EU Elections 2014 Archives

  • A call for a democratic Europe, now


    Campaigners from Democracy International warn against declining confidence in the EU, and call on leaders to commit to a Europe of and for its citizens.

  • Blair: The case for Europe is power, not peace

    Social Europe & Jobs 03-06-2014

    In an increasingly multipolar world, in which GDP and population will increasingly be correlated, the rationale for Europe is stronger than ever. Together, Europe’s peoples can wield genuine influence, writes Tony Blair.

  • How do we face extremists in the EU Parliament?


    The recent elections witnessed the rise of Eurosceptic, anti-EU, anti-immigrant, populist, reactionary and even neo-Nazi parties in several EU member states. Their MEPs will have to respect the fundamental values of the EU, but how binding is this, really, asks Mose Apelblat.

  • Why the European election turnout in Slovakia was so low


    The EU election campaign was politically and ideologically shallow, with most of the parties deploying only general massages, so people did not see any point in going out to vote, writes Radvan Geist.

  • After the election – business as usual


    In a strange kind of way, the result of last weekend’s elections is “business as usual”. Ideas to strengthen the role of the European Parliament will be moderated and new, eurosceptic voices will have difficulty exercising any influence, writes Fredrik Erixon.

  • The race for European leadership


    In the wake of the European leaders summit on Tuesday (27 May), Julian Priestley argues that only if the negotiations between the European parties and their parliamentary fail does it become conceivable that the European Council might have to reach out for a candidate outside the election process. But they have every incentive to succeed, because what’s at stake is bringing the direction of the EU within the parliamentary system.

  • Europe’s populist parties lack proper online networks


    Pro-European groups connect through the Internet. Euroskeptics remain independent and isolated, writes Isabell Hoffmann from the Bertelsmann Foundation.

  • When Europe needs a woman


    As debates for the choice of a European Commission president start, Tom Parker from Cambre Associates argues that leaders should appoint a woman to address the “democratic deficit” of the EU and show its commitment to fundamental rights.

  • The European Union is an opportunity and a struggle

    Future EU 16-05-2014

    In an op-ed for EURACTIV, Jacques Delors and António Vitorino go back over the EU's struggles of the past five years - including the euro crisis and Russia - and chart the way forward for the next Commission and Parliament.

  • Europe’s youth ready to make their voices heard!

    EU Priorities 2020 14-05-2014

    More than 5,000 young European came together last weekend in Strasbourg to discuss participation in the next EU elections, and issues important to youth, such as unemployment, education and the future of Europe. An event that top EU officials declined to attend.

  • EU Exit: Deception and Exaggeration

    Brexit 09-05-2014

    Eurosceptics lose the in/out debate because they don’t deploy the correct arguments and Europhiles, meanwhile, don't take them seriously. But a referendum will be fought on facts and those facts don't support our continued EU membership, writes Alan Murad.

  • Time for a citizen-oriented EU


    Subsidiarity is a key principle that needs strengthening, but Europe badly needs to start working out policies and actions that bind EU citizens closer to the project, says Birgitta Ohlsson.

  • Europeans need a positive story: A new Europe for the planet

    Climate change 05-05-2014

    Now is the time for prospective MEPs to give Europe's citizens a concrete sense of how green policies and laws can improve their lives for the better, writes Tony Long.  

  • The Next Stage of European Democracy

    Brexit 18-04-2014

    Politicians and academics should welcome an in-out referendum in the UK in 2017: it is a fantastic incentive to come up with new ideas on ways of governing Europe, writes Deirdre Curtin.

  • Why a British exit is not inevitable

    Brexit 18-04-2014

    Prospects of an in-out referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the EU is not all doom and gloom: Charles Grant sees reasons both for welcoming the debate and for supporting a vote to stay in.

  • Race to the bottom: Germany’s abolition of the 3% threshold


    Some hope the upcoming elections will produce a stronger and more politicised EU Parliament. But this hope has been dashed by the court ruling in Germany that quashes the 3%-electoral threshold, write Mark Dawson and Pierre Thielboerger.

  • 60 million minority Europeans: how many lines in electoral manifestos?


    Ahead of May's EU elections, Martin Demirovski takes a look at European political manifestos propose in terms of minority issues, challenging the usual political wording used to refer to migrants in Europe, calling for a more diverse Parliament after the vote.

  • Election debates: Democratic competition or political oligopoly?

    Elections 14-03-2014

    Austrian and German TV will host a presidential debate between the Socialist and People's Party candidates. By doing so, they obscure the pluralism that will dominate the next European Parliament, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.

  • A new narrative for Europe: From Myth to Mythomania


    President José Manuel Barroso’s new narrative looks like a one more attempt to revive the illusion that Europeans have adhered to the European project because of a shared culture. Another myth. Mozart, Goethe and Picasso have contributed much less to building Europe than the reduction of precariousness that followed WWII, writes Michael Privot.

  • Hungary’s good and bad voters

    Elections 26-02-2014

    The right to vote in the Hungary’s elections is a matter of being a "good" not a "bad" voter. Is it a surprise that the BTI transformation index 2014 has classified the country as a “defective democracy”, Gabriela Balassa wonders.

  • Renzi’s big moment

    Med & South 26-02-2014

    The timing, manner and substance of Matteo Renzi’s rise to power is troubling, writes Kevin Lees.

  • Europe: An ode to fear?


    The EU was not the cause of the crisis, even if it lacked an effective response to it. The next European Parliament elections should put European integration front and centre instead of slamming the EU too easily, writes Yves Bertoncini. 

  • Scotland and Europe: both Cameron and Salmond must play fair with the voters

    Brexit 18-02-2014

    Scottish independence does not secure Edinburgh EU membership per se, as European Commission President José Manuel Barroso stressed the scenario would be unprecedented. Many stumbling blocks lie on the path towards membership, including the euro, the ever-changing acquis communautaire and the required unanimity amongst member states, writes Andrew Duff.

  • The state of the Union’s democratic process

    Future EU 07-02-2014

    The European Commission's democratic legitimacy is still an important issue that should be thoroughly analysed in a future revision of the treaties, writes Paulo Rangel.