European election

Where is the EU headed?
At the end of May 2019 the citizens of the European Union will go to the polls to elect their representatives in the European Parliament. In the face of developments such as Brexit, a continent-wide resurgence of populist movements and new foreign policy challenges the election could be more important for the future of the continent than ever before. How will Europe decide?
Former Italian PM and leader of the right-wing party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi shows his ballot paper before casting his vote at a polling station in Milan on May 26, 2019. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
Former Italian PM and leader of the righ […]

Colourful and controversial figures win EU parliament seats

With an intake that includes youthful idealists, weathered political survivors and former fascists, the European Parliament looks set to play host to a colourful array of lawmakers.
Manfred Weber (R), European People's Party (EPP) candidate and Frans Timmermans, Party of European Socialists (PES) candidate, pose prior to a TV debate at the studios of public broadcaster ZDF in Berlin on May 16, 2019. Photo: John MacDougall / AFP
Manfred Weber (R), European People's Par […]

What is a European party?

European parliamentary groups are not fully-fledged parties, but loose federations of national movements, roughly organised by ideology.
Candidates for the upcoming European Commission president elections pose ahead of the Eurovision presidential debate at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on May 15, 2019. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Candidates for the upcoming European Com […]

How Europe will choose its next generation of leaders

This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs -- it but won't decide the winners.
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