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May 27, 2014

After seismic elections, EU leaders assess damage

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders assessed the continent’s dramatically altered political landscape on Tuesday following European Parliament elections and sought a response to a rising tide of voter frustration.

With far-right, anti-EU parties sweeping to unprecedented victories in France, Britain and Denmark and populists gaining ground elsewhere, the 28 leaders faced tough questions about the future direction of European integration.

May 26, 2014

Eurosceptic election surge gives EU a headache

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Stunning victories in European Parliament elections by nationalist, Eurosceptic parties from France and Britain left the European Union licking its wounds on Monday and facing a giant policy dilemma.

Across the continent, anti-establishment parties of the far right and hard left more than doubled their representation amid voter apathy, harnessing a mood of anger with Brussels over austerity, mass unemployment and immigration.

May 26, 2014
May 20, 2014

Europe’s centre right make gains on election eve: poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The center right has extended its lead over the center left in the race for dominance in the European Parliament elections this week, a poll showed on Tuesday, but both sides are expected to fiercely contest the presidency of the European Commission.

The European People’s Party (EPP) will take 217 seats in the May 22-25 vote, a five-seat improvement on a week ago, according to an analysis of national surveys by PollWatch 2014, its final forecast before polls open.

May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014

Drum protest as EU denounces ‘lies’ about planned U.S. trade pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union sought on Thursday to counter rising opposition to transatlantic trade talks as hundreds of activists protested against the plans that they say would only benefit big companies fixated on maximizing profits.

A year into talks to create the world’s largest free-trade pact, European farmers, unions and nationalist politicians are trying to sway an uncertain public against the plans, despite studies showing an accord could increase economic growth.

May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014

Europe’s centre-right leads by a sliver before EU election: poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The center-right is set to win the most seats in European Parliament elections next week, but its wafer-thin poll lead suggests the chances of securing the presidency of the European Commission are uncertain.

The European People’s Party (EPP) will take 212 seats in the May 22-25 vote, according to an analysis of national polls on Wednesday by PollWatch 2014, only three more seats than its center-left rivals, the Socialists and Democrats (S&D).

May 13, 2014

Populist gains to complicate Europe’s free trade ambitions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Growing support for far-right parties has dominated the run-up to next week’s European Parliament elections but a lesser noticed theme is lurking: that protest parties on both right and left will try to scupper EU free trade talks.

With parliament determined to exercise new powers after May 22-25 elections and opinion polls showing almost a third of the chamber’s seats will go to anti-EU groups on the right and left, there is scope for disruption.

May 7, 2014
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      "Robin Emmott is Reuters diplomatic correspondent in Brussels, covering the European Union’s foreign and security affairs and NATO. After spells in Amsterdam at Het Financeele Dagblad and in Mexico City with the Financial Times, Robin spent a decade covering Latin America for Reuters. Since 2011, he has been in Brussels writing on trade, foreign affairs and economics."
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