European Elections are less than 50 days away. It’s time to bring together our publications on the topic and focus on this unique pan-European ballot.
Who are we electing?
Election procedure: governed by EU & national rules
At EU level, only some general common rules apply to European elections in all Member States, such as proportional representation. Moreover, under EU law, EU citizens are entitled to vote and stand as a candidate in their country of residence or in their country of origin. This is not the case in national parliamentary elections in all Member States: citizens residing abroad may lose their voting rights.
European Parliament proposals to reform the electoral rules included among others a transnational list, where a number of candidates would be elected from a constituency covering the whole territory of the EU Member States. These proposals to establish a uniform electoral procedure for the European elections have turned out to be controversial, due to the diverging electoral traditions in the Member States.
Social media offer new ways to talk politics
Use of social media is growing among voters and politicians. It is just one of many information sources, but special in several ways. In terms of reaching like-minded people in a targeted manner and to disseminate messages without the intermediate role of traditional media, social media tools have inspired new forms of election campaigning. The forthcoming elections will contribute for their part to completing the unclear picture of the significance of social media in informing voters, in stimulating political participation and encouraging citizens to cast their vote.
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For Members of the Parliament, their offices and EP officials we offer e-mail alerts providing in-house analysis and hand-picked external info sources delivered directly to their inbox. [intranet access only]
Furthermore, we have a collection of books focusing on the European Elections and national electoral rules and we hold subscriptions to academic full-text e-journals, such as Electoral Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and Acta Politica – International Journal of Political Science.