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Presidential debate today at 19.00 pm in Euronews

A first of a kind 90 minutes debate between most of the nominees for the Commission's presidency will take place today, 28th April, from 7 p.m. in Maastricht. The debate, hosted by the City of Maastricht, Maastricht University, Connect Limburg and the European Youth Forum, will see the candidates for the presidency of the European Commission battle out key issues on the future of Europe. The debate will be held in front of an audience of 700 young people and broadcast live worldwide in 13 languages on Euronews.

The candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party) and Ska Keller from the European Green Party will answer questions from thousands of young people all over Europe. The candidates will then debate key issues such as unemployment, education and young people’s engagement in politics.

The debate, officially known as “The First European Presidential Debate”, is being organised by Maastricht University, the City of Maastricht, Connect Limburg, the European Youth Forum, and with Euronews as the main media partner. The theatre audience will be made up of international students, youth civil society, and young people from across Europe. The debate will focus on the issues that matter most to young Europeans like the economy, the future of the EU, the rise in skepticism of the EU project, immigration and European foreign policy. Questions will be gathered using a unique participatory process through collaboration between the University of Maastricht and the European Youth Forum/League of Young Voters.

The debate will be moderated by Euronews’ Isabelle Kumar, Chris Burns and Mark Davis. It will be available live through Euronews’ worldwide TV network (covering 415 million homes in 156 countries), simultaneously in 13 languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. The debate will also be streamed live on and on Euronews’ mobile apps.

The questions posed to candidates will be gathered using a participatory process: the University of Maastricht is gathering questions from students at universities in every EU Member State. Young people can also contribute their ideas for questions via the League of Young Voters website ( or through participating universities who will be contacting their students to request that they submit questions.

Questions could also be addressed via the twitter hash tag #EUdebate2014

Euronews streaming at 19:30 pm