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    The European Parliament elections may be a landmark for Eurosceptics, but the EU’s future direction will be decided elsewhere

The European Parliament elections may be a landmark for Eurosceptics, but the EU’s future direction will be decided elsewhere

The European Parliament elections on 22-25 May are expected to see a large increase in seats for Eurosceptic parties across a number of EU countries. Seamus Nevin writes that while a result of this nature would prompt a wide debate about the quality of EU democracy, the key decisions shaping Europe’s future will nevertheless be made elsewhere. The real […]

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    The debates between candidates for Commission President have a long way to go if they are to generate real engagement with EU citizens

The debates between candidates for Commission President have a long way to go if they are to generate real engagement with EU citizens

One of the key innovations in the 2014 European Parliament election campaign has been the inclusion of televised debates between candidates for the next President of the European Commission. Nick Anstead assesses the debates which have taken place so far. He writes that while televised debates are a good option for improving citizen engagement with the campaign, the discussions […]

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    The rise of Euroscepticism across Europe has masked general apathy about the European elections among voters

The rise of Euroscepticism across Europe has masked general apathy about the European elections among voters

Marine Le Pen’s Front National and Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom have announced that they intend to form a ‘Eurosceptic alliance’ in the European Parliament after the 2014 European elections. Duncan McDonnell writes that while the overall picture in the European elections will see Eurosceptic parties make gains in their overall vote share, they will have a fairly limited […]

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    Pro-EU politicians have so far failed to match the level of vision and imagination shown by Eurosceptics in the EP election campaign

Pro-EU politicians have so far failed to match the level of vision and imagination shown by Eurosceptics in the EP election campaign

The European Parliament elections on 22-25 May are expected to see a significant increase in support for Eurosceptic parties. Inez von Weitershausen writes that while this has been regarded by some commentators as a negative development, pro-EU politicians could also learn from the approach adopted by Eurosceptic leaders such as Nigel Farage. She argues that the one thing Eurosceptic […]

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    Economic factors play an important role in determining political parties’ support for European integration

Economic factors play an important role in determining political parties’ support for European integration

What factors influence whether political parties support European integration? Patricia Esteve-González and Bernd Theilen assess the role that economic factors have played in determining support for the integration process. They note that while the issue has tended to be explained in political terms, with radical parties assumed to be more Eurosceptic than those in the centre of a country’s […]

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    Czech Eurosceptic parties are likely to be pushed to the side-lines by Andrej Babiš’s ANO movement in the upcoming European elections

Czech Eurosceptic parties are likely to be pushed to the side-lines by Andrej Babiš’s ANO movement in the upcoming European elections

The Czech Republic has traditionally been assumed to be more Eurosceptic than other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly during the period in which Václav Klaus was the country’s president. Seán Hanley previews the upcoming European Parliament elections and the potential electoral fortunes of Czech Eurosceptic parties. He writes that while public opinion has hardened toward the EU, […]

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