How to lose friends in Europe

Despite opposition from the UK and Hungary, the European Council nominated Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission on 27 June. Eunice Goes writes on the attempt made by British Prime Minister David Cameron to block Juncker’s nomination. She argues that the strategy adopted Read More …

The European Union must have a closer link to national politics

National governments are still involved in negotiations over nominating a candidate for the next President of the European Commission. Anand Menon writes that while much of this debate has focused on the merits of individual candidates such as Jean-Claude Juncker, the real issue is a structural one Read More …

The New Flemish Alliance joins the ECR group

The New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), which won the largest share of the vote in the Belgian federal elections in May, has traditionally combined a pro-EU platform with calls for greater autonomy for Flanders. Benjamin Leruth writes on the party’s decision to join the European Conservatives and Reformists Read More …

The European Council should not feel obliged to choose any of the leading candidates

This year’s European Parliament election has been noteworthy both for the rise of Euroscepticism and the introduction of leading candidates for European Commission president put forward by some of the European political parties. Anthony Salamone argues that the European Council should freely choose its own nominee for Read More …

Europe has spoken but it didn’t say Juncker

Event A: five political groups in the European Parliament put forward a leading candidate for the post of Commission president before the European elections. Event B: EU citizens vote in European elections without knowing these candidates and without knowing how their vote could influence the Read More …

Austria’s Young Far Right

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEKr_sDUPTE[/embedyt] Right-wing nationalists of the Identitarian Movement held a rally in Vienna on May 17. Organizing themselves across social media, members of factions across Europe flooded in from France, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland to join the Austrian faction to demonstrate against the EU. To combat Read More …

How do you solve a problem like… Nigel?

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) gained the largest vote share and seat allocation in the UK’s European Parliament elections. Tim Bale writes that while UKIP’s strong polling ratings prior to the election had already prompted David Cameron’s Conservative Party to take a harder line on immigration Read More …