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[Ticker] Bettel: Luxembourg voters did not vote for Weber

21.06.2019 4:05

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel on Friday criticised the Spitzenkandidaten (lead candidate) system, saying that if Europe really wanted it to work, the name of the pan-European candidate should be on the ballot paper at the next European parliament elections in 2024. "In my country no one who voted Christian Democrat, did so for [Manfred] Weber," said a frustrated-looking Bettel, referring to the candidate of the centre-right European People's Party.

Merkel cautions EU leaders over choice of EU Commission chief

20.06.2019 20:28

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that EU leaders could provoke a crisis if they did not take into account the views of the European Parliament when choosing the next head of the EU executive. This wouldn't be good for the work of the Commission in the next five years," she told reporters after leaders failed to settle on a name during their summit. Merkel also said an agreement on top jobs should be reached before the new European Parliament meets for a first time on July 2.


[Ticker] EUobserver appoints new interim editor-in-chief

20.06.2019 10:49

EUobserver has appointed Koert Debeuf as its new interim editor-in-chief, starting 1 July. Debeuf is a former spokesman for the Belgian prime minister, an EUobserver blogger from Cairo, and worked in the European Parliament. He was also a contributing editor at the Daily Beast and a columnist in several European and Middle East newspapers.


European elections: Spitzenkandidat chaos rages on - what is the Spitzenkandidat?

20.06.2019 9:34

THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2019 saw shock results as populists parties made huge gains on the left and right - but before the European Parliament can recommence, the chaotic process of Spitzenkandidat must be resolved. What is the Spitzenkandidat and when does voting take place?


[Ticker] Merkel hopes to name commission chief by early July

20.06.2019 8:57

German chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that EU leaders' goal should be to agree on a commission president by the time the new parliament convenes in early July. "We need a joint solution, so it would be unacceptable to me for the European Council to make a recommendation that in the end isn't supported by the European Parliament," Merkel said, adding that a decision might not be made on Thursday.


New faces, old problems

20.06.2019 3:20

So today we find out who will be the final two candidates to become the new leader of the Conservative party. It’s also the day that we find out whether the EU has made any progress on selecting individuals to fill the top jobs at the Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council. Both […]


The “Spitzenkandidaten” in the media: did they make a difference this time?

19.06.2019 12:50

This is a post on Spitzenkandidaten by Dr Katjana Gattermann. The text was originally published in the edited volume Euroflections. Leading academics on the European elections 2019, a free downloadable report with results, analyses and reflections on the election to the European Parliament 2019. More than 70 researchers from all over Europe participate in the […]


[Ticker] Ciolos picked as new chief of liberal group

19.06.2019 4:45

Romania's former prime minister and ex-commissioner Dacian Ciolos was elected Wednesday (19 June) to head the new liberal alliance, Renew Europe (formerly Alde), in the European Parliament. He received 65 votes against 41 votes for Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld by fellow liberal MEPs. Ciolos's candidacy bid took off after he received the backing of French president Emmanuel Macron's delegation, who joined the liberal group after last month's election.

Facebook’s Libra coin isn’t even out yet, but it’s already facing opposition in Europe

18.06.2019 16:20

Facebook on Tuesday announced the Bitcoin rival it has been developing for the better part of a year: Libra. From the start, Facebook insisted on how secure Libra would be, and on the fact that a subsidiary called Calibra will be in charge of Libra, and that a Libra Association would oversee the Libra blockchain.It's as if Facebook wanted to ensure everyone ahead of Libra's 2020 launch that the coin won't be another way for the company to make money off of its customers by collecting even more personal data from them. We told you before the announcement that you should avoid Libra at all costs until Facebook proves it can be trusted with our privacy. But now that Libra is official, it's already facing opposition out of Europe.As the recent past has shown, it's Europe that US tech companies have to fear. Google has been slapped with no less than three multi-billion dollar fines in anti-trust cases, and regulators in various countries aren't fans of Facebook in light of the recent scandals that plagued the social network.Facebook's desire to handle payments won't go unnoticed or unscrutinized in the region, and the French finance minister Bruno Le Maire already commented on Libra. "It is out of question" that Libra "become a sovereign currency," Le Maire said in an interview with Europe 1 radio, per Bloomberg. "It can't and it must not happen."The official also called on the Group of Seven central bank governors to prepare a report on Facebook's project for the upcoming July meetings. Le Maire's fears were echoed by Markus Ferber, a German member of the European Parliament who took to -- wait for it -- Facebook to say that with more than 2 billion users, the company could become a "shadow bank," and that regulators should be on high alert."Multinational corporations such as Facebook must not be allowed to operate in a regulatory nirvana when introducing virtual currencies," said Ferber.The other day I said that Libra does have one advantage over other cryptos: It can raise awareness about blockchain tech and digital currencies to teach more people about cryptocurrencies and the blockchain. In light of these first reactions from the EU, there's one other side-effect that Libra might have on the crypto space. It could convince more governments to take a closer look at cryptos, and issue stricter regulation.

[Ticker] New socialist group leader to push for Timmermans

18.06.2019 11:52

Spanish MEP and in the European Parliament, Iratxe Garcia, said Tuesday she will push for Dutch commissioner Frans Timmermans to head the next EU commission. "Timmermans is the best candidate for the European Commission and we will support him," she told journalists after the vote, adding that she sought to open negotiations with other pro-EU groups in the parliament.

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