Political leaders across Europe prepare for 2019 European Parliament elections

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Reports and analyses published in early 2019 as political leaders and parties in the European Union gear up for the European Parliament elections, scheduled to be held on 23-36 May.

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Much of the media and commentary features have focused on the meetings and attempts developed by populist and far-right political leaders to gather momentum ahead of the elections. The political cleavage on migration became salient as conservative and far-right leaders from Italy, Hungary and Poland sought to coordinate their narrative of 'closed doors' before the start of the official political campaign, as opposed to an 'open doors' approach led by France and Germany.

France's National Rally leader Marine Le Pen launched the party's campaign on 11 January 2019, urging the 'Yellow Vest' movement to turn the European election into a referendum on government policies. In Germany, the AfD party held a national meeting on the same day, in which a proposal to campaign for EU exit was approved unless their demands for reform are met.

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VoteWatch: Projection, 09.01.19: EP 2019: increasingly fragmented Parliament https://www.votewatch.eu/blog/ep-2019-increasingly-fragmented-parliament-fresh-projections/
Politico, 15.01.19: How the AfD could save the EU https://www.politico.eu/article/how-the-afd-could-save-the-eu/

EurActiv, 10.01.19: Salvini calls for ‘Italian-Polish axis’ to replace Paris-Berlin https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/salvini-calls-for-italian-polish-axis-to-replace-paris-berlin/
Politico, 10.01.19: Orbán says he ‘must fight’ Macron https://www.politico.eu/article/viktor-orban-says-he-must-fight-emmanuel-macron/
EurActiv, 11.01.19: Five Star Movement unveils plan to form EU Parliament group https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/five-star-movement-unveils-plan-to-form-eu-parliament-group/
Politico, 09.01.19: Matteo Salvini pledges ‘Italo-Polish axis’ after Warsaw talks https://www.politico.eu/article/matteo-salvini-jaroslaw-kaczynski-italy-poland-eu-pledges-italo-polish-axis-after-warsaw-talks/
EurActiv, 08.01.19: Austria in starting blocks for European elections campaign https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/austria-in-starting-blocks-for-european-elections-campaign/
The Guardian, 09.01.19: Matteo Salvini says Italy and Poland could build new Europe https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/09/matteo-salvini-says-italy-and-poland-could-build-new-europe
Deutsche Welle, 09.01.19: Italy's Matteo Salvini woos Poland's populists https://p.dw.com/p/3BHco
Politico, 08.01.19: The beginning of Elmar’s end https://www.politico.eu/article/elmar-brok-mep-the-beginning-of-end/
Reuters, 13.01.19: France's Le Pen launches EU campaign with appeal to 'yellow vests' https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1P70RK
Euronews, 13.01.19: Germany's far-right AfD will campaign 'Dexit if EU won't meet demands https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/13/germany-s-far-right-afd-will-campaign-dexit-if-eu-won-t-meet-demands
Deutsche Welle, 13.01.19: AfD demands radical EU reforms to avoid Germany's 'Dexit' https://p.dw.com/p/3BUGt
The Guardian, 13.01.19: AfD party votes to campaign for German exit from EU https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/13/afd-party-to-campaign-for-german-exit-from-european-union
EurActiv, 14.01.19: AfD party congress: Back to a ‘Europe of nations’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/afd-party-congress-back-to-a-europe-of-nations/

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Key Source: European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/

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