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“Don’t expect us to come out with a decision,” group co-chair Nicola Procaccini said as he entered the meeting with von der Leyen, adding that another two group meetings will follow during the day.

EU hard-right parties to back von der Leyen after ‘intense’ meeting

On Tuesday morning, the ECR group met with von der Leyen two days before a crucial vote in the EU House that will determine whether she will be re-elected at the EU Commission’s helm

Over the weekend, the name of Reunion island’s president, Huguette Bello, had been put forward by the Communist Party (PC). PS, however, came out against it, deeming the candidate “too radical” and “too close to LFI”, Mediapart reported.

French left at loggerheads over the choice of new prime minister

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The NFP parties, which managed to put aside their differences within hours after Macron dissolved the parliament on 9 June to form a coalition against the RN

“I will never shy away from taking the difficult decisions. My door will always remain open, Members will be treated fairly and with dignity” Metsola said, addressing the chamber prior to voting.

Metsola re-elected to second term as EU Parliament president with large majority

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Roberta Metsola has been re-elected president of the European Parliament

Now the dust is settling, the effects on the two sides of the English Channel are coming into focus. The positive result of both elections is that a strong majority of voters have rejected slick populist solutions to deep-rooted social problems.

Election lessons - a tale of two cities: both ducked the issue of Europe’s ageing

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 16, 2024

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens in his French Revolution novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ set in Paris and London

“Emmanuel Macron is seeing himself into a victory he can’t achieve, so he won’t be able to appoint Mr Breton,” said the leader of the Rassemblement National (RN), Marine Le Pen, on Cnews, the day after the European Council.

Macron intends to keep control on French commissioner’s appointment in Brussels

By: EBR | Monday, July 15, 2024

With no majority emerging in the French parliament following the 7 July legislative elections, President Macron has to deal with opposition parties trying to interfere in the appointment of a future French commissioner

 In France, there have not been coalition governments for many years.

France and Coalition Governments

By: EBR | Thursday, July 11, 2024

While most European countries favor them, France has an aversion to coalition governments. Eight facts to put you in the know


One of the cases on which the investigation focused was the blockade of Barcelona airport runways by pro-Puigdemont separatist groups in 2019, which blocked air traffic for several hours.

Spanish Supreme Court shelves terrorism investigation against Puigdemont

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Supreme Court judge Susana Polo agreed to close the case against several defendants in the so-called “Democratic Tsunami” case

But the Nouveau Front Populaire is also well short of the 289-seat absolute majority, which means negotiations will now get underway to determine which parliamentary coalition could emerge.

French elections: Major surprise as left coalition on course to beat far right

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Defying all expectations, the loose left coalition Nouveau Front Populaire came out on top of the second and final round of France’s snap elections

The centre-right EPP, the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and the liberal Renew Europe group are drafting their own wish lists for the 2024-2019 EU term this week

EPP, Socialists, Liberals finalise wishlists for von der Leyen’s second term

By: EBR | Thursday, July 4, 2024

The three EU Parliament groups of the centrist majority diverge on some key policy issues for the next mandate, according to draft action plans

Tusk and Scholz held a joint press briefing after the Polish-German intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw on Tuesday, during which they were asked about the reparations claims for Nazi crimes during World War II made by Poland’s previous conservative PiS (ECR) government.

Polish president slams Tusk for saying Poland will drop German reparations claims

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 3, 2024

President Andrzej Duda took aim at Prime Minister Donald Tusk for saying Poland had given up on war reparations claims against Germany launched by the previous conservative PiS government

“Two paths are opening up […]: an alliance of evil with the Front Populaire assembled behind Jean-Luc Melenchon, which would drive the country into mayhem, insurrection and ruin,” Bardella said.

French elections: Far-right attains historic 34% as France enters uncharted territory

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 2, 2024

The French far-right has secured a historic 34% share of the vote in the first round of snap legislative elections, with the left coalition a somewhat distant second

Poland wants to discuss a revision of the ETS2 during the next European Council meeting scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Poland aims to revise EU green policies during Council presidency

By: EBR | Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Polish government may use its position at the helm of the EU Council presidency in the first half of 2025 to revise some key green EU policies

That would also apply if the CDU would select the Greens to form a coalition government. Like the SPD, it has a strong left wing and, whatever else it may claim, is very much focused on expanding welfare spending.

The Domestic Political Economy of Germany’s Debt Brake

By: EBR | Thursday, June 27, 2024

The SPD and the Greens, the two left-of-center parties in Olaf Scholz’s traffic light coalition are continuing to make a lot of public noise about the need to relax Germany’s debt brake

The EIB’s defensive investments aim to prevent direct war with Russia by investing in military preparedness and creating credible deterrence.

EIB: defense suddenly more important than climate?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 26, 2024

The European Investment Bank has always strongly profiled itself as the ‘climate bank’, which has placed emphasis on ethical and sustainable investment

Bardella has made assurances that he does not want to “call into question the commitments made by France on the international stage,” but this does not stop many EU diplomats and officials from expressing concern.

EU aid to Ukraine could be under threat by Rassemblement National’s rise to power

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 26, 2024

With the French legislative elections on 30 June, the far-right Rassemblement National’s (RN) long-standing friendship with the Kremlin is causing concern in both Brussels and Kyiv

This best-case outcome would hardly be material for the sort of vaulting initiatives Macron tends to favor.

France’s High-Stakes Election Showdown

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 25, 2024

On Sunday, France will hold snap parliamentary elections announced by President Emmanuel Macron after his party’s stunning defeat in the European Parliament elections

Of course, several hurdles remain to be cleared. The European Council has to propose the new commission president to the European Parliament, which will probably decide on her election mid-July.

Europe’s New Leadership Faces a Teamwork Test

By: EBR | Friday, June 21, 2024

Despite some last-minute bickering among party groups, the European Council, which represents the EU member states, appears on track to decide on who will get the EU’s top jobs

The EU executive announced that so-called “excessive deficit procedures” (EDP) will be initiated against Belgium, France, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia, whose deficits exceeded the bloc’s fiscal limit of 3% of annual GDP in 2023.

EU Commission ups pressure on seven countries’ public spending; spares Estonia for defence investment

By: EBR | Thursday, June 20, 2024

The European Commission issued formal warnings to seven member states for violating the bloc’s budget rules

The EU is developing plans to require airlines to track and report their contribution to climate change from January 2025 – not only from carbon dioxide, but also soot, nitrogen oxides and water vapour.

EU drafts plan to exempt long-haul flights from new emissions rules

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The European Commission has drafted plans to exempt long-haul flights from rules on monitoring their non-CO2 emissions, after international carriers lobbied for an opt-out

“For oats, this average is 2.440,56 tonnes,” the European Commission said in a press release on Tuesday (18 June). Imports since the beginning of 2024 “are above this volume,” the bloc’s executive added, announcing the reintroduction of the tariff quota from the 2016 free trade agreement with Ukraine.

The EU triggers emergency brake on oats imports from Ukraine

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The cereal is the first agricultural product that will no longer be exempted from duties as of Wednesday

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