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(1) EU elections 2019
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EU elections 2019

We have EU elections in May 2019. Whom will you support? What would you like to see in the EU programme for the next mandate 2019-2024? Did you read any interesting news about the elections? Any special debate going on in your country?

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Keeping track of the polls

Go here for links to websites with results of all-EU and national polls:
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...68#pid4368

European Elections seat projection (Politico)  Exclamation  
https://www.politico.eu/2019-european-elections/
A great webpage, with interactive tools - click around a little to 'analyse' the data you are interested in.

Europe Elects  Exclamation 
https://europeelects.eu/ep2019/
Polls about EU elections, list of lead candidates and similar info. Too see polls and projections in your country, use the European Union drop-down menu. A very good site - explore it.
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On this thread - table of contents:

Election update (4 Nov 2018) 
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...92#pid1692
In the news (9 Jan 2019) 
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...65#pid4365
Keeping track of the polls (9 Jan 2019) 
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...68#pid4368
Graph: Polls for EU elections (January 2019)  
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...74#pid4374




Information from the European Parliament


European Elections 2019  Exclamation  
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pr...-press-kit
Check the links at the bottom of the page.


An interesting graphic showing an overview of national election rules:

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Key dates:

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Lead candidates and the election of the European Commission (20 Aug 2018)   
The Spitzenkandidat (lead candidate) process, first used in the 2014 European elections, gives European citizens a say on candidates for EU Commission President.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pr...candidates

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Election calendar

2018

7-8 November EPP congress (Conservatives), Helsinki - election of the lead candidate (Weber, Stubb)
8-10 November ALDE congress (Liberals), Madrid - adoption of manifesto
23-25 November European Greens council, Berlin - election of two lead candidates (De Sutter. Keller, Eickhout, Schmidt)
7-8 December PES congress (Social Democrats), Lisbon - election of the lead candidate (Timmermans, Šefčovič)

2019

end of February ALDE electoral congress - election of the lead candidate
18 April last session of the outgoing parliament
23-26 May elections




Sources of information

Europe elects
https://europeelects.eu/ep2019/
Polls about EU elections, list of lead candidates and similar info.

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Barnier for president of EC, Merkel for high representative

Angela Merkel should become the president of the European Commission (3 September 2018)
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ang...20301.html

It seems to me that Merkel’s CDU will nominate Weber for the EPP’s spitzenkandidat for tactical internal political reasons – as Merkel’s concession to the Bavarian CSU (remember the recent row over the border regime).

I do not like Weber at all – he is a very right Conservative. Not very experienced politically. His speeches in European Parliament are not hugely impressive. He does not come across as a strong clear-headed leader.

I am a very left voter for Slovenian national elections (more left than anything available in the UK). However, I do realise that considering the current EU27 political landscape, the EPP group is likely to be the relative winner with the largest number of MEPs, so the EPP spitzenkandidat matters for all of us.

I think that it would be great if Barnier became the president of the European Commission. Through his hard work on Brexit, he probably knows the current positions and special problems of all 27 EU members better than anyone else. His work and impeccable attitudes are impressive. He enjoys support and respect across the EU27. He is also very strongly pro-EU, and although in EPP, I do not think that he would try to push the EU very right socio-economically. He strongly stands for our shared European values. He is diplomatic and pragmatic, yet strongly principled. He would be comfortable working within his mandate as our top civil servant. He is well qualified to see through the internal EU reforms.

I admire Merkel’s leadership skills and her clear-headed handling of politics (in spite of her Conservative positions). However, it would be bad if she became the president of the Commission – she and Germany would be perceived to be much too powerful and dominant (various extremist right /left retro-nationalists would be constantly banging on about it even if it were not justified), which could become more of a hindrance than a facilitator of the needed internal EU reforms, and more a factor of internal division than unity. And Merkel knows it.

I think we have a better use for Merkel – she should become our high representative (‘foreign minister’). In the crazy Trump-Brexit world, it is essential that the EU finally takes its place on the world stage as a leading world power. Merkel is the best person we have for this job of representing the EU abroad. She is well known and respected around the world. She has also demonstrated that she has humanitarian qualities. She is a champion of EU’s cooperation with Africa. She knows all world leaders, past and present. She is a tough negotiator. We can trust her that she will be a great ambassador of our values.

As our high representative, Merkel would work a sort of in parallel with the Commission- on external rather than internal issues. With such ‘sidelining’, she would not be perceived as a ‘threat’ of dominance by other EU members, but rather as a strong representative of the EU on the international stage.

(Having said that, Mogherini is doing a great job – she has to get some good position in the new mandate too.)

Both Barnier and Merkel also enjoy talking to journalists, which is good for bringing the EU ‘closer to people’. The Barnier-Merkel duo would be a hard nut to crack in international negotiations.

I will vote for Social Democrats in the EU elections – I want the EU to turn more strongly towards its Social Democratic roots. Although in this mandate, in particular the Juncker-Schulz cooperation was surprisingly good in this respect, and the SD group (even if the EPP was quite dominant in EU institutions) managed to get many things on its agenda through in a fairly strong undiluted version (e.g. more power to the Parliament, the new Pillar of Social Rights, the anti-tax evasion legislation).

I would like to have a Social Democrat as the president of the European Parliament (Timmermans? It would be interesting to have Mogherini!). I definitely want Vestager to stay in her position – she is awesome.

Brexit will re-shuffle somewhat the power balance in the European Parliament. The EPP group will not lose anything, because the Tories had their own far-right ECR group (which will in turn be totally weakened – will possibly merge with another group). But the Social Democrats will lose Labour MEPs – so UK’s departure weakens SD. Of course we have the great newcomers – Macron’s new party. If En marche joins the ALDE Liberals and Macron persuades some other parties to join the group, this would put ALDE on the map for some powerful EU positions too. It certainly will be interesting to see how Macron plays his EU cards.

(Comment written on 4 September 2018)
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What are you going to do about the Ukraine?
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#4
Why is there little or nothing here about specific policies? Could it be that there are no single policies of general interest to the EU? That in fact each country still sees itself as a sovereign unit?
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(17-09-18, 11:08 AM)Dodgy Geezer Wrote: What are you going to do about the Ukraine?

I wasn't aware "the Ukraine" was an EU member.  It will have as little relevance to the EU elections in 2019 as brexit Britain.
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New VoteWatch survey: Who will lead the EU after 2019 elections?

VoteWatch has released some data from their new survey of the 'EU bubble' (= expectations of the EU 'insiders' based on the info, rumours etc. they have available in their circle) about the outcome of EU elections in May 2019. Election activities now started for real. It is interesting to compare the results of VoteWatch surveys in April 2018 and September 2018.

Next president of the European Commission

April 2018
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September 2018
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Next president of the European Parliament

April 2018
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September 2018
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Huh Let us do a survey of the 'Debate Uncersored bubble': Whom would you like to see at the helm - and why? Anyone whom you would not like to have in top positions? Post your answers below (use the white Reply button at the bottom of my post) - start your replies with these two lines:

Commission: name of your favourite for president
Parliament: name of your favourite for president

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18 September 2018
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Very interesting Ajda.  Any idea as to why Barnier appears to have fallen out of favour as next President of the European Commission in such a short period of time?
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(18-09-18, 08:29 PM)Ciaran Ireland Wrote: Any idea as to why Barnier appears to have fallen out of favour as next President of the European Commission in such a short period of time?

Probably because the German CDU/CSU decided to back Manfred Weber (CSU, Bavaria) as the spitzenkandidat for the EPP party group. Note that Barnier too is in EPP - there will only be one nominee after voting at the EPP congress in early November.

Alternatively, perhaps Barnier has decided to not run after all (and retire instead) and the EU bubble has heard some rumours about it.
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Thanks Ajda - interesting, so like national politics, it comes down to either preferences within individual parties or personal career decisions. I would be very disappointed to see Barnier move to the sidelines, either by his own choice or choice of others. To me he is a remarkable individual and his sense of patience and conviction epitomizes the EU27 negotiation position in relation to brexit. He is a true leader.
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I would not be happy to see Merkel take any kind of leading position in the EU. Not because I think she couldn't handle it but simply for the very selfish reason that we currently need her here. I cannot see anyone in German politics who could take her place and this is a major upcoming problem. Aside from this and if I was to be more generous, I think she would make an excellent, able, well qualified and unversally respected high representative. But that's just my opinion.
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