European Elections


The European election campaign, in words and hashtags

Thursday 23 May 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

Calls to vote, announcements for debates and rallies, but also references to the key issues: here’s a look at what, and how, outgoing MEPs tweeted in the runup to the European elections.


What’s going on with abstention in Europe?

Thursday 16 May 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Jacopo Ottaviani
| Internazionale
OBC Transeuropa

In the 2014 European elections, only 42.5 percent of people eligible to vote participated. From the economy to migration, by way of defence and climate change, European questions are now central to the public debate. While this might lead to some first steps towards changing the trend, it probably won’t be enough to entice a majority of European citizens to go to the ballot box.


Romanian and Bulgarian MEPs among the most influential

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

MEPs representing Romania and Bulgaria have much more clout than those representing many other countries, including Italy and France. This is demonstrated by an indicator developed by VoteWatch Europe. 


The murky perks of an MEP

Thursday 02 May 2019 | Nikolaj Nielsen
| EUobserver

MEPs' receive a gross salary of €8,757.70 per month, plus others reimbursements. But related perks are not transparent, as they don't have to show the receipts for their expenses. 


A year of changing of the guards in the EU

Thursday 02 May 2019 | Lisbeth Kirk
| EUobserver

The forthcoming European elections will set off a chain of events that in a few months could deeply change the European union's political landscape.


Institutions: Heads of state still setting the agenda

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | Yann Mens
| Alternatives Economiques

The Spitzenkandidat system has been criticised by a number of heads of state. Will it be applied this year? 


Europe and the anti-establishment parties

Friday 26 April 2019 | Marcel Pauly
| Spiegel Online

In the run-up to the European elections, populists are gaining ground in many countries. But their slogans are not winning through everywhere. Where are they successful, and what makes them dangerous?


Sovereignists: much ado about nothing?

Monday 15 April 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

Immigration doesn’t appear to be the only worry of Europeans, also economic fears are widespread. And analyses suggest that the success of the new populist group is far from certain.


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Leftists, eurosceptics, and christian democrats are losing support in Europe

Wednesday 13 March 2019 | Newsworthy

Polls from across the European Union show declining support for the parties belonging to GUE/NGL, EFDD, and EPP groups in the European Parliament in the past two months.


Social democrats are gaining some support in Hungary

Wednesday 06 March 2019 | Newsworthy

In Hungary social democrats are up by 0.6 points, in keeping with a slight rise of parties belonging to S&D across Europe.