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    Eurosceptic parties will have success in the 2014 European elections, but their impact in the European Parliament will be limited

Eurosceptic parties will have success in the 2014 European elections, but their impact in the European Parliament will be limited

One of the key issues in relation to the 2014 European Parliament elections is the potential for an unprecedented number of Eurosceptic and populist parties to secure seats. Simon Usherwood writes that while Eurosceptic parties such as UKIP in the UK, the Front National in France, and the PVV in the Netherlands may come out on top of their […]

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Strengthening the role of national parliaments in EU decision-making is not the way to improve the EU’s legitimacy

Turnout at European Parliament elections has fallen significantly since the first elections in 1979. This has led some politicians and commentators to suggest that integrating national parliaments into the EU’s legislative process may be a more effective method for improving the EU’s legitimacy. Jon Worth argues that the logic underpinning such arguments is undermined by the fact that national elections […]

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    European Parliament elections are no longer second-order national contests – they are essential for determining the future direction of the EU

European Parliament elections are no longer second-order national contests – they are essential for determining the future direction of the EU

European Parliament elections are often assumed to be ‘second-order national elections’ rather than genuinely European elections. As Ingeborg Tömmel writes, the President of the European Commission has a key role to play, along with the Parliament, in shaping European integration. She argues that with the election of the next Commission President depending on the outcome of the European elections in […]

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    The 2014 European Parliament elections will see populist parties make gains, but they will remain a battle for control between mainstream parties

The 2014 European Parliament elections will see populist parties make gains, but they will remain a battle for control between mainstream parties

European Parliament elections are due to take place in May 2014. Yves Bertoncini and Valentin Kreilinger write that while populist parties are likely to increase their numbers in the parliament, the major centre-left and centre-right parties will once again come out ahead, with a number of possible coalitions emerging from what is currently an open field. They argue that the […]

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Five minutes with Mats Persson: “National parliaments are the solution to the EU’s democratic deficit”

European Parliament elections are due to be held in May 2014. Ahead of the elections, EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown spoke to Mats Persson, the Director of Open Europe, about his views on the European Parliament, the role of national parliaments in the integration process, and whether the efforts to reform the European Union advocated by British Prime Minister David […]

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    The balance of power in the current European Parliament is crucial for understanding the issues at stake in the 2014 European elections

The balance of power in the current European Parliament is crucial for understanding the issues at stake in the 2014 European elections

The next European Parliament elections are due to be held in May 2014. Ahead of the elections, Doru Frantescu assesses the voting trends and balance of power in the current parliament. He notes that although the European People’s Party currently has the largest share of seats, there is a difference between the nominal power of parliamentary groups and their actual […]

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