# Election year

Manfred Weber (R), European People's Party (EPP) candidate and Frans Timmermans, Party of European Socialists (PES) candidate, pose prior to a TV debate at the studios of public broadcaster ZDF in Berlin on May 16, 2019. Photo: John MacDougall / AFP
Manfred Weber (R), European People's Par […]

What is a European party?

European parliamentary groups are not fully-fledged parties, but loose federations of national movements, roughly organised by ideology.
Candidates for the upcoming European Commission president elections pose ahead of the Eurovision presidential debate at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on May 15, 2019. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Candidates for the upcoming European Com […]

How Europe will choose its next generation of leaders

This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs -- it but won't decide the winners.
ILLUSTRATION: A woman holds a European flag in the slot of a ballot box (posed photograph). From 23 to 26 May 2019, the citizens of the European Union will elect the European Parliament for the ninth time. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB
ILLUSTRATION: A woman holds a European f […]

European far-right alliance celebrates ‘new chapter’ in Milan

Italy's deputy premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has invited European nationalist and far-right parties to a rally in Milan before the European Parliament elections, to discuss a potential alliance.
(L-R) Spanish conservative Popular Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, far-left Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, PM and PSOE candidate Pedro Sanchez and centre-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) leader Albert Rivera wait for the start of a televised debate in Madrid on April 23, 2019 ahead of this weekend's general election. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
(L-R) Spanish conservative Popular Party […]

Spanish election: Five things to know

A third general election in less than four years, the emergence of the far-right, the Catalan crisis... Here are five things to know about Spain's early polls taking place on Sunday.
Winning European People's Party (EPP) leadership candidate, Manfred Weber, celebrates with his supporters after the result of the ballot in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. Photo: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva / AFP
Winning European People's Party (EPP) le […]

Europe’s political right picks Weber to lead election fight

Europe's main right-wing parties choose German MEP Manfred Weber to lead them into next year's European election campaign, perhaps giving him a shot at the EU's most powerful post.
ARCHIVE - 03.05.2018, Belgium, Brussels: Manfred Weber (CSU), leader of the Group of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, comes to a working breakfast before a Cabinet meeting in the Bavarian representation. According to German Commissioner Oettinger, Weber would be a good candidate for the European elections in May 2019. Photo: Sven Hoppe / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
ARCHIVE - 03.05.2018, Belgium, Brussels: […]

Manfred Weber launches bid for top EU job after 2019 elections

Bavarian politician aims to become Commission president. But he still has major obstacles to overcome.
Former Slovenian PM, current president of the right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and winner of the Parliament elections Janez Jansa (R) meets President Borut Pahor to discuss the formation of a coalition in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on June 7, 2018. Photo: Jure Makovec / File
Former Slovenian PM, current president o […]

Slovenia anti-migrant party says will try to form coalition govt

The Slovenian anti-immigration party that came first in last week's election will attempt to form a coalition government, its leader says, despite falling well short of a parliamentary majority.