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At its second November plenary session, Parliament is expected to vote on an own-initiative report taking stock of the May 2019 European elections, the ninth direct elections to the European Parliament since the first ones in 1979, and of the subsequent appointment of the College of Commissioners. This report makes concrete proposals to strengthen the electoral process and enhance its European dimension.

The concept of participation lies at the heart of the European project, however recent years have seen a decrease in electoral turnout in contrast to the broader feelings of EU citizens of being part of a wider project promoting prosperity, social cohesion, unity and tolerance. Participation differs among different groups, and among the most explored is the gender gap in political participation, even though progress has been achieved over the years. Nowadays many European citizens show an increasing ...

The European Parliament has long sought to ensure that, by voting in European elections, European citizens not only elect the Parliament itself, but also have a say over who would head the EU executive – the European Commission. What became known as the 'Spitzenkandidaten process' is a procedure whereby European political parties, ahead of European elections, appoint lead candidates for the role of Commission President, with the presidency of the Commission then going to the candidate of the political ...

Esta nota informativa, publicada por el Servicio de Estudios del Parlamento Europeo, tiene por objeto presentar datos y cifras clave sobre el Parlamento Europeo, tanto de la legislatura actual (2014-2019), que va llegando a su fin, como de las siete anteriores, desde que en junio de 1979 se introdujeran las elecciones directas.

The forthcoming mid-term elections in the United States, to be held on 6 November 2018, are likely to offer a closely watched political verdict on the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency. They will define not only the composition of the 116th US Congress, to meet from 3 January 2019 to 3 January 2021, but also the power balance both within Congress and between Congress and the President. In US mid-term elections, the entire House of Representatives and one third of the Senate are up for ...

Esta nota informativa, publicada por el Servicio de Estudios del Parlamento Europeo, tiene por objeto presentar datos y cifras clave sobre el Parlamento Europeo, tanto de la legislatura actual (2014-2019), como de las siete anteriores, desde que en junio de 1979 se introdujeran las elecciones directas. En las siguientes páginas encontrará gráficos de varios tipos que: • ilustran la composición del Parlamento Europeo en la actualidad y en el pasado; • plasman el aumento del número de partidos representados ...

On 18 March 2018, Russians will elect the president who will govern their country for the next six years. Incumbent, Vladimir Putin is firmly on track to win, with approval ratings that have stayed above 80 % since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russians see him as a strong president, who has brought order to the country and restored its great power status. They are worried about the economy, poverty and corruption, but these problems, though partly blamed on Putin, have barely dented ...

Esta nota informativa, publicada por el Servicio de Estudios del Parlamento Europeo, tiene por objeto presentar datos y cifras clave sobre el Parlamento Europeo, tanto de la legislatura actual (2014-2019), como de las siete anteriores, desde que en junio de 1979 se introdujeran las elecciones directas. En las siguientes páginas encontrará gráficos de varios tipos que: • ilustran la composición del Parlamento Europeo en la actualidad y en el pasado; • plasman el aumento del número de partidos representados ...

Esta nota informativa, publicada por el Servicio de Estudios del Parlamento Europeo, tiene por objeto presentar datos y cifras clave sobre el Parlamento Europeo, tanto de la legislatura actual como de las anteriores, desde que en junio de 1979 se introdujeran las elecciones directas. En las siguientes páginas encontrará gráficos de varios tipos que: • ilustran la composición del Parlamento Europeo en la actualidad y en el pasado; • plasman el aumento del número de partidos representados en el Parlamento ...

This document provides a second update of the Review of European and National Elections, published in November 2014 by the Public Opinion Monitoring Unit of DG Communication.  The Review was dedicated to the results of the European elections of May 2014 and to the history of 35 years of direct elections to the European Parliament since 1979, as well as to the different national elections. This latest edition addresses the changes in the European Parliament since the first update, published in July ...