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Between Apathy and Anger: Challenges to the Union from the 2014 Elections to the European Parliament. EPIN [Working] Paper No. 39, 20 May 2014

Piedrafita, Sonia and Lauenroth, Anne and Antoinette Primatarova, Antoinette Primatarova and Tuomas Iso-Markku, Tuomas Iso-Markku and Selma Bendjaballah, Selma Bendjaballah and Filippa Chatzistavrou, Filippa Chatzistavrou and Sofia Michalaki, Sofia Michalaki and Eleonora Poli, Eleonora Poli and Niels Goet , Niels Goet and Afke Groen, Afke Groen and Agnieszka Łada, Agnieszka Łada and Agnes Nicolescu, Agnes Nicolescu and Salvador Llaudes, Salvador Llaudes and Ignacio Molina, Ignacio Molina and Vilde Renman, Vilde Renman (2014) Between Apathy and Anger: Challenges to the Union from the 2014 Elections to the European Parliament. EPIN [Working] Paper No. 39, 20 May 2014. [Working Paper]

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    This EPIN study brings together contributions from a ​broad selection of member states ​and ​provid​es ​insightful analysis ​into the 2014 elections to the European Parliament on the ground. The report reveals the different factors that impede the development of genuine European elections and the consequences of the ballot in the member states covered by the study​, namely Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK​,​ and at EU level. The report finds that: • The EP Resolution to encourage European parties to nominate candidates for the next Commission President has not really increased public interest in the EU and voter turnout will probably remain low. • Visibility of the European top candidates in most member states has been quite limited. • National manifestos do not coincide – and sometimes event conflict with – the European parties’ manifestos. • Election debates focus on national issues; EU issues are only brought to public debate when they are relevant for domestic politics. • Again, we will see a protest vote against governments and large parties. The EP elections are still perceived as a test ahead of local and national elections, or as a vote of confidence in national governments. • This year the protest vote also concerns the EU. The report predicts a more eurosceptic ballot that might complicate decision-making in the EU, exacerbate the conflict between the national and European levels and increase tensions among member states.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Finland
    Countries > France
    Countries > Germany
    Countries > Greece
    Countries > Italy
    Countries > Netherlands
    Countries > Poland
    Countries > Romania
    Countries > Spain
    Countries > U.K.
    Countries > Bulgaria
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > EPIN Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 11:12
    Number of Pages: 121
    Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 11:06

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