Election Day in Europe!

It's the final day of the Elections for the European Parliament.

Final results will be found here as well as in Wikipedia, by 22:00 CET, the estimates will be available by 21:00.

According to CNN a "Euro barometer" poll conducted last month found that only a third of potential voters intended to use their mandate, suggesting that participation could be even lower than the 45 percent turnout in 2004.

European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering considers urged all citizens to use their vote to "support those parties that are in favour of European integration and that are committed to our European values."

For a better understanding, the names of the parties are:

- the EPP, the European People's Party (conservative)
- PES, the Party of European Socialists
- ALDE, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
- the GREENS-EFA, (European Free Alliance)
- EUL-NGL, European United Left–Nordic Green Left
- ID, the Indepence Democracy Group
- the UEN, the Union for a Europe of Nations
- a range of smaller parties.

There's a time-machine covering the years from 1979 to 2009

1 comment:

Friko said...

I'm afraid very few here in the UK are at all interested in Europe. I was watching the talkshow west.art on German TV this morning which was about Europe and Europeans. Very illuminating. A historian called Blom was one of the guests; He lives and works in Vienna. I very much admired what he had to say, although I found him a bit unrealistic in his vision for Europe.
I try to catch west.art on Sunday mornings whenever I can.

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