EFA group, shared what she expects from next week's State of the Union speech and the vote on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 measures against Hungary, as well as weighing in on Manfred Weber's bid to lead the EPP into the EU elections.

Tweets of the Week: Selmayrgate, Manfred Weber, dancing Theresa May

By Evan Lamos, Jennifer Baker, Malte Ketelsen

This week, the Commission sticks to its Selmayrgate stance, Manfred Weber thinks he’s in with a chance and Theresa May is queen of the dance.

Hesitant MEPs advised to β€˜go for a coffee’ during Hungary vote

By Georgi Gotev

Next week's vote in the European Parliament on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 against Hungary will be a moment of truth for the EPP political group, whose behaviour will largely determine its outcome, an influential MEP said on Thursday (6 September).

Macron seeks new β€˜progressive’ coalition for 2019 European elections

By Georgi Gotev

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to shake up the EU political ecosystem, hoping to forge a new progressive alliance at the end of this year for the 2019 European Parliament elections, a source in his office said on Wednesday (5 September).

Top candidate Weber’s EU campaign gets off on wrong foot

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People's Party in the European Parliament, announced on Wednesday (5 September) his candidature for the European Commission presidency on behalf of the centre-right party. But the kick-off event left reporters displeased, who were not allowed to ask questions in English.

Spitzenkandidaten: A Bavarian on the Commission throne?

By Steffen Stierle

Only a few contributions from the ranks of the Bavarian CSU in recent months suggested their competence on European issues. Now one of them is aiming for the highest post Brussels has to offer. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Weber to announce candidacy focusing on migration

By Jorge Valero

Blessed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and backed by big national delegations, Germany’s CSU heavyweight Manfred Weber is expected to soon confirm his candidacy for the post of the new European Commission president, with migration emerging as the top issue on his agenda.

Merkel chooses Weber as candidate for EU top job

By Georgi Gotev

Angela Merkel has given her backing to fellow German conservative Manfred Weber's bid to front the centre-right's campaign in next year's European Parliament elections, several German newspapers reported on Thursday (30 August).

Army honors McCain in opening new modernization HQ in Texas


As Sen. John McCain's family announced that the ailing veteran is stopping treatment for brain cancer, the Army paid tribute Friday at the opening of a new warfare modernization headquarters in Texas that he played a driving role in creating.