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The post-Schulz era: Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom!

Members and staff of the European Parliament breathed a collective sigh of relief to see Martin Schulz finally booted out of the assembly’s presidency. Under his successor, Antonio Tajani, they expect to breathe the air of freedom. 512 more words


The Grand Coalition is dead: Long live the Centre-Right

The so-called Grand Coalition between the European People’s Party and the Socialists in the European Parliament was well and truly killed this morning. In its place is emerging a new centre-right coalition of EPP and Liberals (ALDE). 349 more words

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The sorry state of the European Parliament following Marin Schulz's term as President

Now that Martin Schulz is at last gone, the battle for his succession is in full heat. No wonder: the German bulldozer has managed to transform the role of the President of the EP from one in which the incumbent is to ensure that all debates and procedures take place in an orderly and serene way and everyone is treated fairly into one where the President is assuming disproportionate powers, as if he were some kind of head of government. 747 more words

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Mr Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt, headed for the exit?

Belgian media are reporting that Liberal Group (ALDE) leader in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian Prime Minister, has lost both his internal authority and external credibility following the failed rapprochement with the left-radical Italian party, the Five Star Movement (M5S), led by comedian Beppe Grillo. 320 more words

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Il 5Stelle a caccia di un cappello europeo.

La vicenda che ha portato, in meno di ventiquattr’ore, il Movimento 5 Stelle ad accostarsi al partito europeo di Mario Monti, ed esserne respinto, è l’ennesima lezione sulla natura del fenomeno grillino, e sulla sua evoluzione. 459 more words


9 gennaio

“Non c’è abbastanza terreno in comune col Movimento 5 Stelle per accettare la sua richiesta di entrare a fare parte del gruppo ALDE. Ci sono differenze fondamentali a proposito di questioni chiave sull’Europa”

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Liberals rejected Alliance with Five Star Movement

DEPECHE from Serge Turbin, European Parliament, follow-up of OPINION on M5S joining ALDE party:

The shocking prospect of Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) joining the ALDE group in the European Parliament did not materialise as the ALDE group’s executive committee bureau rejected the deal. 210 more words