European Elections in Germany and elsewhere: Some lessons
The European elections from May 25, 2014 were marked by some specific elements. They took place in the context of major economic and social crisis in a number of member states of the EU, especially in the Southern parts of the Eurozone. For the first time, the major political forces in the European Parliament – the centre right European People's Party, the Social Democrats (ESP), the Liberals and the Greens/Ecologists – were presenting pan-European “lead candidates” supposed to take over, in the case of electoral victory, the post of the President of the European Commission. Two of the candidates – Jean Claude Juncker for the EPP and Martin Schulz from ESP – were seen as serious contenders for the job, as their parties where fighting for the first place in the elections.
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