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!

Radical Left
Matt Carthy (GUE-NGL), Member of 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.

Greens
Ernest Urtasun (Group of the Greens), Member of the European Parliament:

Liberal Democrats
Cecilia Wikström (ALDE), Member of the European Parliament:

Centre Right
Maria Spyraki (EPP), Member of the European Parliament:

Conservatives
Ralph Packet (ECR), Member of the European Parliament:

Eurosceptics
Eleonora Evi (EFDD), Member of the European Parliament:

IMAGE CREDITS: (cc) Flickr – European Parliament; PORTRAIT CREDITS: Carthy (cc) Flickr – Sinn Féin


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  1. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    “Who will you vote for?” Sorry, but what an indiscreet & inappropriate question!

    Is it not yet broad public knowledge that the 5 yearly reoccurring political choice to make a cross on the ballot paper is the secrete prerogative of every registered voter?

    This choice has to be executed on Election Day by making an appropriate cross for the political party of ones choice and not by broadcasting same all over the world!

    Further, it has/should be done without influence by anybody, without being observed by anybody and done personally!

  2. avatar
    Chris

    Independant candidate who will fight the greedy capitalists in Europe.

  3. avatar
    Zoran

    who will work for all if any will

    • avatar
      Nathalie

      This is what Europe is also doing for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsLXRV5ldI
      Marine le pen and the fn have one of the most important absenteeism rates in the European Parliament….

  4. avatar
    Maria

    There is no far right in Portugal. Only Socialists, and extreme Left. But I will vote the new Liberal Iniciative. Leftists and Macron are ruinning EU.

  5. avatar
    Vasilis

    Still not sure…..liberals I think…

  6. avatar
    Róbert

    ECR or a conservative independent.

    • avatar
      Nathalie

      Why? didn’t you see what happened in Austria ? Strache, the Leader of the extreme right in government who was supposed to fight corruption was in fact interested in accepting dirty Russian money in exchange of easier access to power. Come on I agree Europe has its weakness, but these are institutions that can be improved. Destroying the project by voting extreme won’t protect you…look at this you might find something interesting ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsLXRV5ldI

  7. avatar
    Philippe

    Let’s get out of the eu very fast!

  8. avatar
    Yvette

    Difficult question. Everyone has been working on national themes and very little on European themes.

  9. avatar
    Ivo

    Are the britisch liberal democrats also in the aldegroup ?And those labourflipfloppers in the European socialist group?

  10. avatar
    Andy

    It already started . The Uk 🇬🇧 were voting today

  11. avatar
    Eric

    All for the money. Nothing to relocate d anything else

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