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May 27, 2014

UK’s Cameron rallies support ahead of post-election EU summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch an assault against “business as usual” at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday, calling on his fellow EU leaders to set clearer and simpler priorities that address the concerns of frustrated voters.

After resounding victories for the far-right in Britain, France and Denmark, and a strong performance by populist or Eurosceptic groups in many other EU countries in European elections, Cameron is under pressure to shore up his position at home and deliver on long-promised changes in Europe.

May 26, 2014

Determined Juncker sets out case to head European Commission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The battle for the presidency of the European Commission, arguably the most powerful job in Brussels, began in earnest on Monday after the centre-right secured a clear victory in European Parliament elections.

Former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, the centre-right’s choice for Commission president, brushed off questions about his candidacy, saying the job was effectively his for the taking.

May 26, 2014

French far right in ‘earthquake’ win as Europe votes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Eurosceptic nationalists scored stunning victories in European Parliament elections in France and Britain on Sunday as critics of the European Union more than doubled their seats in a continent-wide protest vote against austerity and unemployment.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the breakthrough by Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front in one of the EU’s founding nations a political “earthquake”.

May 26, 2014

French far right in ‘earthquake’ win as Europe votes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Eurosceptic nationalists scored stunning victories in European Parliament elections in France and Britain on Sunday as critics of the European Union more than doubled their seats in a continent-wide protest vote against austerity and unemployment.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the breakthrough by Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front in one of the EU’s founding nations a political “earthquake”.

May 25, 2014

Europe votes on ‘Super Sunday’ with far-right in spotlight

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European elections culminate on “Super Sunday” when the remainder of the EU’s 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European Union centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left.

Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland are among the major EU member states voting on Sunday, representing the bulk of the 388 million Europeans eligible to cast ballots and elect the 751 deputies to sit in the European Parliament from 2014-2019.

May 24, 2014

EU set for election ‘Super Sunday,’ with far-right vote in spotlight

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European elections reach their culmination on “Super Sunday” when the remaining 20 of the EU’s 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left.

Germany, France, Spain and Poland are among the major EU member states voting on Sunday, representing the bulk of the 388 million Europeans eligible to cast ballots and elect the 751 deputies to sit in the European Parliament from 2014-2019.

May 22, 2014

Far right suffers Dutch surprise as EU vote begins

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s marathon parliamentary election kicked off on Thursday when Britain and the Netherlands voted, with right-wing, anti-EU parties expected to attract a surge of protest votes in many countries on a low turnout.

However, a Dutch exit poll indicated that the anti-Islam, Eurosceptic Freedom Party of Geert Wilders’ – which plans to forge an alliance with France’s far-right National Front – has fallen well short of its goal of topping the poll.

May 22, 2014

Polls show rise for far-right as EU votes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s election marathon kicks off on Thursday as polls open in Britain and the Netherlands, where far-right, anti-EU parties are forecast to top the ballot, spearheading a surge in protest-voting across the continent.

After two months of campaigning that opinion polls suggest has largely failed to inspire the electorate, up to 380 million Europeans will vote in 28 countries, choosing 751 deputies to represent them in the European Parliament.

May 19, 2014

Ahead of EU vote, a struggle to close the ‘democratic deficit’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – As exercises in democracy go, this week’s EU election rivals the United States, India and Brazil for sheer numbers.

But when it comes to voter recognition it is a very different story. The lead candidates could not even dream of comparisons with Barack Obama or Narendra Modi and therein lies a problem for the European Union as it battles to make itself more relevant and accountable to its citizens.

May 8, 2014

Two weeks before EU elections, 62 percent ‘not interested’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Six out of 10 Europeans are “not that interested” in the European Parliament elections later this month, according to a poll released on Thursday, despite huge efforts by campaign managers to make the ballot more relevant.

The survey of nearly 9,000 people in 12 EU countries found 62 percent were either “not at all” or “not so much” interested in the May 22-25 vote, which will decide the leadership of the European Union for the next five years.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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