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    European Parliament elections: a final look at the national campaigns

European Parliament elections: a final look at the national campaigns

European Parliament elections are being held on 22-25 May, with voting already under way in some countries across Europe. To mark the start of the election, Stuart Brown takes a look at the national campaigns, national polling, and the key domestic issues which are at stake in each of the 28 EU states.

While several predictions have been made as […]

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    The Swedish European elections will be held in the shadow of September’s national election, but European issues will play a key role

The Swedish European elections will be held in the shadow of September’s national election, but European issues will play a key role

Sweden will not only hold European elections in May, but will also hold national, regional and municipal elections in September. Linda Berg and Jonathan Polk write on the effect this ‘super-election’ year will have on the vote for the European Parliament. They note that while the two largest parties, the Social Democrats and Moderates, will likely have one eye […]

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    Fidesz have won a clear victory in Hungary’s elections, but their supermajority hangs in the balance

Fidesz have won a clear victory in Hungary’s elections, but their supermajority hangs in the balance

Hungary held parliamentary elections on Sunday. As Erin Marie Saltman writes, Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party came out comfortably ahead in the vote and will maintain its majority in the next parliament. However with the votes still being counted, there is still some doubt over whether Fidesz will have the ‘supermajority’ required to alter the country’s constitution. Regardless of […]

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    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė will face a harder fight in this year’s presidential election than she did in 2009

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė will face a harder fight in this year’s presidential election than she did in 2009

Lithuania is due to hold presidential elections, with the first round of voting scheduled for 11 May. Ingrida Unikaitė-Jakuntavičienė writes that while the incumbent president Dalia Grybauskaitė won the 2009 elections comfortably, she is unlikely to emerge with an absolute majority in the first round of voting in 2014. Despite having a healthy lead in the polls, she is […]

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    The Irish European Parliament elections will be fought on the basis of personalities rather than parties

The Irish European Parliament elections will be fought on the basis of personalities rather than parties

Unlike most EU states, Ireland uses a Single Transferable Vote system for its European Parliament elections. As Rory Costello writes, the nature of the electoral system ensures that campaigns tend to be dominated by individual candidates, rather than parties, with research suggesting only 35 per cent of Irish voters base their decision on a candidate’s party. As a result, […]

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    The new electoral law approved by Italy’s Chamber of Deputies is an improvement on its predecessor, but it still has crucial deficiencies

The new electoral law approved by Italy’s Chamber of Deputies is an improvement on its predecessor, but it still has crucial deficiencies

Following a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Italy that the country’s much criticised electoral law was ‘unconstitutional’, Italian political parties are now in the process of agreeing a new law to cover Italian elections. The latest proposal was passed in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies on 12 March and will now pass to the Senate. Matteo Garavoglia outlines the […]

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