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EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

EU elections: Two parties try to inject hate into Danish politics

The heated debate over refugees, minorities and Islam has affected the upcoming elections in Denmark, writes Bashy Quraishy.
Elections 29-03-2017

European elections: Careful what you promise, citizens are watching

Members of the European Parliament made a number of big promises ahead of the last election, it is time they were held accountable for the pledges they made, write Allan Päll and Petros Fassoulas.

Trump will be a gift to Europe’s lost unity

The presidency of Donald J. Trump is going to be a gift to Europe’s troubled and divided policymakers, even though it comes in a package labelled ‘Handle with Care’ and ‘Danger’, writes Giles Merritt.
Elections 30-08-2016

European elections: national lists, European parties?

Pro-European circles generally believe that only transnational lists can make elections to the European Parliament more European. But the proposal is unlikely ever to be accepted by the Council. Pierre Jouvenat considers an alternative.
Global Europe 13-06-2016

Without citizens’ support, EU falls pray to populists and Russian influence

The European project as it stands now is not based on the broad consensus of the European public, and that’s why populists and Russian propaganda are so successful, writes Tomáš Zdechovský .
Elections 26-11-2015

An EU-wide constituency: Be careful what you wish for!

Calls have been made for the structure of the European elections to be altered. But the ramifications of such a move could have a huge impact on EU politics, writes Nicholas Whyte.
Euro & Finance 28-08-2015

Towards a European Commission with fewer competencies for more power?

Fabian Willermain argues that turning the Commission into an elected and accountable European government would both legitimise the institution in the eyes of the citizens and take some powers out of the executive’s hands.
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.
Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
Brexit 03-12-2014

MEPs face loss of legitimacy if they fail parliamentary reform

If the European Union lacks somewhat in terms of popular legitimacy, the electoral procedure of the European Parliament must have something to do with it. Fortunately, Parliament is itself responsible for initiating electoral reform, although like all parliaments it must overcome the vested interests of serving deputies that provide an in-built bias towards the status quo, writes Andrew Duff.
Tom Parker
EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

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.
Jacques Delors
Future EU 16-05-2014

The European Union is an opportunity and a struggle

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.

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