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European elections 2014

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European elections: Past and Future

Written by Richard Freedman, In the opening remarks of the roundtable discussion on the European elections: past and future, held in the Brussels Library Reading Room, Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness touched on the fact that citizens wanted a better definition of what was meant by ‘more Europe’. In fact, often what was … Continue reading

A year of change: the European Parliament in 2014

Written by Nicole Zandi Our role in the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) is to support parliamentary debate through ensuring Members are well-informed, in particular through our online and printed products. This year’s European election, and start of the eighth parliamentary term, has put us to the test. To mark the occasion the EPRS team … Continue reading

2014: a great year in European politics? A great year on the EPRS Think Tank Blog

Written by Clare Ferguson 2014 was an interesting year for us at the EPRS. Debate on all things European broke out all over, with the European elections in May, a new European Commission, and increasingly vocal arguments for and against integration, independence, immigration and invigoration of the EU economy. Not surprisingly then, our top posts … Continue reading

What an extraordinary year for the EU: EPRS-EUI conference on 2014

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski The European Union has undergone major changes in 2014, which bodes well for its ability to regain citizens’ trust and put behind the economic crisis. The EU’s institution have grown stronger, but they need to play their cards well to stem the tide of radical euro-scepticism,  academics and politicians told a … Continue reading

In Focus: EU institutions

Written by Nicole Zandi Since the European Parliament elections in May and the new Commission taking office in November; an atmosphere of change in the EU institutions has highlighted 2014 as an important year. So far we have seen widespread aspirations to create a more balanced, fairer and transparent EU, which is perhaps a good … Continue reading

EP-EUI conference to examine importance of 2014 for the EU

Written by Marcin Cesluk-Grajewski 2014 is certain to feature prominently in the history of European Union institutions. For the first time, EU citizens could influence who became president of the European Commission by voting in the European elections for a candidate from a particular political group. Will this become a precedent? Will it move the EU … Continue reading

Size of Political Groups in the EP (2014-2019)

Our table shows the number of MEPs in each group, broken down by Member State, as well as the non-attached (NI) Members not in any group. Continue reading

Topics and links − May 2014

Update: This post is available in most EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. What’s coming next after the European elections? What is Parliament’s position on the developments in Ukraine? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics … Continue reading

Elections Week

It comes as no surprise that this week our blog will focus on the European elections. However, to take a slightly different angle on this hot topic, the EPRS Historical Archives have prepared a number of posts based on the elections of the past. The elections next week will be only the 8th since the … Continue reading

Voting makes a difference – but for whom to vote?

Who will best represent my views in the new European Parliament, elected in a couple of weeks? Voting advice applications (VAA) are tools designed to help make that decision. They present a tailor-made proposal of political parties and/or candidates that would best match the voters’ preferences. They are fun to use, and getting more and … Continue reading

#EYE2014 meets Europe Day: From young voters to young workers

Europe Day is coming up and so is the European Youth Event 2014. From 9 to 11 May, thousands of young Europeans will get together in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to speak to European decision-makers about issues that impact their daily lives. With more than 58 posts on “youth” on this blog (and 19 … Continue reading

EP elections 2014: voting rights when living abroad

With the European elections just around the corner, citizens continue to turn to the EP with many different requests. Many are also concerned about their voting rights when living abroad and certain express their discontent at the complexity of different national voting regulations The European Parliament launched the “Elections 2014” website providing summarized information on … Continue reading

Topics and links – April 2014

Update: This post is available in all official EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. How can I vote in the upcoming European elections? What can the European Parliament do about the current summer-time arrangement? How does the Parliament protect animal welfare? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can … Continue reading

The European Parliament 2009-14 : Five years’ work in figures

This “At a glance” infographic aims to give a succinct picture of some of the activities undertaken by the European Parliament over the most recent term, from July 2009 to date. The Parliament adopts its positions by voting in plenary session on legislative and budgetary texts, as well as on owninitiative reports and other resolutions. EP committees … 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

Topics and links − March 2014

How did the European Parliament react to the Russian invasion of Crimea? How can I vote in the upcoming European elections, even if I live abroad? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics are based on questions and comments from citizens … Continue reading

Social media in election campaigning

Low engagement of citizens in politics and ever declining voter turnout are taken as evidence of a democratic deficit in the European Union. By providing a new form of communication among politicians and citizens, social media may provide a way of increasing citizen involvement in political life, especially during election campaigns. Social media allow political actors, particularly smaller … Continue reading

European electoral reform – no change to the status quo

This EPRS Keysource has been created in June 2011 and last updated in March 2014 The Treaty on European Union contains a mandate for the European Parliament to put forward a proposal for a uniform procedure for European elections or an electoral procedure in accordance with principles common to all Member States. Parliament has continuously … Continue reading

Turnout in European elections

The turnout at European Parliament elections is often the subject of debate. Whilst turnout has declined in successive European elections since the first in 1979 to the most recent in 2004, the charts in this briefing put that into the context of the parallel declines in turnout in national parliamentary elections in EU Member States … Continue reading

Topics of interest – January 2014

How does the European Parliament react to the political crisis in Ukraine? Will the Parliament defend our values in the free trade agreement with the US? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics of interest are based on questions and comments from … Continue reading

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