With Denmark facing two important elections in the next two months, many young Danes are confronted with new responsibilities coming along with voting. Our Danish author Jonas Ravn is excited to go to the ballot boxes for the first time and shares his thoughts. Update: The EP elections had a voter turnout of 66%, which is the highest ever for a European Parliament election in Denmark. After the election a politician from Socialistisk Folksparti (Socialist People’s Party) withdrew and gave his seat to 21-year old Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, making her the youngest member of the European Parliament ever. The Danish nationalist party lost three seats, going from 4 to 1.
“EU report on Serbia likely after European election” – these headlines turned the spotlight once again to the debate of Serbia’s access to the EU. Divided between Europe where it belongs to geographically and culturally, and Russia – the “older brother and protector”, Serbia looks like Buridan’s ass that would starve to death between two equally alluring stacks of hay. Struggling to maintain the balance between East and West, trying to solve the Kosovo question and dealing with its own internal turmoil, Serbia is on a rocky road. In the light of the upcoming European elections in May, Milena from Belgrade analyses its importance for the Serbian society.
A clear victory for the social-democratic PSOE on the one hand, the rise of the extreme right-wing party Vox and its ascent to the Spanish Congreso on the other: These are without a doubt the internationally most discussed results of the recent general elections. But with the region of Andalusia, Vox already entered a regional parliament in 2018. The so-called “Iberian Immunity” against far-right parties after the end of the Franco dictatorship seems to be broken. Our author Miguel from Andalusia describes the reasons for this development and reactions to last year’s unexpected victory – bearing in mind that European elections are just around the corner.
The European Union heads for the ballots in May. What current and future challenges is the European Parliament facing? And how did the elected body develop in the first place? Our editor Gregor talked to the committed European Mechthild Roos, who is doing research on exactly these questions.
With the unexpected victory of Zuzana Čaputová in presidential elections Slovakia got into the focus of European public. Even so the success of the environmental lawyer is considerd as sign against politival apathy, voter turnout in the second round was less than 42 %. Which is much compared to the last European elections in Slovakia, were only around 13 percent went to the ballots. In our short series on the European Elections in May we want to give young voters a voice: This time Ema, student of European studies from Žiar nad Hronom, shares insights into Slovakia.
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? This divisive question concerning women’s reproductive rights is taking centre-stage in Europe: In March 2018, ten thousands took to the streets in Poland protesting against the toughening of the already strictest abortion laws in Europe. At the same time in Germany a heated discussion is going on about the laws governing the access to reliable and neutral information on the termination of unwanted pregnancies. And in Ireland, the government will hold a referendum on 25 May 2018 concerning the repeal or retention of the Eighth Amendment, which only allows terminations of pregnancies if the life of the mother is in danger. Our author Sarah Scott interviewed three 18-year-old Irish students about the upcoming referendum in Ireland, the influence of the Catholic Church...[Read More]
People being beaten up by the police just for trying to vote, a government which declares a referendum binding even though parts of the electorate where not able to vote and a large number of ballots where confiscated, and finally nearly the whole democratic elected government either in prison or in exile – the events around the Catalan independence referendum where unexpected and incomparable to any political development the old EU member states experienced since the end of the dictatorships in the South. Camilla Crovella from Italy tries to find explanations for these developments and looks also for future solutions by asking students both from Catalonia and Spain about their views and opinions. Joaquim Candel (22), Economics student from Barcelona and active member of the Catalan Moveme...[Read More]
Losses for both governing parties, right-wing-populists for the first time in the Bundestag (parliament) – the results of German elections some weeks ago remained issue of many debates. But what about the future government? Gregor is sharing some of his thoughts and opinions on this issue.
Brexit, Orbán and Le Pen. European right wing populism and state egotism is on the rise, the EU threatened by dissolution and there is no end in sight. What has gone wrong in the last years? How can the European Union get back on track? For Enja from Norway the EU bureaucrats have been detached from reality and ignored working class people for too long…
“Deport all Muslims”, “Stop letting refugees and foreigners into the country” “There is no longer a ‘Great’ in Great Britain”, and “I’m not a racist but…” social media is covered with comments like these after the suicide bombing in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert on the 22nd of May. The focus seemed to be finding someone to blame, and a group of people to vent their anger out on. But these few narrow-minded voices were soon drowned out by communities from across the country coming together and helping those who had been affected by the attack. However, these voices have again appeared after three men drove a van into crowds in London and went on to stab seven people to death and injured dozens of others who were enjoying a Saturday night out. Both these incidents were attacks on o...[Read More]
Milan Vukašinović’s life is stretched between Belgrade and Paris for a PhD in Byzantine history. Read how his experiences from Serbia stamped his perspectives on the contradictory situation right before the run-off of the French elections.