Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Romania on 26 May 2019.
Polls suggested the ruling centre-left PSD could lose many of its votes, while its main opposition party PNL gained support in the month before the election, which could lead to a close tie to become the strongest force between both parties. Former Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș, who headed the anti-corruption social liberal Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) formed an alliance with the existing liberal anti-corruption party USR. Centre-right parties UDMR and PMP had chances to snatch a few MEP seats each if they passed the 5% electoral threshold.
The electoral campaign mainly focused on domestic concerns, but also an anti-Brussels rhetoric gained ground in the month before the election.
According to the preliminary results, ruling Social Democratic Party PSD came second at 22,56% and scored its weakest result in a decade. The party was dogged by controversy over its proposed justice reforms, with both the opposition and Brussels say it would weaken the fight against corruption in Romania. The positioning of the PSD in the European Parliament was uncertain after the Party of European Socialists froze relations with the party in April.
The main opposition party PNL, which belongs to the European People's Party, became the strongest force with around 26, 99%, while USR-PLUS won 22,28% of the vote, according to the preliminary results. These results suggested, that UDMR gained 5,76% and PMP 5,76% of the votes. Pro-Romania, the party of former PSD prime minister Victor Ponta, is set to have won about 6,76% of the votes.
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Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Romania
Politico: 2019 European Elections Romania
EurActiv, 04/01/2019: EU country briefing: Romania
LSE: Europp Blog, 29/01/2019: European Parliament election preview: Romania’s EU elections will be a battleground for reformist forces
Romania Insider, 18/04/2019: European elections 2019: Who will Romania send to the European Parliament?
Deutsche Welle, 05/05/2019: Opinion: European Socialists struggle with black sheep Romania
Balkan Insight, 23/05/2019: Romanian Parties Hunt for Votes in Moldova
EurActive, 23/05/2019: #EU2019 – Romania: The referendum and the EU isolation threat
The New Federalist, 25/05/2019: A shift of power: Romania’s European Renaissance?
France24, 28/05/2019: 2019 European elections Official Results Romania
Romania Insider, 14/01/2019: Romania’s former technocrat PM Dacian Ciolos will run in the next EP elections
Politico, 13/03/2019: Romania’s rulers take Euroskeptic turn
EurActiv, 03/04/2019: Victor Ponta: The ruling PSD in Romania is becoming like Fidesz
Euronews, 16/05/2019: European Parliament elections 2019: The bid to get the youth vote out in Romania
Euractiv, 21/05/2019: EU socialists say Romania’s Victor Ponta is ‘fully unreliable’
Reuters, 26/05/2019: Romanians punish ruling party in anti-graft referendum, EU poll
EurActiv, 27/05/2019: Romanian ruling social-democrats suffer heavy loss
Euronews, 27/05/2019: Angry Romanians protest after being denied European vote
EurActiv, 28/05/2019: The Romanian diaspora – a force to be reckoned with
European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Romania
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European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections