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Future EU 29-04-2022

All good things come in … four? Why the new draft on the European electoral act should be supported

Next week, the European Parliament (EP) will vote on a new European Electoral Law. It is likely to be a historic vote, as unlike the previous three attempts (1998, 2011 and 2018), this time the EP might actually decide in favour of the introduction of transnational lists and a more harmonised European electoral law.
Eastern Europe 21-11-2019

Georgia’s parliament chief: We urge the opposition to be constructive

In an exclusive interview, the speaker of the Georgian parliament Archil Talakvadze explains the ideas to change the country’s electoral system, why the recent vote wasn’t successful, and the way forward, excluding early elections, as demanded by the opposition. Archil...
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Future EU 25-04-2018

Prospects for Europe – How to enhance European Democracy

On 11 April 2018, some 170 guests from politics, business and civil society attended the 9th Brussels Wednesday Social, hosted by METRO AG in cooperation with European Movement International (EMI) and EuroCommerce.
Elections 16-06-2017

Could proportional representation work for France?

France is mulling the introduction of proportional representation for its next legislative election. It could take inspiration from its European neighbours, all of which – bar the United Kingdom – use a version of PR. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2015

Leinen: Parliament mulls ‘first steps’ to reform EU elections before 2019

The European Parliament will vote next week on the reform of the EU electoral law. Nine steps are proposed to make the EU elections more visible and more European. However, there is no mention of the the European transnational lists which would have been the real breakthrough, German MEP Jo Leinen (SPD) told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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Elections 04-06-2015

Which European primary election system for citizens to connect better with the EU?

With lessons from the 2014 campaigns still fresh in people's minds, this is the perfect time to start the discussions within and among European political parties on how the system for the European elections in 2019 can be improved.
TellEurope Presidential Debate Brussels, 15 May 2014. Organised by EBU, hosted at the European Parliament. Candidates: Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Schulz, Guy Verhofstadt, Ska Keller, Alexis Tsipras
Elections 04-06-2015

European Primary Elections: Step it up, ahead of 2019

Now is the time to start the debate on how to better organise the 2019 European primary elections and Spitzenkandidaten system, especially in light of the forthcoming European political party congresses later this year, argue Dan Luca and Dominique Ostyn.
Brexit 09-04-2015

Britain’s voting system is partially responsible for holding back women’s representation

The proportion of women elected to parliament in the UK remains low compared to other countries. Nevertheless, Chris Terry suggests switching to a system of proportional representation would increase the descriptive representation of women faster than is likely under the current First-Past-the-Post system.

Italian voters stay home

The Italian government suffered a serious defeat yesterday, as too few voters turned up for the referendum on a reform of the Italian electoral system