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June 16, 2009 | EU close to deal on Irish Lisbon guarantees
European Union leaders are close to a deal on the legal guarantees of national sovereignty that will be offered to Ireland so that it can hold a second referendum that could unblock the group’s Lisbon reform treaty, EU diplomats said on Monday.
June 15, 2009 | Sweden ready for the unexpected
On 1 July 2009, Sweden will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union. It will lead the EU’s work for six months and be responsible for moving important EU issues forward.
June 11, 2009 | EU politics after the elections
We present you three articles that analyse the impact of the EU elections last weekend on the future of EU politics: which new alliances are going to be formed, which parties are likely to become dominant in the European Parliament, and will the far-right be able to form their own political group? Find out more here.
June 10, 2009 | Barroso heading for a second term?
José Manuel Barroso yesterday officially confirmed his candidacy for a second term as Commission president. After a meeting with the Czech prime minister and current Council president Jan Fisher, Barroso said he accepted the request of the Czech Presidency to present him as a candidate for a second term.
June 09, 2009 | Resentment among the European establishment
One day after the publication of the election results, politicians as well as journalists start wondering what consequences these results will have for European politics. The power balance in the European Parliament does not seem to have changed fundamentally, writes FAZ, with the most likely coalition set to remain that of the People’s Party and the European Socialists.
June 08, 2009 | Centre-right dominates the polls as Socialists lose ground
The European Parliament will continue to be dominated by the centre-right for the next five years, but the 736-seat assembly is set to be more fragmented this time round as many small parties made the threshold, EUobserver reports.
June 05, 2009 | Wilders’ Freedom Party to win elections in the Netherlands
Exit polls suggest that the far right and open anti-Islamic Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders has won 16.9 percent of the votes and will enter the European Parliament with four MEPs.
June 03, 2009 | Some useful links for the elections this week!
As the European elections will take place this week (4-7 June), we present you a selection of articles meant to better inform you about what country votes when, what issues are at stake, and how the elections will hopefully change the elitist character of the European Parliament. Make sure to make your voice heard!
June 02, 2009 | German court judgement on Lisbon end of June
EUobserver reports that the German constitutional court is to publish its judgement on whether the Lisbon Treaty is compatible with Germany’s constitution on 30 June.
June 02, 2009 | 80,000 pieces of law voters can't change
The EU is composed of 27 member states all with parliamentary democracies. Voters may participate in elections, leading to a new majority and then new laws. We have managed to establish the existence of more than 80,000 pieces of law in the EU where this fundamental principle of democracy does not apply.
May 28, 2009 | Facts you did not know about the European Union
"It is time to raise the fundamental questions about the lack of democracy in the EU and our proposals on how to overcome the democratic deficit." Read the letter from Anthony Coughlan, President of the Foundation for EU Democracy here.
May 27, 2009 | EU launches new portal covering newspapers in 10 languages
The website presseurop.eu was launched yesterday and aims at getting citizens across the 27 EU member states talking and reading about the same issues – an EU attempt to create a “European public sphere”. The project receives three million euros of Commission funds each year.
This decision was adopted by the European Parliament to bridge the difference in the number of MEPs between the provisions of the current Nice Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty, should it come into effect.
May 19, 2009 | Centralised states bad for economy, according to Swiss study
A Swiss study shows that European countries where regions have more competences regarding legislation, taxation and education demonstrate a better economic performance and are able to tackle the economic crisis more efficiently than centralised states.
May 18, 2009 | Check out your MEP’s record on VoteWatch.eu
On May 11th, VoteWatch.eu launched its website monitoring the performance and voting record of MEPs and their political groups. The website wants to “promote better debates and greater transparency in EU decision-making by providing easy access to, and analysis of, the political decisions and activities of the European Parliament”.
May 15, 2009 | Declan Ganley: “I want to become Mister Europe”
In an interview with the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Declan Ganley asserts that Europe is currently ruled by a “coalition of mediocrity”. The chief of Libertas claims his party will make Europe more credible to Europeans by rendering it more transparent and more democratic, Libertas being the “bridge” to overcome the EU democratic deficit.
May 14, 2009 | Eurojust chief embroiled in Portuguese corruption scandal
The EU's judicial co-operation body, Eurojust, on Wednesday tried to distance itself from a scandal involving its head, Jose da Mota, who allegedly put pressure on prosecutors in order to stop a corruption probe involving Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates.
May 13, 2009 | Fresh names emerge for commission president post
With Europe's centre-right parties and some socialist governments backing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso for a second mandate, smaller factions have begun calling for a change and throwing some fresh names into the ring.