Review of the Year: 15 key dates in Europe’s Year of Change

 
ALDE Congress
1 February: Liberals pick Verhofstadt at Brussels Congress
PES Congress
1 March: Socialists confirm Schulz
EPP Congress
6 March: Juncker beats Barnier, and the race is on
Alexis TSIPRAS for the Party of the European Left, Ska KELLER for the Green Party, Martin SCHULZ for the Party of European Socialists, Jean-Claude JUNCKER for the European People's Party, Guy VERHOFSTADT for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Euro
28 April and 15 May: The Presidential Debates
EE2014 " Camembert " results on giant screen in plenary chamber
25 May: Europe votes… but the message is unclear
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27 May: A tale of two meetings
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30 May: Merkel’s u-turn puts Juncker back in pole position
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27 June: Cameron isolated as leaders back Juncker
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1 July: Schulz takes Parliament presidency in first test of grand coalition
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15 July: Juncker and his programme get MEPs’ backing
30 August
30 August: Tusk-Mogherini ticket approved at Saturday summit
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10 September: All the President’s men (and women) revealed in restructured Commission
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6 October: Bratušek’s failure threatens delay
Group photo, from left to right,in the 1st row: Cecilia Malmström, Member designate of the EC in charge of Trade, Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Marianne Thyssen, Member designate of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President designate of the EC, Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of Budget and Human Resources, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and Vĕra Jourová, Member designate of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,in the 2nd row: Neven Mimica, Member designate of the EC in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Violeta Bulc, Member designate of the EC in charge of Transport, Jonathan Hill, Member designate of the EC in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member designate of the EC in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Margrethe Vestager, Member designate of the EC in charge of Competition,in the 3rd row: Tibor Navracsics, Member designate of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Pierre Moscovici, Member designate of the EC in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, Corina Creţu, Member designate of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member designate of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and Vytenis Andriukaitis, Member designate of the EC in charge of Health and Food Safety,in the 4th row: Phil Hogan, Member designate of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, Günther Oettinger, Member designate of the EC in charge of Digital Economy and Society, Johannes Hahn, Member designate of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and Christos Stylianides, Member designate of the EC in charge of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management,in the 5th row: Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of the Energy Union, Miguel Arias Cañete, Member designate of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Energy, Karmenu Vella, Member designate of the EC in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Carlos Moedas, Member designate of the EC in charge of Research, Science and Innovation
22 October: Grand coalition waves through new Commission
Swearing-in of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC
10 December: Commissioners takes an oath – but the honeymoon’s over