With only two days before our Debating Europe Vote 2014 closes, have YOU decided who to vote for? The last question we asked the candidates for EU Commission President is the most important question of all: ‘Why should we vote for you?’
We gave each candidate one minute to answer. With only 60 seconds to convince you, which topics will they choose to address, and what solutions will they offer?
In the run-up to the elections, we have been putting questions to the candidates for Commission President and publishing their responses here. We are using the same rules as the Eurovision TV debate on 15 May to decide which candidates take part, meaning they must be nominated by one of the political parties represented in the European Parliament, the party making the nomination must be represented in one of the seven officially recognized political groups in the Parliament and only one presidential candidate can be represented per political group.
We did invite Alexis Tsipras from the Radical Left to take part, but he did not agree to an interview in time.
Keller’s message is that a vote for the Greens is a vote for a more open Europe, for more democracy and social justice, stronger climate targets, and for a greater focus on the next generation.
Verhofstadt argues that issues like climate change, the financial crisis and illegal immigration are all multinational problems that can only be solved on a European level. So whereas he says the Conservatives and Eurosceptics believe we should solve these problems on a national level, the liberals believes more European integration is needed. Do YOU agree with them?
Next, we spoke to Martin Schulz, Presidential Candidate for the Social Democrats (Party of European Socialists). When asked to explain why people should vote for him and how his party is different from others, what would he say?
In short, Schulz’ message is that the Social Democrats will fight for a combination of budgetary control and investment in growth. He argues that fiscal responsibility is needed to prevent the next generation paying debts made today, but nevertheless investment in growth and jobs is needed to regain trust in Europe.
Finally, we spoke to Jean-Claude Juncker, Presidential Candidate for the Centre-Right European People’s Party. He is clear that responsible budgets and fiscal consolidation is needed to guarantee sustainable growth in Europe. Can he convince you to vote for his party?
Which party will YOU vote for? Should we have more budgetary control or more investment? Who has the right ideas for a better Europe? YOUR voice counts! So, with only two days until our Debating Europe Vote 2014 closes, let YOUR voice be heard!