- French far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen wins against Emmanuel Macron by slight margin, turnout up on 2014 - Socialists seen leading EU vote in Spain - poll - EU vote turnout estimate at around 50% - Hungary's Fidesz, PM Viktor Orban seen winning 56% of votes, eyes anti-immigration shift - Germany's CDU/CSU wins 28% of votes, Greens 2nd, surge to German Greens - Greek opposition leads in EU vote - exit poll - Austrian EU vote helps Chancellor Kurz in fight to keep job - Ireland's Greens eye return to government - Belgian far right shows strong early gains - Pro-EU Dutch parties see surprise gains - Italy's far-right, anti-immigration League of Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini could end up with biggest single party. … [Read more...] about Centrists lose ground in EU elections
Four days before Europe's 400 million potential voters are called to the polls, EU leaders hope to reverse the usual low turnout to avoid opening the door to eurosceptic forces. The European Parliament, that will be elected in votes across 28 nations between Thursday and Sunday, has never been more important in framing the continent's laws. But each such continent-wide vote since the first one in 1979 has seen a lower turnout than the last, and much of the energy in this year's race has come from populists opposed to deeper integration. No big personalities have emerged among the supposed candidates to lead the European Commission, the top job in Brussels and one that may end up being assigned by Europe's national leaders. - Protest vote - Political scientists say the European parliamentary election amounts to 28 parallel national votes, often marked by low turnouts and a strong tendency towards protest voting. This will be the case in Britain, which kicks off the cycle of voting on … [Read more...] about EU fears voter apathy despite populist surge
Torun and Sierpc, Poland - Poland managed to dodge the economic crisis that ravaged EU countries a decade ago and instead became one of the world's fastest-growing economies. A growing urban elite is typically liberal and pro-European. The ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) relies on the support of the traditionally conservative rural areas. Its leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski - who holds no formal position in government but is Poland's most influential political figure, has often railed against the Brussels establishment and has been at loggerheads with the EU over issues such as migration and the rule of law. The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland in April, accusing the country of undermining judicial independence. The European Parliament elections on May 23-26 will see PiS face off an alliance of centrist, liberal parties, the European Coalition - including the former ruling party, Civic Platform. The pro-European coalition lags just two points behind … [Read more...] about Before European elections, what do Poles think of the EU?
Gibraltar’s political parties have all called on the electorate to participate in the forthcoming European parliamentary elections set to take place next week, highlighting the importance of the vote against the backdrop of Brexit. Whilst the Gibraltar Government has not advised Gibraltarian voters to back a specific party, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said that as these elections are taking place against the context of the potential departure of the UK and Gibraltar from the EU, it is “all the more important that people should go to the polling stations to cast their vote”. Dr Garcia also underlined the fact that Gibraltar had to fight for the right to vote in EU elections. “It will be recalled that Gibraltar was originally excluded from the franchise for European elections,” he said. “This was only extended to us after a lengthy political and legal battle which saw the United Kingdom being taken to the European Court of Human Rights in … [Read more...] about Gibraltar urged to vote in EU election
Ljubljana, 15 May - If they want EU institutions to deliver more, voters must first go to the polls to let them know they should close ranks, Delo says on Wednesday, commenting on the EU election campaign and the low turnout in Slovenia. It notes the most difficult problems could only be solved with joint efforts in a united EU. The rest of this news item is available to subscribers.Buy the news item. Price: 2 tokens; on account: 0 tokens. … [Read more...] about Delo makes a case for united Europe, going to polls