Europe Decides… and we look on!

Europe Decides LogoToday, as polls open in the UK and the Netherlands, FNF Europe has invited David O’Leary, Project Leader of Europe Decides with Burson-Marsteller Brussels and Thomas Leys, Campaign Officer for the Open VLD to discuss with us the campaigns & candidates of EU2014 elections and tell us what they think the EU will look like post-elections.

Looking into his crystal ball, on the results of the European elections O’Leary sees the core pro-EU parties in the lead. Although the Eurosceptic left and right-wing populist parties stand to gain significant increases in seats, “these groups will do nothing but create noise” – their inability to form coalitions or coherent policy positions will still leave most of the actual legislative work to be firmly in the hands of the mainstream parties. Their expected impact is overstated and the days of them catching the headlines will be but fleeting. Together the EPP, S&D and ALDE will still take up two thirds of the seats. Continue reading

Upcoming event: Europe Decides: Campaigns, candidates & the EU post-elections

Results Debate InfographicThursday, 22 May 2014
12.00 – 14.00
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

Between 22 and 25 May 2014 citizens of the 28 EU Member States will elect their representatives to the European Parliament, the only directly elected body of the European Union. Partially in order to counteract the decreasing voter turnout since the first EP-elections in 1979, five European parties have nominated “Spitzenkandidaten” for the post of European Commission President. While national parties coordinate the campaigns of the total of 751 MEPs domestically, the European parties campaign EU-wide for their frontrunners: Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE), Jean-Claude Juncker (EPP), Ska Keller (Greens) and Martin Schulz (PES). The candidates faced each other in the first ever televised debate on 28 April in Maastricht.

Was the Europe-wide campaign successful? Were the candidates able to get their political positions across? Did putting faces on European campaigns help bring Europe closer to the people? Will it reverse decreasing voter turnout? Are European parties ready for “big campaigning”? Or do domestic issues again shape this year’s European elections?

Find the complete invitation here. Please register by 21 May.


Upcoming event: “Priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency 2013”

Source: Website Lithuanian Presidency

Wednesday, 10 July 2013
8.00 – 9.30h
Venue: Lithuanian Permanent Representation, Rue Belliard 41-43, 1040 Brussels

In the second half of 2013, Lithuania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it is the first of the three Baltic States that joined the EU in 2004 to do so. While its predecessor Ireland focuses on “stability, jobs and growth”, Lithuania will strive towards a “credible, growing and open

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