European Elections have so far been characterised as “second-order” elections, preceded by a campaign based on mainly domestic rather than European issues. Also, EP elections were characterised by particularly low turnout, with an outcome favorable to small parties and political forces from the opposition in their national contexts. It may be argued that this picture has changed since the outbreak of the economic and financial crisis in Europe. For some observers, first signs of a “Europeanisation of European Elections” have become visible in 2009 already. Will the 2014 EP elections become the first truly European elections?
Roberto D’Alimonte, Professor of Italian Political System at LUISS Università Guido Carli
Sylvie Goulard, Member of the European Parliament
Miguel Maduro, Portuguese Minister for Regional Development and Minister Adjunct to the Prime Minister
Chair: Alexander H. Trechsel, Director of EUDO and Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI