David O'Leary

EU political communications and public affairs specialist

Welcome to my clippings.me site.

Here you will find a series of my blogposts, articles, media clippings and videos - principally related to Burson-Marsteller's Europe Decides project.

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Europe Decides

A five-point guide to the EU top jobs puzzle

Here's our five-point guide to Saturday's meeting and what it means - and have your say on one of the key issues of the summer by voting in our poll. After the failure to agree...

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Herman's checklist: finding a balance for the EU's top jobs

A big week, and a careful balancing act Centre-right leaders hold a numerical advantage in the European Council, and in the European Parliament, strengthening their negotiating...

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Building a new Commission - the runners and riders for the next College

With the choice of a President of the European Commission still up in the air, we are a long way off knowing the full team that will occupy the upper floors of the Berlaymont...

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Who's going where? Tracking the musical chairs in the European Parliament

Crowdsourcing of information on the new political groups in the European Parliament, with nearly 250 comments supplied on the blog and more via Twitter.

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Five days on from the election: five reflections on the Commission presidency

That was the week that was: an odd few days where the European People's Party won the European Parliament elections, but was also the biggest loser; and where Socialists in the...

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PollWatch 2014: EPP to remain largest party in new European Parliament

The Group of the European People's Party will be the largest formation in the new European Parliament according to the final PollWatch 2014 prediction. With voting due to begin...

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PollWatch 2014: gap at top narrows while Greens drop to seventh

Click the slices to see the group names, predicted number of MEPs and share of total representation in the Parliament However, the future looks less bright for the Greens /...

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PollWatch 2014: EPP extends lead as smaller groups scramble for seats

Click the slices to see the group names, predicted number of MEPs and share of total representation in the Parliament The ECR Group is forecast to win members from only six...

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PollWatch 2014: EPP lead over Socialists narrows in latest polls

There is little change in the latest PollWatch 2014 predictions with the centre-right Group of the European People’s Party maintaining a narrow – and narrowing – lead over the...

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PollWatch 2014: EPP ahead for first time with five weeks to go

After weeks of slowly making up ground on the centre-left Socialists & Democrats Group in the PollWatch 2014 predictions, the centre-right Group of the European People's Party...

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Different states of independence

One of the quirky sub-plots of this year's European Parliament elections is that the success of one 'independence' movement could inadvertently boost the prospects of another....

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PollWatch 2014: EPP maintains lead as campaign enters final month

As the countdown to the European Parliament elections enters its final month, the centre-right Group of the European People's Party maintains its lead over the centre-left...

S&D Group in the European Parliament

Relaunching Europe - Our Call to Action for an Alternative Europe

I ghost-wrote this book for the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament.

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The first head-to-head: much ado about very little

A little bit of European political history was made yesterday, with the first televised head-to-head debate between candidates for the European Commission presidency. The first...

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PollWatch 2014: a dead heat between Left and Right as campaign hots up

The gap between the centre-left Socialists & Democrats Group and the centre-right Group of the European People's Party has disappeared in the latest PollWatch 2014 prediction....

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50 days to go, 50 things to know about Europe's year of change

All the main European political parties have chosen their lead candidates for the campaign and the people they will back for the Commission presidency. Jean-Claude Juncker, the...

Revolve

Europe’s Moment of Truth

(pp 60-64) Article in Spring 2014 edition looking ahead to the European Parliament elections. Also available at revolve.media/europes-moment-of-truth

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PollWatch 2014: Socialists and EPP neck-and-neck in latest prediction

The centre-left Socialists & Democrats Group and the centre-right Group of the European People's Party are neck-and-neck in the race to become the biggest political group in the...

Public Affairs Networking

Spitzenkandidaten for Brussels, headaches for London

Online article about British political parties' approaches to the idea of 'lead candidates' for the presidency of the European Commission.

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PollWatch 2014: Socialists still in front, but lead cut

The second PollWatch 2014 prediction sees the centre-left Socialists & Democrats Group still on course to be the biggest political group in the next European Parliament.