European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019

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Elections for the European Parliament were scheduled to be held on 23-26 May 2019. Voters from across the European Union are called to elect 705 (or 751) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

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This election is affected by amendments to the Electoral Act, which include new provisions on 'double voting', voting in third countries, different voting methods, and the visibility of European political parties in the Member States. While a Decision on the composition of the European Parliament determined the election of a lower number of MEPs, this was suspended due to the United Kingdom's participation in the European Parliament election as a result of the extension granted to the Article 50 process.

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Following the elections held across the European Union, the European People's Party (EPP) and the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) groups in the European Parliament suffered the heaviest losses, against the gains performed by the Liberals and the Greens. The far-right political groups also registered gains in some countries, although far from the expected breakthrough.

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Bloomberg, 14/02/2019: EU Elections: Has Populism Peaked?
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The Economist, 26/05/2019: Populists fall short of expectations in the European elections
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ECFR: Commentary, 29/05/2019: The end of monogamy in Europe?
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The Economist, 30/05/2019: Fragmentation comes to the European Parliament. It might improve it
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EurActiv, 04/06/2019: How strong is right-wing populism after the European elections?
Robert Schuman Foundation: European Elections Monitor, 11/06/2019: The rise of the populists contained by the ground taken by the Liberals and Ecologists in the European elections
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The Guardian: European parliamentary elections 2019
EurActiv, 27/05/2019: Six different scenarios for European Parliament alliances
The Conversation, 29/05/2019: What Green surge could mean for the new European Parliament

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Website: European Elections 2019

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ALDE Party Congress, Madrid, 8-10 November 2018
European Greens’ Council, 23-25 November 2018
Decision (EU, Euratom) 2018/994 amending the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, annexed to Council Decision 76/787/ECSC, EEC, Euratom
Decision (EU) 2018/937 establishing the composition of the European Parliament

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