About: European Parliament elections

Future EU 01-12-2017

Unprecedented vote on budget puts S&D on track for EU elections in 2019

This week's vote on the EU budget for 2018 might signal a turning point in defining the future political landscape of the European Union, writes Doru Frantescu.
Elections 16-01-2017

The Parliament that Europeans want to hear from

The European Parliament is delivering, but there is still room for improvement in the way it communicates to both the younger and older generations, writes Vice-President Ramón Valcárcel.
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.
EU Priorities 2020 16-03-2015

The case for common rules for EU democracy

The initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs to reform the outdated European electoral law is a positive move. A reform of the European electoral system and the rules governing the European parties is necessary to strengthen the link between the European parties and the European public, writes Bernd Hüttemann.
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.
Armin Steuernagel
EU Elections 2014 05-06-2014

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.
Future EU 06-06-2013

Four steps to usher EU out of austerity

The transition to a more integrated eurozone within a vaster internal market may usher Europe out of austerity, if applied properly. Berlin has given indications it would not stand in the way. The French Socialist Party must map the way forward at its June convention and act between September’s German elections and the May 2014 European elections, writes Christophe Leclercq.
Future EU 13-03-2012

Time to give the European Parliament some muscle

As the European Parliament decides to put the transnational MEPs proposal back in the drawer, the EU is loosing another chance for legitimacy and accountability that is so much in need, argues Joan Marc Simon from Democracia Global.
Future EU 16-05-2011

Catch-up democracy: The case for electoral reform of the European Parliament

In June the European Parliament is to vote on a major package of proposals to reform its composition and electoral procedure. Here the Parliament’s rapporteur, UK Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff (ALDE) argues the case for change. 
EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2009

Post-election analysis: Between apathy and anger, but no earthquake

In light of the election results, the new European Parliament will be less in favour of further enlarging the EU, more conservative and 'stingy' in terms of EU budget resources, more conservative on CAP-related issues and possibly more divided over fundamental rights-related issues, argues a June paper from the European Policy Centre (EPC). But the new EU assembly will be more engaged on climate change-related issues and legislation and ever-more focused on foreign and security policy matters," it adds.
EU Priorities 2020 17-06-2009

Barroso on the spot before European Council nomination

"[European Commission President José Manuel] Barroso will have to tread carefully in selecting candidates for a new college," writes Michael Berendt, a former European Commission official and current public affairs advisor, in a June post on Blogactiv.
EU Priorities 2020 03-06-2009

Reflecting on the EU elections in Finland

"The significance of the European elections for domestic politics should not be over-estimated," writes Aaretti Siitonen, a researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, in a May paper.
EU Priorities 2020 26-05-2009

New parliamentary majority required to reject Barroso

The European Parliament needs to produce a majority in 2009 because there are "so many reasons for change," writes Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Party of European Socialists (PES), in a post on Blogactiv.
EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2009

The European Parliament: More powerful than its reputation

"Bringing citizens closer to Europe (and not bringing Europe closer to citizens) is the biggest challenge" of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, argues Nicolaus Heinen of Deutsche Bank Research in an April paper.
Future EU 12-09-2007

Distribution of seats in the European Parliament

In this paper for the Robert Schuman Foundation, Thierry Chopin and Jean-François Jeannet explore the available options for distributing seats in the European Parliament, aiming to determine which best satisfies both democratic and diplomatic issues.
Elections 18-06-2004

Analysis of the EP Elections 2004

This analysis (in French) gives a European-wide interpretation of the results of the 2004 EP elections, assessing the causes for the lower turnout and drawing conclusions for the future.
Elections 16-06-2004

The EP elections: Deepening the democratic deficit

The Honorary President of the EPC, Max Kohnstamm argues that the elections were an example of "the illness which threatens the progress, and if not looked after, the existence of the Union itself."
Elections 16-06-2004

The European Parliament election – a wake-up call?

John Palmer, EPC Director, comments on the low voter turnout and the results of the European Parliament election and examines the political balance of forces within the new Parliament and the wider debate about the proposed Constitutional Treaty.
Security 16-06-2004

The Priorities of the Dutch Presidency

Tom de Bruijn, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU, highlighted Justice and Home Affairs, the Lisbon Agenda, Better Regulation and the further enlargement of the EU as key areas of work under the Dutch Presidency during an EPC Breakfast Policy Briefing.
Security 16-06-2004

Opportunities and Challenges facing Muslim Communities: The European and the North American Experien

This report summarises the discussions held at the EPC on the “Opportunities and Challenges facing Muslim Communities: The European and the North American Experience".
Elections 16-06-2004

Europeans voted, but Europe was missing

The author deals with possible reasons for the low voter turnout in the EP elections and predicts that the election results will lead to an increased politicisation of the debate about the direction of the European integration process. He argues that the formation of real European political parties and the possibility of connecting European politics with clearly identifiable political figures and faces are among the factors that could bring Europeans on board.