On May 23rd, a new European Parliament will be elected. Are you going to vote? Dr. Karolina Pomorska explains European politics and the issues at stake in these elections.
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The European Parliament is the only parliamentary institution of the EU that is directly elected by its citizens. However, the voter turnout is traditionally not very high – 2014 marking the lowest voter turnout to date (42.61% of all European voters). Connecting with voters is not the only challenge for the EU though: Brexit is about to take place, the transatlantic relationship has entered into a new phase and there are multiple security crises both in the East and South.
The EU is looking for ways to shore up its resilience, to provide security to its citizens and to make sure it remains a global player. Karolina Pomorska discusses the significance and dynamics of the European Parliament, while also addressing some internal and external challenges that the EU is likely to face.
Dr. Karolina Pomorska is a Jean Monnet Chair and assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. She is also an affiliated research fellow of the European Centre at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at University of Cambridge (UK).