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  • European Parliament elections are usually labeled “second-order elections.” Low voter turnout, which has been falling steadily since the first election in 1979, seems to indicate that Europeans do not attach enough importance to them. Three months before this year’s election, only 33% of European citizens knew that it would be held in May, and only 5% knew the exact dates. A month ago, just 26% of Germans were familiar with their countryman Manfred Weber – the European People’s Party’s candidate for the European Commission presidency.

    The Europe of Tomorrow

    It is still essential to stress the EU’s role as a guarantor of peace and prosperity following World War II. But today’s EU must foster additional sources of legitimacy if it is to appeal to today’s post-postwar generation

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  • Efforts to resist the populists have been underwhelming and sometimes misguided. Some, such as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, have made the mistake of mimicking their message and approach. Others, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, have peddled largely hollow visions of hope, with mixed results. Then there were the poorly conceived efforts to connect the EU to the people, exemplified by the series of chaotic televised debates that have marked this year’s campaign for the European Commission presidency.

    The EU’s Four Challenges

    Whatever the next European Parliament’s composition, the imperative will be the same: EU institutions must trade ambition for humility, focusing their attention not on their own power or status, but rather on upgrading and fortifying the project for which they claim to stand

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  • Climate change is hugely important. But there is something just as urgent that leaders across Europe need to talk about. This is the necessity to think and act strategically if Europeans are to defend their political, economic, and trade interests. This means taking an unjaundiced look at the condition of the transatlantic relationship, the role of China, and the persistent menacing interference of Russia in the EU.

    Europeans Go to the Polls

    The new members of the European Parliament and leaders of the EU’s institutions need to think strategically if the continent is to defend its political, economic, and security interests

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  • Around 500 film directors, makers and stars signed a “European Manifesto” at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday. The text signed by, among others, Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, German director Wim Wenders, and UK actor Ralph Fiennes, calls on Europeans to stand up for a “free and democratic Europe, a Europe of freedom of thought and expression” by voting in European Elections 23-26 May.

    EP Elections 2019: Daily brief May 22

    Α daily newsfeed on country-specific electoral facts, events and debates in all member states

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  • The leaders may choose to take into account the names chosen by the parliamentary blocs as their so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” — or not.In any case, the election seems likely to weaken the main groups in Strasbourg, and make it harder for the centre-right EPP to push its choice.Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will back EPP candidate Manfred Weber, but French President Emmanuel Macron opposes the whole process.

    The EU Game of Thrones explained

    This week’s European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent’s top leadership jobs, but won’t decide the winners

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  • European Parliament elections are usually labeled “second-order elections.” Low voter turnout, which has been falling steadily since the first election in 1979, seems to indicate that Europeans do not attach enough importance to them. Three months before this year’s election, only 33% of European citizens knew that it would be held in May, and only 5% knew the exact dates. A month ago, just 26% of Germans were familiar with their countryman Manfred Weber – the European People’s Party’s candidate for the European Commission presidency.
  • Efforts to resist the populists have been underwhelming and sometimes misguided. Some, such as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, have made the mistake of mimicking their message and approach. Others, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, have peddled largely hollow visions of hope, with mixed results. Then there were the poorly conceived efforts to connect the EU to the people, exemplified by the series of chaotic televised debates that have marked this year’s campaign for the European Commission presidency.
  • Climate change is hugely important. But there is something just as urgent that leaders across Europe need to talk about. This is the necessity to think and act strategically if Europeans are to defend their political, economic, and trade interests. This means taking an unjaundiced look at the condition of the transatlantic relationship, the role of China, and the persistent menacing interference of Russia in the EU.
  • Around 500 film directors, makers and stars signed a “European Manifesto” at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday. The text signed by, among others, Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, German director Wim Wenders, and UK actor Ralph Fiennes, calls on Europeans to stand up for a “free and democratic Europe, a Europe of freedom of thought and expression” by voting in European Elections 23-26 May.
  • The leaders may choose to take into account the names chosen by the parliamentary blocs as their so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” — or not.In any case, the election seems likely to weaken the main groups in Strasbourg, and make it harder for the centre-right EPP to push its choice.Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will back EPP candidate Manfred Weber, but French President Emmanuel Macron opposes the whole process.

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