Latest: EU Elections 2014
On 22-25 May, all EU member states will hold elections for the European Parliament. Follow the latest news from across Europe sourced from the EurActiv Network, present in 15 European countries.
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PollWatch 2014: Socialists still in front, but lead cut5/3 - The second PollWatch 2014 prediction sees the centre-left Socialists & Democrats Group still on course to be the biggest political group in the next European Parliament. Read the full story on the Europe Decides website.
UKIP wins TV time in UK4/3 - The UK Independence Party (UKIP) was granted the status of 'major party' by the British broadcast media regulator, Ofcom.TV channels will have to treat UKIP - a populist, eurosceptic and anti-immigration party - by the same standards as for example Labour or the Conservatives. UKIP leader Nigel Farage will also have to be invited to the televised debates in the run-up to next May's elections.
Rome: Schulz & Renzi steal the showROME, 1/3 - The socialist parties across Europe gathered in Rome, this weekend, to elect their frontrunner and adopt the common manifesto. Campaigns in the coming months will be targeted at a 'different Europe', the parties' speeches, gatherings and talks suggest. EurActiv Italy reports from the electoral congress in Rome:
- Update: EurActiv.com published an overview of this weekend's congress - in English:
- Some tweets from the events:
- The European socialists also adopted their common programme at their Rome congress, this weekend. This 'Manifesto will serve as the basis for member parties to shape their European campaigns.
Greece: New Democracy and Syriza neck and neck1/3 - In Greece, a poll reveals just a very small differences in voters' interests in the country's two leading parties: New Democracy and SYRIZA. Here's more, by Greek Reporter:
Spanish extreme right ‘will get nothing’ in EU election, experts sayMADRID, 3/3 - As far-right forces gather strength from Hungary to Belgium, Spain appears to be an exception on the continent, as no far-right party is expected to obtain a significant number of votes in the European elections, EurActiv Spain reports.
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German Constitutional Court: 3% EU election threshold unconstitutionalBERLIN, 26/2 - Germany's top court has declared the 3% threshold parties still need to get into the European Parliament unconstitutional possibly opening the door to more fringe movements in the May elections.