Public Panel Discussion:
Democratic Breakthrough or Surge of Euroscepticism?
The 2014 European Parliament Elections
Thursday, May 29, 1230 - 230 pm
Donald Peterson Room, Suzzallo Library (4th floor)
Event is free and open to the public
Sponsored by the ʽGermany in Europeʼ Program
On 22-25 May 2014, citizens in the 28 Member States of the European Union will go to the polls to elect a new European Parliament. These elections raise ambiguous expectations: On the one hand, they are seen as a possible breakthrough for democratic politics in the EU. European parties have nominated candidates running for the office of EU Commission President who have appeared in public televised debates, turning the EP election into a more meaningful contest for an important political office for the first time. On the other, projections predict a surge of Eurosceptic and populist right parties such as the French Front National, UK Independence Party, the Hungarian Jobbik party or Dutch PVV who reject the idea of supranational integration and promote nationalistic and often xenophobic policies.
Against this background, a selection of renowned experts on party politics in Europe and European integration will discuss the results of the European Parliament elections and their implications for the future of European integration. Questions raised include the impact of the elections on decision-making in the EP, the balance of political parties in Europe, implications at the national level and expectations about the future of democracy in the European Union.
James Caporaso, Director of the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington
Kurt Huebner, University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Amir Abedi,
Western Washington University (Bellingham) Frank Wendler, University of Washington (Seattle) Magda Giurcanu, University of Florida (per videoconference)