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.
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.
Voters in Italy will have to decide about a constitutional reform on December 4th. The referendum, strongly supported by Italian PM Renzi, results in heated debates, also in our #callItaly, where our young voters share their fears that it will shift powers away from the parliament or will weaken Italy’s position in the EU.
What exactly is going on in Austria? What are young people thinking on the candidates and Austria’s future? We decided to activate our European network and #CallVienna to ask two young voters to explain their choices.