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This is a selection of the best from our European elections coverage. Please head here for our more recent coverage of the aftermath of the European elections.

Whatever happened to the European elections debate?


Whatever happened to the European elections debate? Nada. It's not as if there isn't plenty for Europeans to talk about. What about EU surveillance? Or the rise of an exclusionary 'National Us' across Europe? Doesn't it matter? What about austerity policies impoverishing vast swathes of Europe - don't we care? Well - then - shouldn't we talk about voter apathy? Or is it European rabbits caught in the headlights we should be talking about? A special Can Europe make it? series.

Those who vote
'euro-sceptic' and the citizens of the Europe to come

The abolition of freedom of movement within the EU, regarded as one of the central achievements of the European project, is not only a real possibility, but an emerging reality. But so is the fightback.



Diagonal mass surveillance

Mass surveillance does not follow the vertical logic of pure state surveillance as imagined by Orwell. Rather, it is diagonal – building on the information we voluntarily disclose to engage in our own "surveillance" of online friends. From our 'Joining the dots on state surveillance' series.

As long as the EU remains mired in its own abstractions, voter apathy will continue.

The post-war mantra of ‘let’s cooperate rather than invade each other’ has lost its relevance for younger generations. Read more from our You Tell Us bloggers on apathy here.



Europeans are getting poorer. Do you care?

Is the nation-state still the most viable form of political community or have the pressures of globalization reduced its possibility to maintain the well-being of its citizens in such a manner that we should look to a larger community of reciprocal solidarity, namely Europe?


The EAF is dead! Long live the MENL!

The Front National has long been at the centre of pan-European party initiatives, which were always dominated by former FN leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen. The EAF was founded without FN-involvement, however.

Euro elections 2014: You tell us bloggers on life after elections (Part Two)

Our You Tell Us bloggers say farewell to the Euro elections and for now at least, to Can Europe make it?See part one here.

Euro elections 2014: You tell us bloggers on life after elections (Part One)

Our You Tell Us bloggers say farewell to the Euro elections and for now at least, to Can Europe make it?. See part two here.

Citizens are not stupid: looking at the European Elections from the outside in

Seen by an outsider, the European Elections actually looked more like a success for Europe and transnational democracy - not a failure. Let me tell you why.

Italy: back to the future?

PM Matteo Renzi triumphed over Beppe Grillo and Berlusconi in the last European elections. Does this reshuffling of Italian politics mean the country is back to a sort of normal?

France and the European elections

Just as shocking as if Nick Griffin's daughter had cornered 27% of British votes, it is clear why Nigel Farage does not want to be associated with – and tainted by – his French counterpart. But is it a surprise that “Enough” is at the core of the FN platform?

Grazie Italia – a ray of hope in a distrustful Europe

This is a crucial opportunity for Italy to make its mark and counter the dogma of austerity as much as the division between so-called core countries and peripheral countries. It is an opportunity for proposing alternatives and a path of growth.

The habits of the heart: substantive democracy after the European elections

Despite the dramatic spread of democratic procedures in recent decades, there is a profound and growing deficit in substantive democracy everywhere. ‘They call it democracy but it isn’t’ was one of the slogans of the Spanish indignados.

Not polished enough! Have Swedes had enough of the far right?

In an increasingly unequal Sweden, the far right has been able to capitalise on growing insecurity for its xenophobic ends—but it faces strong public resistance as Swedes go to the Euro-polls

Greece: how deep does this River run?

On the eve of the Euro elections, Can Europe make it? talks to Stavros Theodorakis (founder and leader of The River – Greece’s newest political party) and Nicholas Yatromanolakis (campaign manager and MEP candidate) about the silent majority, politics beyond parties, and Europe’s disconnect. Interview.

Eurovision and Euro elections: the final straw in Polish gender wars

How is the victory of Conchita Wurst being politicized in Poland? What is the connection between Eurovision and the upcoming European Parliamentary elections?

Conchita’s Euro-vision: On aesthetic standards and transphobia battles

What is the role of gender in consolidating social identity and subjectivity? How has Conchita Wurst changed our aesthetics and political ethos?

Useless European elections?

A vicious circle must be broken, but this can arise only from inside the European perspective, through a mounting pressure of the Union’s citizens, who must at the same time avoid “sovereign” fallacies and "cosmopolitan" illusions.

Can Alexis Tsipras save the Italian left?

The oft-divided Italian radical left has united behind the star of the Greek left, Alexis Tsipras, in the European elections. Will this be enough to avoid yet another electoral failure? Euro elections landscape, 2014.

Populist snapshots: Front National (FN) in the European Parliament

This article looks at the basic framing devices of France's Front National rhetoric in the European parliament, and some of their debates. It is taken from a Counterpoint series on populist rhetoric leading up to the European elections.

Europe’s unfinished democracy

Old Europe is disaggregating. The new Europe, which has long been a reality in the mind of many European citizens, is waiting for its constitution, one that will effectively take us into the future.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss

Young bloggers from across the EU discuss the euro elections as seen from their countries. See also, Whatever happened to the European elections debate?

Has German politics suddenly got interesting?

The abolition of the election threshold clause means that a variety of strange and satirical parties could win seats in the euro elections.

The euro elections in Greece - measuring the temperature in recent days

What are the most recent polls saying about the euro elections in Greece?

A postcard from Malta

What are the euro elections like in the EU's smallest state?

The lead-up to the European elections in Bulgaria: how not to do politics

Ten days before the European elections, what is the situation on the ground in Bulgaria? Who are the main contenders and what are the main issues?

Populist snapshots: UKIP (UK) in the European Parliament

This article looks at the basic framing devices of UKIP rhetoric in the European parliament, and some of their debates. It is taken from a Counterpoint series on populist rhetoric leading up to the European elections, including recommendations on how to respond to populist rhetoric.

Why these European elections matter for Portugal

As Portugal celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, the Portuguese must decide what role they want to play in Europe. Euro elections landscape, 2014.

What does the rise of Ukip mean for Scottish and British politics?

A new national pastime now exists thanks to the existence and rise of Ukip. But even if they win the Euro elections we must be careful in which conclusions we draw, particularly in Scotland.

If you care about climate and international development, vote for Europe

Our ability to influence climate change and global development would be seriously curtailed by leaving the EU, not to mention the appalling prospect of a UKIP victory contributing to the break up of the UK with September's independence vote.

The UK and Denmark: growing public euroscepticism

The UK and Denmark are two of the most eurosceptic members of the EU, but can the two countries' eurosceptic movements be compared?

Hubris and nemesis: the nine lives of Mr Berlusconi

In Italy, the European elections are gaining importance because they could well constitute a watershed in the long and chequered political career of Silvio Berlusconi. Euro elections landscape, 2014.

Those who vote ‘euro-sceptic’ and the citizens of the Europe to come

The abolition of freedom of movement within the EU, widely regarded as one of the central achievements of the European project, is not only a real possibility, but already an emerging reality. But so is the fightback. A contribution to the discussion between Etienne Balibar, Bo Stråth and Sandro Mezzadra.

The divided house of anti-Europe

Right-wing Eurosceptic parties will have more MEPs than ever before in the next European Parliament. But this doesn't mean they will be able to form a united Eurosceptic front.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss the far right in Europe (part one)

Our young bloggers from across the EU discuss the rise of the far right in Europe. Part two here.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss the far right in Europe (part two)

Our young bloggers from across the EU discuss the rise of the far right in Europe. Part one here.

Mythic origins or original sin? Euroscepticism and an ever closer reality

Euroscepticism is a strategically invented social construct – much like the myth of “ever closer union” itself – to capture and channel growing popular discontent with the aftermath of the European integration process. 

The European Union’s problem is substance, not narrative

The hard fact that 'pro-Europeans' have to grasp is that for many people the EU is not at all that great. Quite the contrary, the EU imposes tough economic rules, yet gives little palpable in return.

Let's forget about EU reforms

Those who bet their political career on EU reforms are likely to return from Brussels with little to show to their voters. It is time to embark on a more realistic European agenda.

Bulgaria: leaving no man's land behind for the EU open door

One lesson we are learning is that although Brussels is important, it is not a universal solution. Brussels is used as an excuse in Bulgaria so that we do not worry about political lobbying, the judicial system, and the media, because somebody else has the big stick. An interview with Dimitar Bechev. 

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