European Elections 2014

  • Green Party: We Need To Fight NeoLiberalism

    By on May 25, 2014

    With a few days to go before the European elections, xenophobic populists are grabbing all the headlines. Apparently they are cleaning up the "protest vote". But the Green Party offer reasonable, real and radical alternatives to the old school of European politics. Cafébabel spoke to Rupert Read, a philosopher at the University of East Anglia and Green Party candidate for the East of England.

  • Gender Equality In The European Elections

    By on May 20, 2014

    From May 22 - 25 the Eu­ro­pean elec­tions will be held, and once again the ques­tion arises: who the hell should I vote for? Cafébabel con­ducts part I of its party analy­sis: what's the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­ton of equal rights?

  • Eurovision ménage à cinq: left, right, left, right… ?

    By on May 19, 2014

    Normally political rivals go head to head in televised debates. Sometimes they go head to head to head in a three-way scrap. But last night Europe took things even further. The five EU Commission Presidential candidates went head to head to head to head to head in a one of a kind political royal rumble. Can our traditional left-right binary spectrum handle such chaos?

  • Dispute over Europe: The EU-rope Confusion and the Politics of Consensus

    By on May 12, 2014

    There is a certain con­fu­sion be­tween the EU and Eu­rope which serves sev­eral anti-de­mo­c­ra­tic in­ter­ests. Con­sen­sus pol­i­tics gov­erns Brus­sels and any cri­tique of the in­sti­tu­tions is being cen­sored out from the pub­lic sphere as prim­i­tive Eu­roscep­ti­cism. It is no won­der that an­other record low in vot­ers' turnout is ex­pected on May 25th. 

  • Who to vote for in the European Elections? Find Out Here!

    By on May 12, 2014

    At Cafébabel, we are buzzing for the Eu­ro­pean elec­tions. Buzzing! 22-25 May we will be bounc­ing off the walls like blue­bot­tles in a jar. But how­ever ex­cited you are, it's not al­ways easy to know who you want to vote for. To help you de­cide, we have the plea­sure of an­nounc­ing our part­ner­ship with VoteM­atch Eu­rope.

  • EU Debate 2014: My Dad's On TV!

    Who wants to be the new Barroso? Last night we got to find out. This is the first time the President of the EU Commission will be democratically elected. This is the first time we get to see the candidates slug it out on telly. As the saying goes, "this time it's different". So just what did they have to say for themselves? Who deserves the EU top job?

  • #9 MEPs... Say What!? Tweets of the Week

    By on May 1, 2014

    One week from the elections, the twittersphere is really hotting up as candidates cram in a few last words to try and seduce voters. What do they have to say for themselves?

  • It's Time for A Generational Takeover

    By on April 27, 2014

    |Opinion| Rather than turn­ing their backs on the de­mo­c­ra­tic sys­tem, young peo­ple need to get en­gaged and go out and vote, now more than ever, in order to pro­tect their in­ter­ests, fight dis­crim­i­na­tion, and safe­guard democ­racy against an as­sault from the far-right.

  • Rebecca Taylor MEP: What Can Europe Do For Young People?

    By on April 20, 2014

    The EU is often accused of not caring about young people. But this is a simplification. Some MEPs devote their time to improving the lot of Europe’s youth. Rebecca Taylor is one of them. The Liberal Democrat MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament's Youth Intergroup told Cafébabel what the EU actually does for young people, why human contact beats Twitter and why we love immigration.

  • Followers are like Penis Size: Digital EU political campaigns

    By on April 4, 2014

    Democ­racy can be made sexy again through dig­i­tal media, says po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sor and blog­ger Mar­tin Fuchs. Will the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion be a part of the Eu­ro­pean elec­tions? Which on­line strate­gies are can­di­dates as­sum­ing be­fore the EU par­lia­men­tary elec­tions? How do you get ad­mit­ted to par­lia­ment at the last minute?