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The leaders may choose to take into account the names chosen by the parliamentary blocs as their so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” — or not.In any case, the election seems likely to weaken the main groups in Strasbourg, and make it harder for the centre-right EPP to push its choice.Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will back EPP candidate Manfred Weber, but French President Emmanuel Macron opposes the whole process.

The EU Game of Thrones explained

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This week’s European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent’s top leadership jobs, but won’t decide the winners

Getting Europe to the ballot box. With European elections just days away, dedicated individuals, businesses and VIPs step up their efforts to make sure as many citizens as possible cast their vote to choose their future. The streaming service Spotify has also created a dedicated “Get Vocal, Europe!” playlist, featuring one song from each of the 28 member states. Please find a full list of events organised by activists, companies and NGOs across Europe in the coming days.

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 20

By: EBR | Monday, May 20, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

The Commission president was Jose Manual Barroso, who had dutifully supported the Iraq invasion. As a Portuguese student, Barroso was a Maoist but later turned conservative. His two terms in office were not happy ones for the EU.Barroso and his colleagues in the Commission failed to spot and deal with key problems like mass immigration and the over-speedy enlargement to let in corrupt nations that were often run on the basis of a kleptocratic group, if not one-man rule.

With 15 EU “Spitzenkandidaten” — Whom to Choose?

By: EBR | Monday, May 20, 2019

The system to select the new Commission President may have been well-intentioned, but it remains the private plaything of Brussels insiders with little contact to European citizens

Our borders also need to guarantee fair competition. What power in the world would accept continued trade with those who respect none of their rules? We cannot suffer in silence. We need to reform our competition policy and reshape our trade policy with penalties or a ban in Europe on businesses that compromise our strategic interests and fundamental values such as environmental standards, data protection and fair payment of taxes; and the adoption of European preference in strategic industries and our public procurement, as our American and Chinese competitors do.

Emmanuel Macron’s 3 ways to renew Europe

By: EBR | Friday, May 17, 2019

Never, since World War II, has Europe been as essential. Yet never has Europe been in so much danger. Brexit stands as the symbol of that. It symbolises the crisis of Europe, which has failed to respond to its peoples’ needs for protection from the major shocks of the modern world

ITALY. New rules to boost gender balance in elections will apply in Italy for the first time in the European elections 2019. These rules, introduced in 2014, say that electoral lists should be composed of male and female candidates in the same proportion (50%). The first two candidates in each list must be one man and one woman (in whichever order). If a voter marks two or three candidates, she/he must include at least one female, otherwise both the second and third preferences would be annulled.

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 17

By: EBR | Friday, May 17, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

In Britain, net migration added an estimated 283,000 people to the population in 2018, with the number of people arriving and leaving holding steady over the past few years. In the last decade, around 2.5 million immigrants have bolstered the population.As the above chart shows, since the Brexit referendum in 2016, Britain’s migration patterns have changed. Arrivals from non-EU countries are increasing. And while many EU citizens continue to choose the UK as their new home their numbers have fallen dramatically, dropping to levels not seen for almost a decade.

The British are the most positive in Europe on the benefits of immigration

By: EBR | Friday, May 17, 2019

Do the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits? Not for many British people, who recent research shows are the most positive in Europe about the impact of newcomers arriving in their country

84 TV channels, including Japan’s NHK, America’s CNBC, BBC1 in the UK and several international channels covered Wednesday’s debate among the presidential candidates. According to data collected by the European Parliament’s monitoring services, the show was mentioned on TV in 26 countries

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 16

By: EBR | Thursday, May 16, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

In the EU, maintaining democratic principles in all member countries is a challenging task. In different ways, with different words, national leaders in Italy and Hungary, and populist party leaders in France, Germany, and the UK, are openly challenging some of the key principles on which the EU is based. Academia, the judiciary, civil society, and the media are often the first victims of these populist views—not to forget the general public, which is offered simplistic and misleading narratives.

The Centrality of the Rule of Law for the EU

By: EBR | Thursday, May 16, 2019

European leaders should do more to preserve the rule of law, which is both a domestic and a foreign policy matter—and the cornerstone of the EU’s outlook and goals

Tonight’s presidential debate will start with opening statements by the six candidates, and focus on the following topics:1. Migration / Youth employment2. Climate change / Environment / Taxation / Competition3. International trade / the role of the EU in a changing world / populism / the democratic gap / relevance of institutions

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 15

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

In total 20 European leaders presented their views on the future direction that the European Union should take, between January 2018 and April 2019

EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 14

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

Elections to the European Parliament have been fuzzy since 1979, when its members stopped being mere delegates. Yet far from exciting public interest, EU-level democracy has been a damp squib. European election turnouts have fallen from a high of 62% of eligible voters to 42% in 2014. The lack of public interest probably reflects the absence of clear issues.

It’s time to admit the EP elections are a charade

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Giles Merritt challenges the value of European elections that ignore the most serious threats to EU citizens’ future well being - ageing and economic decline

The European Business Summit also hosted the 2nd edition of the European Leadership Awards with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in attendance. This prestigious and reputable awards ceremony recognizes the outstanding achievement of global leaders shaping Tomorrow’s Europe in the areas of business, politics, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The 2019 European Business Summit shines a spotlight on tomorrow’s Europe

By: EBR | Friday, May 10, 2019

The European Business Summit’s 2019 edition took place on 6th and 7th May in the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium

The European Leadership Awards is a prestigious and reputable awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements in business, politics, entrepreneurship and innovation. Begun in 2018 as a joint venture by Euronews and the European Business Summit, every year winners are chosen by a jury of experts from business, academia and media.

Jean-Claude Juncker awarded "European Leader of the Year" Award

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 8, 2019

For the past five years, Jean-Claude Juncker has been at the helm of the European Commission at a time of great challenges for the European Union

Juncker is wrong about Europeans losing their libido and “not loving each other anymore”. There’s plenty of love and affection among Europeans. There’s plenty of public enthusiasm about Europe. It is now up to EU leaders, politicians and policymakers to rediscover their lost passion for Europe.

Juncker is wrong: Europeans don’t need a ’’protective Europe’’, they want a passionate one 

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Elections to the European Parliament used to be yawn-inducing. Leadership changes at EU institutions didn’t really matter and while discussions on the ‘Future of Europe’ were numerous, they didn’t get pulses racing

In the meantime, relations between Belgrade and Pristina have turned sour. In November 2018, Kosovo imposed a 100 percent tariff on Serbian goods because Belgrade has been lobbying against Kosovo joining Interpol, precisely because it would amount to this organization giving Kosovo’s independence more international legitimacy.During the Berlin summit, Merkel, who has taken a close interest in the Western Balkans after she launched the “Berlin Process” in 2014, which was aimed at encouraging regional cooperation and closer integration, had hoped to kickstart a dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo. Another summit will be held in July 2019, this time hosted in Paris by President Emmanuel Macron.

Europe Puts the Western Balkans on Hold

By: EBR | Thursday, May 2, 2019

The European Union’s lack of political strategy toward the Western Balkans can only benefit Russia and China

It used to be that each country’s hopes to become a small EU member state and get the same benefits as those Eastern and Central European countries that joined the EU 15 years earlier were treated on its respective merits.Macedonia – now officially the Republic of Northern Macedonia – has made heroic efforts with Greece to solve its name problem. Albania, too, is moving forward steadily under Edi Rama.Twenty years after European democracies intervened to stop massacres and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, Kosovo is still being punished. The main reason is that Serbia cannot accept that — like Ireland after 1920 — Kosovo is now an independent nation.

Keeping the Western Balkans Outside the EU

By: EBR | Thursday, May 2, 2019

Why on earth are Merkel and Macron slamming the door to the EU shut for Europeans between the Aegean and Adriatic?

Some European leaders believe the response to Trump is to move the EU toward “strategic autonomy”—an ambition as unrealistic as Europe’s ability to forge a serious foreign and security policy. Indeed, Brexit has exposed why calls for strategic autonomy amount to a naive response to the changes taking place in America’s own foreign and security policy. This is because Germany remains reluctant to give Europe the kind of leadership the union now needs.

What Brexit Is Doing to Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Brexit saga is exposing the inadequacy of the EU’s foreign and security policy. If only Germany would provide the leadership the union now needs

A pragmatic European response to a right-wing government in Jerusalem can include a clear demand that Netanyahu drops the divisive policy he pursues of aligning with Europe’s least liberal regimes, in return to greater European understanding of Israel’s legitimate security concerns. Such step would benefit the EU in three distinct ways: enhance its relevance in the Middle East; gear internally with loose member states; and increase coordination with Trump’s Middle-East policies.

Israeli Elections offer Stark Choices for Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, April 4, 2019

While the composition of the next government in Jerusalem depends on the Israeli vote, pro-active European policy can influence future outcomes. A pragmatic EU can partake in determining the looming course of action, with each of the alternative Israeli choices

Volodymyr Zelensky, who plays a history school-teacher accidentally propelled to the presidency, won around 30% of the votes, according to exit polls. With around two-thirds of the ballots counted, the actual results are indicating a similar outcome. In second place is Mr Poroshenko with 16%; Ms Tymoshenko is currently third with 13%. Mr Zelensky will now face either Mr Poroshenko or Ms Tymoshenko in the second round scheduled for April 21st. He looks likely to win then.

Ukraine puts a TV comedian in pole position to be president

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Volodymyr Zelensky wins the first round of presidential elections

The downsides to both a general election and a soft Brexit mean that Mrs. May still has an outside chance of securing a majority in Parliament this week for her withdrawal agreement—perhaps accompanied by a promise to MPs to give them a greater say in the negotiations in the months ahead over the UK’s long-term relationship with the EU.

Brexit’s Endgame

By: EBR | Monday, April 1, 2019

The next ten days will bring to a head the Brexit drama. It has strained the UK’s constitution, threatened its social cohesion, terrified its businesses, appalled its friends, and delighted its enemies

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