ECR available to have Salvini in, co-chair said

Matteo Salvini’s MEPs sitting in the ECR group? Why not? “Of course he is a possible ally, of course he is”, said the co-chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists, Ryszard Legutko, in the margin of the plenary session of the European Parliament. The Hungarian prime minister Vikotor Orban is considering to leave the EPP, … Continue reading ECR available to have Salvini in, co-chair said

New EU Commission brought less Stars to the Movement

The M5S delegation divided on the new college of commissioner. Strasbourg vote formalized the internal crisis of the party The Five Star Movement (M5S) got split over the new European Commission. Ten out of the total 14 MEPs voted in favor of the EU executive body led by Ursula von der Leyen, two abstained and … Continue reading New EU Commission brought less Stars to the Movement

“Trade steals our jobs”. Italians the most skeptical of the EU on global commerce

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are not good for the national system. That is what Italians believe, according to a survey published yesterday (20 November). No matter what the trade deal is: whether it is EU-Canada (CETA), EU-Mexico, EU-Viet Nam or EU-Singapore, just a little minority in the Italian Peninsula declared to be in favor of … Continue reading “Trade steals our jobs”. Italians the most skeptical of the EU on global commerce

Von der Leyen Commission, EP already split on the new French candidate

The committee on Legal affairs of the European Parliament gave the green light to the hearings of the three commissioner-designated for Transport, Enlargement, Industry and defense. The MEPs decided that there are not clear conflict of interests, so Thierry Breton, Olivér Várhelyi e Adina Valean can be heard by the competent parliamentary commissions. The hearings … Continue reading Von der Leyen Commission, EP already split on the new French candidate

MEPs against Council non-decision on EU enlargement

Western Balkans can wait. The European Union is not an affair neither for Albania nor for North Macedonia. The heads of State and governments of the EU Member States weren’t capable of opening the accession talks for the two countries asking to join the European community. It was an unhappy decision the one produced on … Continue reading MEPs against Council non-decision on EU enlargement

EU Commission entering into power officially delayed

Von der Leyen's team to start 1 December after three commissioners-designated didn't get the confidence of MEPs The 1st of December is the new 1st of November. If everything is going to be OK, of course. The conference of the presidents of the European Parliament took note of the impossibility for the president elected of … Continue reading EU Commission entering into power officially delayed

MEPs showed Macron and von der Leyen that European Parliament matters

Emmanuel Macron underestimated the European Parliament. The French president was too sure that in the EU of the Member States the co-legislator had no particular role. He wanted to submit the name of Sylvie Goulard for the post of next commissioner for Industry, internal market and defense despite the French woman’s pending problems with justice. … Continue reading MEPs showed Macron and von der Leyen that European Parliament matters

Salvini’s MEPs are the second delegation for external financing

Who the MEPs from the League work for? They sit in the European Parliament, but they receive also money from outside. Who is paying Matteo Salvini’s men is not clear, what is certain is that the Italian sovereignists are among the main delegations for extra-activities, a study published yesterday (26 September) revealed. Members of the … Continue reading Salvini’s MEPs are the second delegation for external financing

MEPs to quiz Gentiloni on his independence from Italy

Preliminary interviews have started for all commissioner candidates, and Paolo Gentiloni made no exception. From 30 September to 8 October the European Parliament will quiz all the people nominated for the role of next members of the European Commission, in public hearings to be held in Brussels. But MEPs already decided to put under scrutiny … Continue reading MEPs to quiz Gentiloni on his independence from Italy