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The Debating Europe Vote 2014 was launched in April 2013. Over the course of thirteen months, we encouraged our readers to decide who they wanted to support in the European Parliament elections in May 2014. We hosted a series of video interviews and debates with MEPs and national politicians from the various European political parties, answering user comments and questions and discussing the issues that citizens wanted to talk about. To help voters make up their minds, we invited hundreds of MEPs and national politicians to explain why they thought their party deserved the citizens’ vote – giving readers the chance to hear all sides of the political debate before casting their ballot. In the run-up to the elections, we put together a series of online debates looking in detail at the European Parliament elections, the policies and priorities of the various political parties and the candidates they were putting forward for EU Commission President.

Road to the elections

Debating the impact of the European Parliament elections, voter turnout, the rise of extremism, and much more!

Who are the presidential candidates?

We profiled six of the candidates put forward for the next EU Commission President.

Get to know the parties

We looked at each of the manifestos published by the parties in the European Parliament and highlighted some of the key points from each.
Ask the candidates! – In the final days of the election campaign, Debating Europe put a series of questions to the candidates for EU Commission President and published their video responses.
   
We also took hundreds of video questions and comments to MEPs and national politicians in a series of student-led online debates involving schools and colleges across each EU member state as part of our “Debating Europe Schools” initiative. Each reader had a single vote which they could cast for any of the political ideologies in the European Parliament. By the end of the project, 19,165 people had taken part.

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