Growing support for a left coalition to break EPP dominance

Growing support for a left coalition to break EPP dominance

by Editor | Posted on 17 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

On Wednesday evening a final debate between Spitzenkandidaten took place in the European Parliament in Brussels. Six candidates took part, five of whom strongly opposed Manfred Weber, the candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP), the political group that will likely come out as the (much diminished) winner in the EU elections later this month. Frans […] Read more...

Leaders gather in Paris to tackle extremist violence online

Leaders gather in Paris to tackle extremist violence online

by Editor | Posted on 17 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met in Paris this week to launch the ‘Christchurch Call,’ an inter-governmental appeal to put an end to terrorist acts stemming from online radicalisation. The call comes in response to the deadly terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques in New Zealand on March 15, which […] Read more...

Polls predict decimation of Tories in European elections

Polls predict decimation of Tories in European elections

by Editor | Posted on 17 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Latest polling puts Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party ahead of the pack in the race for the European elections.  Polls suggest that the Brexit Party commands between 30% and 34% of the prospective vote for the upcoming European elections, taking place on 23 May. Polls show the Labour party holding 21% of the prospective vote and […] Read more...

Ireland and The Netherlands stand firm on tax

Ireland and The Netherlands stand firm on tax

Posted on 10 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      Ahead of an informal summit meeting of EU leaders in Sibiu, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday, where the two leaders discussed tax policy. Both leaders represent member states that have attracted particular criticism from their EU partners over their taxation policies. In a joint press […] Read more...

Erdoğan takes election gamble

Erdoğan takes election gamble

Posted on 10 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      Turkey’s Supreme Election Council this week took a momentous decision by annulling the outcome of Istanbul’s mayoral election held in March. The decision comes after weeks of government pressure on the Council to overturn the election result which seen opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu narrowly defeat Mr. Erdoğan’s governing AK Party. Voters in […] Read more...

UK to contest EU elections on May 23rd

UK to contest EU elections on May 23rd

Posted on 10 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        This week Cabinet Office minister and de facto deputy prime minister David Lidington formally announced what we already knew – that the UK would go to the polls on May 23rd to elect Members of the European Parliament. Britain’s new MEPs will keep their seats until such time as Westminster ratifies […] Read more...

More trouble ahead for May and Corbyn

More trouble ahead for May and Corbyn

Posted on 03 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        The leaders of the two main parties have been subjected to further political pressure as attention returns to the Brexit impasse with the resumption of Parliament after the Easter break. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn fended off a mini rebellion from members of his shadow cabinet, including Deputy Leader Tom Watson, over […] Read more...

European Commission announces policy priorities for next mandate

European Commission announces policy priorities for next mandate

Posted on 03 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      This week the European Commission published its policy recommendations for the EU’s next strategic agenda from 2019-2024. The Executive’s priorities include measures to strengthen the European Security Union with the goal of developing a “genuine European Defence Union.” This measure is likely to cause further division among those member states who favour […] Read more...

Voters choose left-wing continuity but Madrid faces deadlock

Voters choose left-wing continuity but Madrid faces deadlock

Posted on 03 May 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        Sunday’s third general election in just four years highlighted the dramatic change in fortune for Spain’s two main political parties. Leader of the Socialist Workers’ party (PSEO) and outgoing Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, looks set to return to power with his party emerging as the biggest winner with an additional 37 […] Read more...

Macron reveals long-awaited plans to appease Gilets Jaunes

Macron reveals long-awaited plans to appease Gilets Jaunes

by Editor | Posted on 26 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

On Thursday evening, Emmanuel Macron launched “a new act of the Republic,” in response to the five months of ‘Gilet Jaunes’ protests. Macron spoke in front of 200 journalists for more than two hours at the Élysée Palace. In his speech, Macron said he had listened and drawn conclusions from his three-month voter listening exercise, […] Read more...

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