Elections Archives

  • Why rejecting transnational lists has been a missed opportunity for European democracy

    Future EU 23-02-2018

    Closed pan-European lists would be a game changer in how European citizens identify with EU politics, write Angelos Chryssogelos and Malgorzata Staniaszek.

  • Transnational lists – A bad good idea

    07-02-2018

    Transnational lists are a good idea to strengthen democracy at a European level but a closer look at it reveals "a bad good idea". Steven Van Hecke and Wouter Wolfs voice their three main reservations on the subject.

  • 2019 elections: The end of old-school ‘politics as usual’?

    07-02-2018

    The countdown to the next European Parliament elections has begun. They are an opportunity to change the way we do politics in Europe, to become more inclusive, turn under-representation into equal representation and ultimately increase the trust in our political leaders. Will European political parties accept the challenge? Luis Alvarado writes.

     

  • Why transnational lists matter for EU democracy

    07-02-2018

    We can’t dream of a better political arena for the next political leaders to grow up with an authentically European understanding of what’s next for all of us and the transnational lists will serve this dream, writes Alberto Alemanno.

  • Why transnational lists are not a good idea

    06-02-2018

    The Parliament and Council are set to decide on what to do with the 73 seats currently held by British MEPs. However, leaning towards transnational lists is not the answer because it is un-European and undemocratic, writes Gunnar Hökmark.

  • Why transnational lists are good for European democracy

    06-02-2018

    Ahead of Wednesday's vote in the European Parliament, eight influential politicians from all the leading European parties explain why transnational lists will benefit European democracy.

  • The EU’s fake news fraud

    #Media4EU 23-01-2018

    The war against fake news is exaggerated and overwrought. If anything, European policymakers are engaging in their own form of dishonest, hysterical yellow news policymaking, argues William Echikson.

  • Does the UK government even trust the British people?

    Future EU 19-01-2018

    Labour MP Geraint Davies writes that the Brexit debate is now shifting and that many promises have not materialised. British people who voted in good faith to leave the EU are now facing a number of impacts they simply did not expect.

     

  • The Bulgarian judiciary explained

    Justice & Home Affairs 04-01-2018

    The judiciary in Bulgaria has been a victim of political dependence and of civil society indifference, the only novelty now is that even the European Commission is willing to close its eyes, writes Krassen Nikolov.

  • Learning from Catalonia: What criteria for independence bids?

    18-12-2017

    The EU needs to establish a rational basis for determining the legitimacy of independence bids. Secession of regions should be difficult to enact, but not impossible, argue Steven Hill and Andrew Watt.

  • Europe’s liberals prepare for overthrow of Grand Coalition

    30-11-2017

    Liberals in Europe want to overthrow the European cartel of power held by conservative and social democrats and are targeting victory in the upcoming European elections in 2019. Can their offensive possibly succeed? Wolf Achim Wiegand looks at their chances.

  • Next German government must not fight for right to pollute

    Energy 22-11-2017

    The next German government must embrace EU protections rather than fight for the right to pollute, insists Christian Schaible.

  • An agenda for Germany’s ecological modernisation

    Energy 22-11-2017

    No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann. Based  on exploratory coalition talks, he explains how such an agenda could look like.

  • A coal phase-out in Europe can be planned

    Energy 27-10-2017

    Italy just added its name to the list of country’s pledging to phase out coal. A fair energy transition requires significant efforts but there is experience to build on, writes Julian Schwartzkopff.

  • Babiš searches for international allies in anti-immigration course

    Central Europe 23-10-2017

    The electoral victory of Czech politician Andrej Babiš, who based his campaign on opposition to refugee migration, is causing concern. While critics condemn his stance, he searches for allies in Eastern Europe and beyond. EURACTIV's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.

  • TOGETHER for a stronger, progressive family!

    Special Report | Promoted content | Future EU 18-10-2017

    Socialism still has a long way to go. But following recent elections in various European countries, it is clear that progressive forces must regenerate themselves, write Gianni Pittella and Sergei Stanishev. Gianni Pittella is the president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the …

  • As obstacles to ‘Jamaica’ keep mounting, Europe needs patience with Berlin

    18-10-2017

    For three weeks, Germany’s politics have been frozen while we awaited the result of regional elections in the northwestern Bundesland Lower-Saxony over the weekend. Angela Merkel may now be wishing politics would remain frozen, writes Olaf Boehnke.

  • The EU is not to blame for the rise of the far right

    17-10-2017

    Only a few months ago, experts called it a day on the rise of the far right. The lacklustre performance of populists in France and the Netherlands was taken as evidence of their demise. But this complacency has proved to be misplaced, writes Evgeny Pudovkin.

  • The EU must get involved in the crisis in Catalonia

    Future EU 11-10-2017

    Unless the Catalan and Spanish authorities immediately open channels of dialogue about the constitutional future of Catalonia, the scenes witnessed last Sunday may only be a precursor of things to come. But for this dialogue to take place, the EU must be actively involved, argues Simon Toubeau.

  • EU failure to respond to plight of the Catalans is shameful

    09-10-2017

    In Catalonia, there appears to be a majority in favour of independence at least as great as the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit. The EU cannot continue to close its eyes to what is happening, writes Sir Graham Watson.

  • Give the regions more EU power to save the euro and defeat populism

    Future EU 06-10-2017

    Elections across Europe show Europe's political parties to be increasingly defined by how nationalistic they are. Confronting this and reinstating progressive politics is essential, and can best be done by giving more power to Europe's regions, urges Giles Merritt.

  • Spain’s constitutional court: Power beyond legal practice

    29-09-2017

    Ahead of Sunday's (1 October) independence referendum, Professor Dr Josep-Maria Terricabras writes that the Constitutional Court of Spain is no longer what the Spanish constitution had enacted.

  • No EU money for Eurosceptics!

    20-09-2017

    “We should not be filling the coffers of anti-European extremists,” said Jean-Claude Juncker. It was the first time European political parties were mentioned in the European Commission President’s annual address and it did not go unnoticed, writes Wouter Wolfs.

  • Poland’s cherry picking of EU energy rules makes no sense

    Energy 19-07-2017

    When it comes to EU energy policy, Warsaw does not always adhere to the letter and the spirit of EU law and tends to select rules a la carte, adapting them to Poland's narrowly-defined interests, writes Danila Bochkarev.

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