German court boosts small parties’ chances in European Parliament [Germany and the European elections 2014]

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Series Details 26.02.14
Publication Date 26/02/2014
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Feature looks at the situation in Germany as regards the campaign for the elections to the European Parliament held in May 2014.

On the 26 February 2014, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe announced the end to a restriction clause that said political parties need at least 3 percent of the vote to enter the European Parliament. This move might benefit fringe parties against the mainstream political forces.

Top candidates from Germany's five leading political parties met for a debate in Berlin on the 17 March 2014, to prove that 'this time it really is different' in the European elections.

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