RECENT ELECTIONS for the European Parliament sharply underscored deepening political polarization and the continuing fracturing of political consensus among the 28 nation-state members of the European Union (EU)–fuelled by a traumatic debt crisis, austerity measures and intractable unemployment that are the consequence of the global financial meltdown of 2008. Some 43 percent of the EU’s 400 million eligible voters participated ... Read More »
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1.6.2014, Fox News – EU elections: After gains by far right, does ‘political earthquake’ foreshadow grim future?
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wasn’t exaggerating when he labeled last week’s European parliamentary elections a “political earthquake.” Valls and his colleagues awoke to a France that handed the National Front – Marine Le Pen’s “fascism with a pretty face” – a stunning victory. Her party won 26 percent of the vote – double that of the ruling Socialist Party. ... Read More »
The outcome of the recent European Parliament elections is described in press and political circles in Europe and North America as a shock or crisis, but the actual reaction is better named hysteria. What this vote has done is contribute 150 anti-”Europe” members to a parliamentary body numbering 751 seats in total, which has very little power over the functions ... Read More »
Last week’s European Parliament (EP) elections have revealed a number of sad but important truths about the EU’s current state. The political opinions in Europe in general and in member states individually tell us a lot about the EU’s future. Only 43.1 percent of potential voters cared to go to the polls, which means the turnout was almost the same ... Read More »
28.5.2014, Open Society Foundations – What Do the Results of the European Elections Mean for Open Society?
Across the EU, radical parties—including anti-EU and xenophobic parties—have made significant electoral gains. In France, the National Front, once on the extreme racist fringe, will have 24 seats in the European Parliament, as will the UK Independence Party, which wants to dismantle EU laws that protect the most marginalized people in Europe. I spoke with Heather Grabbe, director of the ... Read More »
Roma people will occupy a total of two seats in the newly-elected European Parliament (EP). Soraya Post, a Roma activist and human rights fighter from Sweden, led the candidate list of the Feminist Initiative to victory yesterday. Post will also continue in her position as Vice-Chair of the European Roma and Travellers Forum as well. The other MEP of Roma ... Read More »
25.5.2014, Romedia Foundation – May 2014: Towards a European Parliament with more Romani representatives?
This May will prove to be a month with quite some bearing for Europe, filled to the brim with decisions that will spell out its future for years to come. During the 22nd and the 25th of May, almost 400 million eligible citizens, from the 28 countries of the Union, have the opportunity to cast their ballot on who is ... Read More »
European elections culminate on “Super Sunday” when the remainder of the EU’s 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European Union centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left, Reuters’s Luke Baker says. Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland are among the major EU member states voting on Sunday, ... Read More »
24.5.2014, The Washington Post – 8 ridiculous, racist things actually said by far-right EU politicians
Voting for a new European parliament draws to a close this Sunday. The buildup to the elections has been dominated by one narrative: the seeming ascendance of a slew of far-right, Euroskeptic parties across the continent. The European fringe has jolted its stodgy mainstream, as my colleague Griffe Witte writes here. The offensive and, at times, racist comments made by ... Read More »
Over four days, 22-25 May, citizens of European Union countries vote for representatives to the EU parliament in Strasburg, an opportunity that a very large proportion in each country will ignore. Among those rampantly enthusiastic in their participation will be the parties of the far right, both the crypto-fascists and the overt fascists. Restriction on political rights and the rise ... Read More »