Today, we’re asking the most important question of all. Who will you vote for? Which of the parties in the European Parliament will you support in the upcoming EU elections on 23-26 May? Your decision matters, not just because it will affect the political make-up of the European Parliament (and therefore the future direction of Europe) but also because it will help decide the next President of the European Commission via the Spitzenkandidaten process.
If you want to get a fuller picture of what the different parties are offering, then be sure to check our Me&EU series to see where they all stand on a range of issues from climate change, to immigration, to Brexit. Be sure to compare the various manifestos published by the European political parties, and see what their Spitzenkandidaten have to say (and who they are).
Who will you vote for? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to put their final pitch to our readers, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the party you ultimately agree with the most. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!
We hear a lot about ‘extremism’ within the European Parliament and within the European electoral process. One manifestation of that extremism is the far-right, which wants to bring the entire house of cards down. However, I would argue that the other extremism is that of the so-called ‘centrist’ movements, whose answer to all of the crises that we’ve seen over the past number of years – whether they be economic or humanitarian crises – have been more of the same; they want more federalism, more centralisation, less democratic accountability.
I think the position of progressive left parties like my own (Sinn Féin) is for a different way. It’s for a European Union, absolutely, but a European Union that acts in concert and in partnership with Member States, and which takes it directions from the citizens of Europe as opposed to the corporations or the larger Member States’ interests. So, I think there is a space for a better Europe, for a more democratic Europe, but in order for that to happen I think that there needs to be a voice for more progressive and left-wing parties, such as Sinn Féin, and that’s why I’m asking people to support Sinn Féin and like-minded parties on 23-26 May.