Richard Steel

Senior Advisor, Interel

Welcome to VoteEurope, a tool to guide you through the runners and riders in these most eagerly-awaited EP elections. Interel’s multi-national EU team, in collaboration with our offices and partners across the EU27, will keep you posted on all the decisions, plus a healthy dollop of gossip and rumour.For further information: richard.steel@interelgroup.com

Postcard from Strasbourg – 25 October 2019

This was the week we were supposed to wave farewell to Juncker and Tusk and see the new von der Leyen Commission triumphantly sworn into office. MEPs had already scuppered that by rejecting three Commission candidates and both Juncker and Tusk have still some work to do before putting their feet up. Plenary is now due to vote in the new Commission on 27 November, but the narrow majority for von der Leyen and the size of the revolt against Sylvie Goulard indicate that this should not be taken for granted, while party discipline among the big three groups remains shaky. There is still no timetable for the next set of confirmation hearings, with Romania still desperately searching for a…

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