The slogan for the 2014 European Parliaments’ elections “This time it's different”, is intriguing. But what’s so different this time? Sure - the EP has gained more powers since Lisbon; European political parties have put forward candidates for the position of Commission president and Europe has become more economically integrated than ever.
Not at all different is the way the elections for the European Parliament are organised: national political parties campaigning on the basis of national election programmes. That is why this debate was different.
A debate between Agnes Jongerius, Bas Eickhout, Saïd El Khadraoui, Tom Vandenkendelaere, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Marcel de Graaff, Dirk Gotink and Gerben Jan Gerbrandy. Moderated by EU watcher Joop Hazenberg. The debate took place on April 24th, at the Campus The Hague.
What are the issues that will be promoted by the political parties? Are there important issues that can be regarded as the main issues that will play a role in these elections? A content analysis of the party manifestos of the political parties running for the 2014 elections by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
Prior to the debate, the 'Kieskompas' was launched.
This event was organised by Clingendael Institute, Faculty Campus The Hague of Leiden University, Montesquieu Institute, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands Society for International Affairs, and European Movement in the Netherlands.
This event was supported by B.I.L., Fortuna and B.A.S.I.S.