The European Parliament launched its information campaign for the May 2014 elections with a promise that "this time, it’s different". EURACTIV asked four of the continent's blue-sky thinkers whether it really is, and whether falling voter turnouts could be reversed if so.
Pirate parties in EU countries are expected to grow, because they address issues of high importance in the modern society that is based on digital information, Christian Engström, Swedish Pirate MEP, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.
Only with the proliferation of trans-European parties can we build the "strong and stable democracy" needed to see the EU achieve its potential as a "world power", Bart Kruitwagen, treasurer of the 'Newropeans' party, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the European elections.
The Euro-critical EU Democrats (EUD) could form a new European Parliament group with anti-Lisbon Treaty platform Libertas after the June elections, EUD President Sören Wibe told EURACTIV in an interview.
Aligning his party's four MEPs to the European Liberals could weaken their ability to "deliver policy at a European level," Brian Crowley, leader in the European Parliament of both the Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) group and the Irish Fianna Fáil delegation, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Parties need to base next year’s June European elections on real pan-European issues, and give each other “a big fight” to re-engage apathetic voters, Italian MEP Monica Frassoni, co-president of the Greens in Parliament told EURACTIV in an interview.