Public opinion on immigration: Has the recession changed minds?

Timothy J Hatton 07 June 2014

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Topics:  Migration Politics and economics

Tags:  democracy, immigration, politics, populism, European parliament

How unequal is the European Parliament’s representation?

Anish Tailor, Nicolas Véron 21 May 2014

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This week’s European Parliament election (22–25 May) has several unprecedented features. Most importantly, the main pan-European parties are fielding lead candidates for European Commission President. Turning the election into a presidential horse race was intended to increase electoral participation and enhance the Parliament’s democratic legitimacy, even though it remains to be seen whether voters will actually see things this way.

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Topics:  EU institutions Politics and economics

Tags:  elections, democracy, EU, Inequality, voting, European parliament, treaty change

Will voters turn out in the 2014 European Parliamentary elections?

Owen McDougall, Ashoka Mody 17 May 2014

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The extent of voter turnout in the 2014 European Parliamentary (EP) election is widely viewed as a critical test for European democracy. Turnout in the EP elections has steadily declined over three decades, from 62% in the first election in 1979 to 43% in the 2009 election (EP Liaison Office undated). There is great concern that the legitimacy of the EU is at stake should there be a further slide in voter turnout.

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Topics:  EU institutions Politics and economics

Tags:  elections, ECB, democracy, EU, trust, voting, European parliament, turnout

The political endgame for the euro crisis

Charles A.E. Goodhart, Dirk Schoenmaker 14 December 2011

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The euro has a supranational monetary policy framework, while the fiscal side is still national/intergovernmental. We have a central bank president for the Eurozone, but no finance minister. But how could countries possibly cede sovereignty over some aspects of fiscal policy without democratic legitimacy?

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Topics:  EU institutions

Tags:  European parliament, EZ crisis, EZ political integration

The more you vote, the more you count in Europe

Matteo M. Galizzi, Maurizio Lisciandra 27 June 2009

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The European Parliament elections are one of the few occasions for 375 million voters to discuss major issues on the future of Europe and its integration process. However, in almost all countries these issues have been absent from or marginal in the political debate, and the European elections have been mainly used as an indicator of approval or disapproval of the incumbent national governments. The widespread feeling of disaffection for the European elections has produced a drastic decline in turnout: from 63% in the first elections in 1979 down to 45.6% in 2004 and 43.1% this June.

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Topics:  EU institutions

Tags:  elections, European parliament

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