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One of the attempts made by the parliament to engage young voters. Oddly, it doesn’t appear to have been a roaring success. European Parliament

This election was to be different, but once again democracy in Europe is the big loser

“This time it’s different,” promised the European Parliament in an awareness campaign ahead of the May 2014 elections. And, judging by the headlines, it certainly has been different. Many in the media…
Manuel Valls has called on ‘all responsible leaders’ to respond. Parti Socialiste

Europe’s leaders must now strike out at the xenophobes

The message, it seems, is clear. European citizens are at best unimpressed with mainstream politics, at worst outright dismissive of it. The French Front National (FN) and the United Kingdom Independence…
Results in the European Parliament elections so far indicate a slide towards the Eurosceptic and right-wing parties, such as Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party. EPA/Gerry Penny

Far-right rises in European Parliament elections, but is it a ‘Euroquake’?

Some 400 million eligible voters, 751 seats, 28 countries: a portrait of true democracy at work – unless they held an election and nobody came. Average voter turnout in the weekend’s European Parliament…
Always the bridesmaid. Until now? John Stillwell/PA

EU election: is UKIP a political earthquake or just a tremor?

Based on growing polling evidence, it is highly likely that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) will top the national poll in the European elections. Even though historically UKIP has over-performed in European…
New kids on the block: Croatia joined the EU last July. EPA/Patrick Seeger

EU election: regionalism breeds strange alliances in Croatia

Croatia only joined the European Union in July last year, so this week will see Croatians elect MEPs for the second time in just over a year. Whether this could explain the current lack of interest in…
Edgar Savisaar, left: ‘an agent of influence for Russia’. EPA/Valda Kalnina

EU election: dinosaurs and decoy ducks in Estonia

In March, a new government won power in Estonia. The change of government was triggered by the decision of the prime minister, Andrus Ansip of the ruling Reform Party (RE) to step down so that he could…

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