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Old 06-08-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
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Q&A: European elections 2009

The European Parliament election in June 2009 will be the biggest trans-national election in history.

About 375 million European citizens in 27 countries are eligible to vote, as 736 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are elected for a five-year term.

Distribution of seats (total 736):

EPP 267
Socialists 183
Liberal 84
Green 50
Left 34
UEN 25
Ind/Dem 21
Other 72
European People's Party
Conservatives (UK) - being withdrawn from EPP after election
UMP (France)
CDU/CSU (Germany)
Partido Popular (Spain)
Unió Democràtica de Catalunya (Spain)
Il Popolo della Libertà (Italy)
Platforma Obywatelska (Poland)

Party of European Socialists
Labour (UK)
Parti Socialiste (France)
SPD (Germany)
PSOE (Spain)
Partito Socialista (Italy)
Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej (Poland)

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats
Lib Dems (UK)
Mouvement Démocrate (France)
ACDE (France)
FDP (Germany)
CiU (Spain)
PNV (Spain)
la Margherita (Italy)
Partia Demokratyczna (Poland)

Greens / European Free Alliance
Green Party (UK)
SNP (UK)
Les Verts (France)
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Germany)
Confederación de los Verdes (Spain)
Verdi (Italy)

Left
European United Left
Nordic Green Left

Independence and Democracy
UKIP (UK)
Mouvement pour la France (France)
Liga Polskich Rodzin (Poland)
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:38 AM   #2
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Kangaroo parliament.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Domestic elections remain far more important but it's still interesting for comparing and contrasting political views across the continent.

Labour has slipped behind UKIP in the UK.
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commedical elections, clownish parliament.
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No-one cares. Fair enough.
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Other than really none, what power does the EU parliament have?
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I care, I care!
Expected results, with the rise of euro-scepticism and anti-immigration platforms: 1 out of every 6 MP belong to these camps. I find especially amusing the euro-sceptic MPs, who belong to an institution they'd like to disappear . But it is the right way to do it, so I commend them.

All in all, the EU has to change. Euro-scepticism is growing in former staunchly europhile regions like Ireland or Spain, and with good reason. But I'm clueless as to what would help.

I'd like more integration, but it is unrealistic with the language barrier, and in a lesser measure, the geographical and cultural distances. Thus, maybe we should take a step back and streghthen what it's been proven to work and it's necessary: common market for business and people and common regulations.

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Other than really none, what power does the EU parliament have?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europea..._and_functions

It's actually fairly powerful, but they try not to draw too much attention upon themselves because of nationalistic fears all across Europe. The main difference with a national parliament is that they cannot innitiate legislation, but they can prod the European commission (European government), so that's not a serious handicap.
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Other than really none, what power does the EU parliament have?
Actually it started with few powers, but through the years and with various reorganisations of the EU bodies its power grew, esp. their power as part of the legislative branch (like one would expect from a parliament), which at the start was minimal, mostly advisory.
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The more they spent on trying to get people to vote, the lower the turnout.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Other than really none, what power does the EU parliament have?
A lot more than most people think.
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European People's Party
Conservatives (UK) - being withdrawn from EPP after election
UMP (France)
CDU/CSU (Germany)
Partido Popular (Spain)
Unió Democrŕtica de Catalunya (Spain)
Il Popolo della Libertŕ (Italy)
Platforma Obywatelska (Poland)

Party of European Socialists
Labour (UK)
Parti Socialiste (France)
SPD (Germany)
PSOE (Spain)
Partito Socialista (Italy)
Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej (Poland)

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats
Lib Dems (UK)
Mouvement Démocrate (France)
ACDE (France)
FDP (Germany)
CiU (Spain)
PNV (Spain)
la Margherita (Italy)
Partia Demokratyczna (Poland)

Greens / European Free Alliance
Green Party (UK)
SNP (UK)
Les Verts (France)
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Germany)
Confederación de los Verdes (Spain)
Verdi (Italy)

Left
European United Left
Nordic Green Left

Independence and Democracy
UKIP (UK)
Mouvement pour la France (France)
Liga Polskich Rodzin (Poland)
You forgot Union Europe of the Nations, the European right wing, that actually had a great result in these elections.
I make politics in my town and so I can talk a bit from "inside". In Italy a strong feeling against EU and against foreigner inmigration is raising. In fact a party which is often described as xenophobe by foreigner and national papers (Lega Nord) got more than 10% (and more than 25% in some Northern regions) and, only case in Europe for an "anti-integration" party, it is actually at the government of the country.

I am Europeist. But not in the sense EU is developing. I see Europe as cultural union above all, then strategic. This union is only about money and stupid regulations. We are even going to make Turkey join EU. This is the end of an Europe seen as union of populations with common cultural origins. To this integration I say NO.
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