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Between 22 and 25 May 2014 the Europeans will elect members of the European Parliament for the eighth time. This is the first European election since the start of the euro crisis, and anti-European parties are expected to make headway. Will Europeans punish governments for their crisis policies?

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 13. June 2014

Beppe Grillo will do anything for popularity

In an online vote on Thursday the party Movimento 5 Stelle led by Italian comedian Beppe Grillo voted by a large majority in favour of forming a coalition with the right-wing conservative British Ukip party in the European Parliament. Grillo is even prepared to shift to the right for the sake of remaining a disruptive element, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica fears: » more

Contributors - Romania | Friday, 13. June 2014

Yes Romania does have a far-right problem

Unlike in other countries the right-wing populist parties in Romania didn't significantly gain ground in the European elections. But although the country has no far-right-wing parties this doesn't mean that right-wing extremism isn't a problem there, political scientist Victoria Stoica comments in the conservative blog Contributors: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 6. June 2014

European elections: Voters for populists deserve respect

We may poke fun at the Eurosceptic and populist parties that triumphed in the European elections but their voters and concerns should be taken seriously, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita demands: » more

Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | Monday, 2. June 2014

László Bogár on the liberal contamination of Europe

Europe hangs on the leash of a cynical and soulless elite that is committed to destructive liberalism, journalist László Bogár writes in the right-wing conservative daily Magyar Hírlap with an eye to the European elections: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 5. June 2014

European elections: British should remain sceptics in the EU

Even if Britain's opposition to the EU can be annoying, grumblers like Prime Minister David Cameron in fact play a positive role in advancing the common project, the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit writes commenting on the power struggle over the post of European Commission president: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 2. June 2014

European elections: Council must block Juncker

Unlike the European Parliament, the leaders of the EU member states have a democratic mandate and should therefore nominate their own counter candidate to Jean-Claude Juncker in the struggle over the post of EU Commission president, the conservative daily Financial Times argues: » more

Contributors - Romania | Tuesday, 3. June 2014

European elections: Commission in for wrangling over posts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed on Monday that she is not indifferent regarding whether Britain remains in the EU or not. Prior to this she had backed the conservative candidate Jean-Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president. Merkel will have to make some major concessions to the UK to get her way regarding Juncker, who is unpopular with the British, political scientist Valentin Naumescu suspects in the blog portal Contributors: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 2. June 2014

European elections: More legitimacy through mandatory voting

In view of the low voter turnout for the European elections in many countries of the EU, the liberal daily Jutarnji List calls for compulsory voting as already exists in Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg and Cyprus: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 1. June 2014

European elections: Renzi's success a lesson for Hollande

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's social democratic Partito Democratico won a clear victory in the European elections with 41 percent of the vote. This shows that the parties of the centre can be successful even if they introduce major reforms, the liberal daily Financial Times observes: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, 30. May 2014

European elections: Parliament must not destroy balance of power

The European Parliament's demand that the leading candidate of the strongest parliamentary group become the EU Commission president is unjustified, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter writes, as that would endanger the delicate balance of power among the EU institutions: » more

The New York Review of Books - U.S. | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Global perspectives: Weakening Brussels means strengthening Moscow

The Eurosceptical parties that gained much ground in the EU elections are demanding that the nation states be bolstered at the expense of EU institutions. If Europe gives in, Russia will be the one to benefit, historian Timothy Snyder writes in his blog for the semi-monthly magazine New York Review of Books: » more

Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 29. May 2014

European elections: Merkel's primitive power tactics

European election winner Jean-Claude Juncker suffered a setback at the EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday. Several heads of government voiced doubts about settling on the conservative candidate as the new President of the European Commission so quickly. The jostling for posts in Brussels must come to an end, the daily newspaper Kurier demands: » more

Weekendavisen - Denmark | Wednesday, 28. May 2014

Anne Knudsen fears war in Europe

In view of the success of the right-wing populist and Eurosceptic parties in the European elections, editor-in-chief Anne Knudsen sees the threat of war in Europe growing in the long-term in the conservative weekly Weekendavisen: » more

CNN - U.S. | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Global perspectives: Ukip has yet to face the acid test

Right-wing populists and EU critics made considerable gains in the European elections, but that doesn't mean they'll be able to repeat their successes in national elections, columnist Jim Boulden posits on the website of the US broadcaster CNN: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Juncker and Schulz both after presidency

After the European elections the wrangling over the post of Commission president has begun. With the conservative European People's Party behind him, Jean-Claude Juncker has ... » more

Blog Véleményvezér - Hungary | Monday, 26. May 2014

New left elbows out Hungary's Socialists

In the European elections in Hungary the two left-wing parties Együtt-PM and Demokratikus Koalíció followed closely on the heels of the Socialists (MSZP). A profound change is taking place on the left, blogger Véleményvezér writes: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Why the Slovakians didn't vote

The lowest voter turnout for the European elections was registered in Slovakia, where it was just 13 percent even though the Slovakians are considered to be particularly well disposed to the EU. The liberal daily Sme seeks an explanation: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Juncker embodies the ancien régime

Despite the conservatives' victory the election of Jean-Claude Juncker to Commission President would be the wrong response to the election results, historian Timothy Garton Ash comments in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Renzi must unite Europe

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Social Democrats achieved a historic victory in Italy with 40.8 percent of the vote while the populist parties suffered a crushing defeat. Nonetheless Renzi now faces a difficult task, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more

Basler Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

A transnational peasant uprising

The election victory for the Eurosceptics resembles the peasant uprisings in 14th century France, the right-wing conservative daily Basler Zeitung writes, commenting that the protests ... » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Clear visions can stop far right

A revitalised left must put a stop to the rise of the far right in Europe, the liberal daily Jutarnji List writes, and points the way forward: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Shift to the right a threat for Europe's Muslims

The success of the right-wing populists leaves the liberal daily Radikal fearing for the safety of Europe's Muslims: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Schulz should concede defeat

Although the social democrats came second behind the conservative European People's Party in the European elections, their candidate Martin Schulz is claiming the right to the post of EU Commission President. On the evening of the elections he said he was seeking the majority he needs to clinch the post. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse criticises his behaviour: » more

Main focus of Monday, 26. May 2014

European elections: triumph of the Eurosceptics

Despite a loss of votes the conservatives remain the strongest force in the EU Parliament, while right-wing populist and Eurosceptic parties made massive gains. Ukip ... » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Monday, 26. May 2014

Europe trips itself up

The strong showing of the Eurosceptic parties means that in future it will be even harder to reach the consensus so important for the EU, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad comments: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Monday, 26. May 2014

Old rules no longer valid

The results of the European election rock the very foundations of European politics, the chief editor of the left-liberal Huffington Post, Montserrat Domínguez, writes in her blog: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 26. May 2014

Juncker and Schulz preventing a new start

The election outcome means that who becomes Commission President will be a toss-up between the two leading candidates Martin Schulz und Jean-Claude Juncker. The liberal daily Hospodářské noviny isn't keen on either: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 26. May 2014

Governments must respect Parliament's choice

The national governments must respect the European Parliament's decision on who becomes the next Commission President, the daily Tages-Anzeiger demands: » more - Greece | Monday, 26. May 2014

Greeks want different economic policy

The left-wing alliance Syriza has emerged the clear winner of the European elections in Greece with over 26 percent of the vote, although it did less well than it had expected. The governing party Nea Demokratia came in second at 22.8 percent, ahead of the neo-Nazi Chrysi Avgi (nine percent). Voters have sent a clear message to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the web portal writes: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 26. May 2014

Front National virus spreading

The right-wing populist Front National outshone the traditional parties in France, winning almost 25 percent of the vote. For the left-liberal daily Libération, only a dialogue between politicians and citizens can renew people's belief in democracy: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 25. May 2014

Only Brexit can stop Ukip now

The Eurosceptic Ukip party won the European elections in the UK with around 29.5 percent of the vote. Now the other parties will only be able to beat Ukip by adopting its goals, columnist Melanie Phillips fears in the conservative daily The Times: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 26. May 2014

More friction in the new parliament

The strong performance of the anti-European and right-wing populist parties in the European elections also has a positive side, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Main focus of Friday, 23. May 2014

European elections kick off

Voting for the European elections began in the UK and the Netherlands on Thursday. Around 400 million people entitled to vote have until Sunday to ... » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 23. May 2014

Europe divides the Netherlands

Geert Wilders' Eurosceptic and right-wing populist PVV party suffered a surprising loss of votes in the Netherlands on Thursday. After topping the polls on the European elections for months it only secured 12.2 percent of the vote according to exit polls on the first day of the elections. Meanwhile the pro-European and left-liberal D66 took the lead with 15.6 percent. But this isn't the end of the story yet, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant fears: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 23. May 2014

EU still in the throes of democracy crisis

Voting in the Netherlands and the UK on Thursday marked the start of the European elections. In the Netherlands it is already clear that only 38 percent of voters have bothered to turn out so far. In view of the election in Ukraine the likelihood that the turnout will hit a record low is ironic, the left-liberal daily Der Standard comments: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 23. May 2014

Europe's fate depends on nation states

Not the EU institutions, but only the nation states can save Europe, the liberal business paper Jutarnji List points out commenting on the European elections: » more

Le Jeudi - Luxembourg | Thursday, 22. May 2014

Juncker's election campaign won't pay off

The timing of the European elections could not be worse in view of the negative mood among the EU's citizens, the liberal weekly paper Le Jeudi writes, fearing that the efforts of Juncker and Schulz will have been in vain: » more

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Thursday, 22. May 2014

Voting on lucrative jobs

In the European elections all the Latvian voters can really decide with their votes is who gets a lucrative post in Brussels and Strasbourg, because Latvia's eight MEPs won't wield any real influence there, the national conservative daily Neatkarīgā argues: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 22. May 2014

European elections: Like it or not, Merkel's in charge

The opinion research institute Millward Brown has forecast a turnout of just  29 percent in Poland for the European elections, one of the lowest in Europe. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita shows some understanding for this, pointing out that when all is said and done only one person is in charge in Europe: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 21. May 2014

European elections: National parliaments need their powers back

Even though the role of the EU Parliament has been increasingly strengthened in recent years, current surveys point to a further drop in voter turnout in the upcoming European elections. This widespread disinterest proves that the experiment of a pan-European democracy has failed, political scientist Stephen Booth writes on the EUROPP blog of the London School of Economics: » more

NRC next - Netherlands | Wednesday, 21. May 2014

European elections: China forcing Europe to unite

"Less Europe, more Netherlands" - European election campaign slogans like this one used by the right-wing liberal VVD party are a cause of concern for the liberal daily The fact that the Dutch governing party is calling for a return to a strong nation state is sheer madness in view of China's growing influence on the international stage, the paper warns: » more

RTE News - Ireland | Tuesday, 20. May 2014

European elections: Blockade policy would help EU opponents

According to the latest surveys on the European elections, Eurosceptic parties may make major advances in several countries and secure additional seats in the European Parliament. But if the major parliamentary groups form an alliance to curb the influence of the populists, this strategy could backfire, columnist Tom Connelly warns on the blog of the Irish state broadcaster RTE: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Monday, 19. May 2014

European elections: Van Rompuy fuels Euroscepticism

In a televised interview EU Commission President Herman Van Rompuy fuelled doubts that the next President of the European Commission will be chosen by the European Parliament. A dangerous stance, the liberal daily De Standaard warns: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 19. May 2014

European elections: A lack of pan-European parties

Almost 40 parties are running in the European elections in the Czech Republic, all of which are vying with each other to assure voters that they will represent national interests in Strasbourg. But that's the wrong approach entirely, the business paper Hospodářské noviny contends: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Wednesday, 14. May 2014

For Wolfgang Böhm the EU election is about economic policy

The importance of the European elections cannot be stressed enough because they will decide Europe's future economic policy, writes Wolfgang Böhm, head of the Europe desk at the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: » more

Hotnews - Romania | Tuesday, 13. May 2014

European elections: Politicians not afraid of election boycotts

The Romanian Roșia Montană protest movement, which mobilised thousands of people against a gold mining project last year, is calling for a boycott of the European elections in protest against what it sees as the country's inept political class. News portal Hotnews doesn't believe boycotts are an effective instrument: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 12. May 2014

European elections: No one talking about foreign policy

The subject of foreign policy is absent from the campaign for the European elections, the liberal daily La Stampa complains: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Friday, 9. May 2014

European elections: Eurosceptics have achieved their goal

The campaign for the European elections begins today, Friday, in Spain. Regardless how many votes the Eurosceptic parties win, they have already achieved their main goal, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya complains: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 9. May 2014

European elections: Wilders abandons all scruples

Jewish organisations in the Netherlands have harshly condemned Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), for joining forces with other right-wing populist parties in a European election alliance. He has thus broken the Dutch taboo against pursuing anti-Semitic policies, the organisations claim. The left-liberal daily De Volkskrant also sees an opportunistic reorientation: » more

Weltwoche - Switzerland | Thursday, 8. May 2014

European elections: Major Parties hoodwinking citizens

Ahead of the European elections the parties claim the right to have their respective leading candidate appointed as European Commission President in the event that their political group becomes the largest in the European Parliament. But the Commission President is still chosen by the leaders of the national governments, the conservative magazine Die Weltwoche points out: » more - Spain | Monday, 5. May 2014

European elections: a counterweight to Merkel in sight

It looks very much like for the first time the leading candidate of the strongest party in the European Parliament will become the new president of the European Commission. In his blog with the left-leaning online paper, Ignacio Escolar has high expectations of the president as a counterweight to the powerful heads of government: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 7. May 2014

European elections: Renzi a catalyst for Europe's left

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and opposition leader Beppe Grillo have exchanged some sharp words in the campaign for the European elections. Renzi's talent as a communicator can give new force to the left in Europe but it also harbours risks, the liberal daily Le Temps comments: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Tuesday, 6. May 2014

Ukraine crisis must unite Europe's voters

The fact that Ukraine's presidential elections and the EU elections are both scheduled for May 25 has almost symbolic dimensions given that the crisis in Ukraine highlights what the elections to the European Parliament are really about, the liberal-conservative daily Berlingske observes: » more

Libération - France | Sunday, 4. May 2014

European elections: Politicians must keep the dream of Europe alive

The left-liberal daily Libération has carried out a survey on the French people's attitude to Europe. The poll shows that a majority of French want their country to stay in the EU, but feel the Union should put more emphasis on social welfare. The paper sees this as a signal to politicians: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 30. April 2014

European elections: No real leading candidates

Four of the leading five candidates in the European elections went head to head for the first time in a TV debate that was broadcast live on Monday evening in several countries. It's a pity that their role still isn't clear, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore notes: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Monday, 28. April 2014

European elections: EU critics lead back to Middle Ages

The right-wing populist Ukip could well become the strongest British party in the European Parliament. To slow the rise of anti-European parties, the liberal daily Le Quotidien harks back to the beginnings of the EU: » more

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Monday, 28. April 2014

European elections: Tirades won't stop Ukip

According to a poll put out on Sunday the Eurosceptic Ukip party is now the most popular in Britain, at 31 percent. In response, Health Minister Jeremy Hunt called the views of Ukip's candidates "disgusting" and "un-British". But that won't slow the party down, the conservative paper The Daily Mail contends: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 28. April 2014

European elections: Don't trouble Spaniards with domestic affairs

Only if the campaign for the European elections actually deals with European topics will the Spaniards have a chance to have some say on the future of the EU, political analyst José Ignacio Torreblanca argues in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Standart - Bulgaria | Friday, 25. April 2014

European election: Dirty EU election campaign in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian campaign for the European elections officially begins on Friday. In the coming weeks the focus won't be on either Europe or the real problems of the people in Bulgaria, the daily Standart concludes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Accusing Ukip of racism is counterproductive

EU election posters for the anti-European Ukip party claim that 26 million unemployed Europeans want nothing more than to steal jobs from the British. Media and political opponents have called the campaign racist. But that only helps Ukip, because most British people believe what the party is saying, political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin argue in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Adevârul - Romania | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

European elections: EU should invest rather than budget

The European elections in May will also determine what economic policy the EU pursues in the next five years, political analyst Marian Dumitrache writes in the blog of the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul, commenting that the EU can no longer afford its current drastic austerity course: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Tuesday, 22. April 2014

European elections: German dominance fanning anti-EU sentiment

The upcoming European elections could be the last ones in which the British participate, political analyst Vittorio E. Parsi warns in the Catholic daily Avvenire, blaming the unequal distribution of power among the EU member states for this: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 7. April 2014

European elections: Portugal's government in a generous mood

A few weeks before it is due to exit the European bailout programme, Portugal is discussing increasing the monthly minimum wage, which has been at 485 euros for years now. It's no coincidence that this is happening shortly before the European elections, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

Cyprus Mail - Cyprus | Sunday, 6. April 2014

European elections: The EU needs to get serious

In view of the upcoming European elections and the tensions with Russia the time has come for Europeans to adopt a more mature and serious attitude, journalist Timothy Spyrou writes in the liberal newspaper the Cyprus Mail: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 2. April 2014

Lega Nord exploiting anti-euro mood

Italy's right-wing populist Lega Nord party has redesigned its logo in anticipation of the European elections. The term "Padania", which describes the Po Valley, has been replaced with the slogan "No Euro". The party is jumping on the anti-Europe train in a bid to avert its impending demise, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera concludes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, 11. March 2014

European elections: winner must become Commission president

Since last Friday we know the names of the candidates of the three major European Parliament parties for the top post in the European elections. The winner of the election should automatically become President of the European Commission, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad argues: » more

Main focus of Monday, 10. March 2014

European elections: Juncker leads the EPP

The conservative European People's Party has chosen Jean-Claude Juncker as its top candidate for the European elections at the end of May. The former prime ... » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 9. March 2014

No reconciliation with electorate

Europe's voters are disappointed with Europe and not ready for a campaign between Europe's leading candidates, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 10. March 2014

Only boring candidates

The selection of Jean-Claude Juncker as the top candidate of the European conservatives is a step backwards, columnist Sheila Sitalsing complains in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 10. March 2014

Croats don't give a hoot

How the seats are distributed in the European Parliament is a matter of complete indifference to the Croats, the liberal daily Jutarnji List observes with an eye to the European election in May, saying that the real issue is the power struggle between the two major parties at the national level: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Friday, 7. March 2014

Juncker has his work cut out for him

Although Jean-Claude Juncker is the top candidate of the EPP, it's by no means clear that he will become the head the EU Commission, the left-liberal daily Le Quotidien prophesies: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 6. March 2014

European elections: Italy's left wastes new opportunity

The Italian electoral list "The Other Europe with Tsipras" announced the names of its candidates for the European elections on Wednesday. The list was put together after six intellectuals called on Italy's left-wing parties to fight together for a new Europe. Since only one of the original initiators is among the candidates, the initiative doesn't seem to have gone much further than good intentions, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera observes with dismay: » more

Libération - France | Tuesday, 4. March 2014

Juncker would be a disaster for EU democracy

The conservative European People's Party will nominate its top candidate for the European elections on Friday, who could also become EU Commission President should the party emerge victorious. But the favourite for the position, Luxembourg's former prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker, has his eyes on a different post altogether, Jean Quatremer writes in his blog for the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 3. March 2014

Europe's left missed chance to use the crisis

With an eye to the upcoming European elections the left-liberal daily Delo writes that parties on the left have missed their chance to reach voters: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 27. February 2014

For Ulrich Beck the time for Europe to decide has come

German Sociologist Ulrich Beck appeals in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica to the citizens of the EU to help create a different Europe with their votes in the upcoming European elections: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 27. February 2014

European elections: MEPs not Mickey Mouse figures

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court on Wednesday overturned the three-percent barring clause for the European elections which applies in the country. In doing so it has dangerously underestimated the importance of the European Parliament, the liberal conservative daily Die Presse contends: » more

Avgi - Greece | Tuesday, 18. February 2014

European elections: a referendum on austerity

The current bailout programme for Greece expires in June. However the euro countries want to postpone the discussion on further financial assistance until after the European elections in May, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem announced after a meeting of Europe's finance ministers on Monday. Voters must use the European elections to voice their disapproval of austerity, the left-leaning daily Avgi writes: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 17. February 2014

Hollande must position himself on euro debate

The French newspaper Le Monde published a "manifesto for a political union of the euro" on Sunday. The authors, a group of economists, journalists and political scientists, want to encourage a debate on the future of Europe. France's government should be quick to take up the challenge, the left-liberal daily Libération urges: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Sunday, 16. February 2014

MEPs too late with criticism of troika

A report by the Socialist MEP Alejandro Cercas decries the negative impact of the troika's activities. The report, which was approved by the Parliament on Thursday, also gives voice to the EU citizens' discontent. For the liberal daily To Ethnos the European Parliament's criticism comes far too late: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 17. February 2014

EU must help with reforms

The change at the helm of Italy's government is the next challenge for the EU, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung observes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 4. February 2014

EU elections need new faces

The European People's Party (EPP) is considering sending the former prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, into the race for the European elections. The social democrats and the liberals are also committing the mistake of having long-serving EU politicians as their leading candidates, the conservative daily Financial Times comments: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Sunday, 12. January 2014

Gian Enrico Rusconi on the exaggerated fears of Eurosceptics

The European elections in May are increasingly being depicted as a battle between Eurosceptics and pro-Europeans, political analyst Gian Enrico Rusconi fears in the liberal daily La Stampa, attributing this trend to Germany's opposition to a reform of the monetary union: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, 8. January 2014

Wilders can dominate European elections

In its current cover story, the British business magazine The Economist compares Europe's right-wing populist parties, including Dutch politician Geert Wilders' PVV, with the US Tea Party. A lame comparison, columnist Rene Moerland writes in the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more

Sega - Bulgaria | Thursday, 2. January 2014

EU buttering up Bulgaria and Romania

The European Commission's new progress reports for Bulgaria and Romania are to be published this January. With the European elections scheduled for May, the reports will no doubt be considerably milder than the two countries deserve, the daily newspaper Sega predicts: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 18. December 2013

Lithuania's leadership aiming for Brussels

Lithuania's ruling parties recently published their preliminary lists of candidates for the European elections next May. Many of the candidates already hold government posts in Vilnius. Apparently the country's political leadership would like to move to Strasbourg and Brussels, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas comments ironically: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 9. December 2013

Elections turn Europeans against Europeans

The British government wants to continue restricting the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania, which is supposed to apply as of January 1, 2014. With such steps Europe is shooting itself in the foot, the left-liberal daily El País comments: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 3. December 2013

EU populists could taint mainstream parties

Populist and Eurosceptic parties are set to win additional seats in the European elections in May 2014, according to recent polls. But the acid test will be whether the mainstream parties change their policies as a result, EU experts Yves Bertoncini and Valentin Kreilinger write on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Sunday, 1. December 2013

Marc Lazar on the conservatives' loss of identity

The division of the conservative party in Italy is symptomatic of an identity crisis that reaches beyond the country's borders, political analyst Marc Lazar writes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Tuesday, 19. November 2013

European elections more important than ever

The European parliamentary elections scheduled for next May have generated little interest so far in Sweden. The country's inhabitants are far more focussed on the outcome of the Swedish parliamentary elections slated for September 2014. Yet taking an interest in Europe is essential nowadays, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten contends: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Sunday, 17. November 2013

Cash injection for Ukip weakens Eurosceptics

The British businessman and EU sceptic Paul Sykes announced on the weekend that he would provide massive financial support to the right-wing populist Ukip party to ensure that it triumphs in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. But the move could do more harm than good to British Eurosceptics, the conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph writes: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 14. November 2013

The fight for Europe has begun

Marine Le Pen's much publicised visit to The Hague has kicked off the campaign for the European Parliament elections, comments the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Joop - Netherlands | Monday, 11. November 2013

Don't give anti-EU parties any leeway

The leader of the Front National in France, Marine Le Pen, and the Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders are to hold a joint press conference on Tuesday at which they will explain their plans for the 2014 European elections. The anti-Europeans are joining forces, EU correspondent Paul Sneijder warns on the online platform » more

Voxpublica - Romania | Wednesday, 6. November 2013

European vote can rekindle Romanian protests

The protest movement that mobilised tens of thousands of Romanians against the gold mining project in Roşia Montană lost momentum after the provisional stop to the project. But the European elections in 2014 provide a good opportunity for the colourful movement to regroup politically, the blog Voxpublica explains: » more

La Croix - France | Monday, 4. November 2013

Centrist alliance improves political climate

The two French centrist parties UDI and MoDem will forge an alliance today, Tuesday. Among other things they want to campaign jointly for the local and European elections in 2014. The Catholic daily La Croix hopes this new coalition of the centrist parties will improve the political culture in the country: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 23. October 2013

French UMP drifts to the far right

Immediately after the debate over the deportation of secondary school student Leonarda, the president of the conservative UMP, Jean-François Copé, announced on Tuesday that his party would work out a proposal to reform the French immigration laws so that children born in France to immigrant parents without residence permits no longer automatically receive French citizenship. The left-liberal daily Libération is shocked: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 21. October 2013

Juncker must run for Europe

Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker's Christian Social People's Party (CSV) suffered losses in the parliamentary election on Sunday but remains the strongest party in Luxembourg's parliament. Juncker would also be the best candidate for the Conservatives in the European elections 2014, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes enthusiastically: » more

Le Monde - France | Thursday, 17. October 2013

The EU has too little power

Right-wing populists and opponents of the euro look set to have a strong showing in the European elections in May 2014, according to opinion polls. Europe is unpopular and not very successful because the nation states retain too much decision-making power, the left-liberal daily Le Monde comments: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 15. October 2013

Nationalism won't solve Europe's problems

Marine Le Pen, president of the French Front National, and the Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders plan to meet in The Hague in November to discuss cooperation in the 2014 European elections. The conservative daily The Times warns of an unholy alliance: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Tuesday, 15. October 2013

Adroit right-wing populists exploit euro crisis

The right-wing populists in Europe have renewed themselves and are successfully exploiting the euro crisis for their own ends, the liberal daily Tagesspiegel concludes: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Saturday, 12. October 2013

Frustration rife ahead of European elections

A new European Parliament will be elected in May 2014. In view of the crisis the election will be the most important of its kind in recent decades, the left-liberal daily Delo asserts: » more

Le Point - France | Friday, 11. October 2013

Only growth can stop the Front National

The Front National could become the strongest force in France in the 2014 European elections, current polls in the country show. The candidate of the far-right party received 46 percent of the vote in a local by-election in Southern France on Sunday. Strategies to curb the party's growth have failed, the liberal-conservative weekly Le Point regrets: » more

Adevârul - Romania | Tuesday, 24. September 2013

Europe's Social Democrats pessimistic

The outcome of the last major national elections ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2014 doesn't bode well for social democracy in Europe, notes journalist Ovidiu Nahoi on the blog portal Adevărul: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 16. April 2013

Croats don't care about European elections

The citizens of Croatia, which joins the EU on July 1, elected their members of the European Parliament for the first time on Sunday. According to the left-liberal daily Delo, the low voter turnout of just 20.8 percent is proof that the politicians have failed to bring the Croatians closer to Europe: » more

Ouest France - France | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Action on integration, not just words

Hollande's clear commitment to Europe is important but won't be enough, the regional paper Ouest France comments: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 14. January 2013

Cameron evokes prospect of EU exit

According to the media British Prime Minister David Cameron will give his long awaited keynote speech on Europe on January 22 and perhaps propose a referendum on transferring powers back from Brussels. Domestic policy strategies may bring about the UK's exit from the EU, the left-liberal daily Der Standard fears: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 10. November 2011

Europe unstable without 5-percent hurdle

The five-percent hurdle valid in Germany for European elections is unconstitutional and puts small parties at a disadvantage, according to a judgement delivered on Wednesday by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court. The ruling fits in well with today's debates on democracy but will not exactly make the European Parliament more effective, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 18. May 2011

Young Poles vote after all

Around 90 percent of all Poles under 31 have voted at least once in the last three years in local, national or European elections, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita is happy with the trend: » more


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