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EU Elections 2019 02-05-2019

EU country briefing: Czech Republic

The following article is a part of a series of brief country profiles for the EU-28 ahead of the European elections in May. The Czech Republic, shortened to Czechia since 2016, was the second most developed country (after Slovenia) of the eight Central...
EU Elections 2019 24-04-2019

Report: Some countries clearly under-represented in outgoing European Parliament

The think-tank ‘Fondation Robert Schuman’ has published a policy paper, analysing the work of the outgoing European Parliament. One of its findings is that some member states are under-represented in the EP bodies, many of them being the countries with the lowest turnout at the last European elections.
EU Elections 2019 01-03-2019

Le Pen’s Rassemblement National continues to puzzle pollsters

Considered the favourite for the European elections in the autumn polls, the far-right Rassemblement National party of Marine Le Pen is now predicted to finish in second place with 20% of voting intentions, behind Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 23-03-2017

Irish referendum could allow voting abroad, following 23 EU countries

The Irish government outlined details yesterday (22 March) for a referendum that could give citizens abroad the right to vote in presidential elections, and possibly bring Ireland in line with 23 other EU countries.

How to fix our broken democracy

Young people are often described as politically apathetic or lazy, but if the current generation of politicians made more effort to include them in decision-making, they would find that young people really do care, argues Johanna Nyman.
Brexit 07-04-2016

Why the UK Labour Party holds the key to Britain’s EU referendum

If the latest polls are right, Britain looks increasingly likely to vote to leave the EU on 23 June. A number of polls put ‘Leave’ between two and five percentage points ahead of ‘Remain’, writes Adrian Pabst.
EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2015

Crowdsource youth politics to boost voter turnout

Young people are not truly represented in European politics. This is a sign that our democracy is broken, and that we should redouble our efforts to increase participation, argues Allan Päll.
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The initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs to reform the outdated European electoral law is a positive move.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.

EU Social Dialogue ‘mission creep’

Social dialogue is a cornerstone of the European social model and has been enshrined at EU level since the 1980s. It is, by definition, a difficult process, and its workings and structures differ considerably across the continent, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini.
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EU Elections 2014 03-11-2014

Commission presidential race only interested 5% of European electorate

Choosing the future President of the European Commission only motivated 5% of voters in the May 2014 elections. Germany, Luxembourg and Austria were the only countries to show slightly more interest in the presidential race between the two main candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz. EURACTIV.fr reports
European election top candidates like Martin Schulz, hoped putting a face on the election would motivate voters to polls. Germany, 2014 [Travelswiss1/Flickr]

SPD mulls supermarket voting booths to boost election turnout

Fewer and fewer German citizens are going to the polls, a trend officials attribute to the rigid rules in the voting system. The social democrats are now considering more innovative models, including mimicking Sweden's practice of voting "while out shopping". EURACTIV Germany reports.
Jaume Duch, spokesperson to the European Parliament announces the elections turnout on May 25, 2014 [Photo: European Parliament]
EU Elections 2014 07-08-2014

It’s official: Last EU election had lowest-ever turnout

The May 2014 EU election saw the lowest voter turnout on record, according to updated figures discretely released by the European Parliament during the summer holiday period for EU institutions. 
EU Elections 2014 30-05-2014

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.
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EU Elections 2014 26-05-2014

Slightly higher election turnout averted a ‘big disaster’

Against all odds, Europeans have averted yet another decline in voter turnout in the European Parliament elections, which remained stable at 43.1%.
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25-05-2014

43,1% voter turnout in EU elections

European Parliament spokesperson Jaume Duch Guillot announced on Sunday that the overall EU election turnout has been 43,11%. Belgium and Luxembourg had once once again the highest turnout with 90%.

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