Election Info

European Elections 2009: all the news on the European Elections

European Elections

Provisonal results

The right and centre-right parties easily beat the socialists during the European elections on 4th-7th June after voting that was marked by a new record abstention rate (56.45%). According to estimates published by the European Parliament, the European People's Party (EPP), is due to win 267 seats out of a total of 736, far ahead of the socialists that have won 159 seats. The liberals are due to have 81 seats, the Greens 51, the far left, 33, the sovereignists 35 and 20 seats. 90 seats have not yet been distributed notably those of the British Conservatives and Czech who have decided to form a new group.

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European Elections

"A magnificent victory ... to be transformed .."

At the European elections Jean-Dominique Giuliani analyses the consequences of the election in an editorial published on his site.

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Results

The Robert Schuman Foundation has published a European Issue on the results of the European elections. Corinne Deloy, author of the European Elections Monitor at the Foundation and researcher at the Political Studies Institute of Paris (Sciences Po) reads into the first lessons to be learnt from the election: a rise in abstention, progression of the rightwing and to a lesser degree the ecologist parties.

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Survey

Pre-electoral survey

On 25th May the poll on the European elections was published by TNS Opinion. According to the poll undertaken for the European Parliament at the beginning of May, citizens' enthusiasm is rising. Whilst 34% of those interviewed said they were sure they would vote in the last poll in January/February they now total 49%. The number of those interviewed who have decided not to vote has declined from 19% to 12%. At the same time interest in the election has increased from 44% at the beginning of the year to 53% in May. It is unemployment and economic growth that are still the main concerns for 57% and 45% of the electorate respectively.

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Electoral Campaign

Lists/Candidates

All lists including the men and women running as candidates in the European elections in the 27 EU Member States are now available. By using the interactive map on our site devoted to the European elections (www.elections-europeennes.org) you can access all the lists in each country together with their programmes, campaign sites and slogans.

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Study

A tour of the European Electoral Campaigns a few days before the European Elections

Just a few days before the European election the Robert Schuman Foundation has published a study managed by Corinne Deloy that reviews the electoral campaign in the 27 Member States.

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Belgium

Electoral Campaign

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, leading candidate on the Flemish liberals list in the European Elections in June, put forward his proposals on 12th May to bring Europe out of the economic crisis. He advised cleaning the European banking system of its toxic assets, the launch of an investment plan respresenting 6% of the European GDP and the creation of a European economic government. Moreover he accused the European Commission of being inactive and inert in the face of the crisis and he called on the European Parliament to refuse the appointment of the next President of the European Commission if the latter did not put forward to a real European recovery strategy.

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Appareance in the Media

On LCP

On 11th May, the Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation Jean-Dominiue Giuliani was guest on the parliamentary TV channel LCP in a debate hosted by Arnaud Ardouin . At the beginning of this campaign the fear of record abstention rates loom and are being interpreted in several ways. Jean-Dominique Giuliani believes that the "French will vote when they perceive that there is a political issue at stake." It is therefore necessary to explain the European Union to the citizens and show them the influence their vote will have, for example in the appointment of the next Commission President.

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France/Germany

Franco-German Campaign

On 10th May French President Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to Germany to discuss the European Elections with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They warned of a borderless Europe and clearly took a stance against accession to the EU by Turkey, stating their preference for a privileged partnership. The two leaders condemned the opponents of the Lisbon Treaty but who are calling for the enlargement of the European Union. They believe that the Union should be strengthened before any new enlargement is undertaken, so that it can continue to function.

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YouTube and Euronews

"Questions for Europe"

The on-line broadcaster YouTube and the TV channel Euronews launched a new service on 5th May to bring voters and candidates into contact with each other before the European elections on 4th-7th June next. The project "Questions for Europe" is attempting to encourage candidates, voters and experts to enter dialogue by means of on-line videos.

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