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Elections in the European Union

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The History of European electoral reform and the European Elections Act

Written by Wilhelm Lehmann Next year, the entry into force of the Electoral Act (or Act Concerning the Election of the Representatives of the European Parliament by Direct Universal Suffrage in full), will mark its 40th anniversary. The Act laid the legal foundation for holding the first direct elections to the European Parliament, in June … Continue reading

In focus – European Elections 2014

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? The European Parliament (EP) is the only directly elected EU institution. In May, voters from 28 Member States will elect 751 Members of the European Parliament … Continue reading

Electoral thresholds in European elections. Developments in Germany

The procedure for elections to the European Parliament (EP) features only a limited set of principles common to all Member States (MS). There is no ‘harmonisation’ of electoral thresholds, but MS may establish thresholds of no more than 5%. In November 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution inter alia calling on MS to establish … Continue reading

2014 European elections: national rules

Updated on 10/04/2014 This InfoGraphic looks at the forthcoming European elections, comparing key data for each Member State. The elections to the next European Parliament will be held in all EU Member States between 22 and 25 May 2014. Election day (in some Member States still subject to confirmation) is set by each Member State … Continue reading

The 2014 EP elections: will the “lost” generation find its way to the polls?

The highly negative youth voter turnout in EP elections and the reluctance people aged 18 to 24 have shown in participating in political life and exercising their right to vote is very alarming. The 2009 elections are particularly relevant regarding this constantly decreasing (33% in 2004 and 29% in 2009) youth participation trend. “The time … Continue reading

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