Election Heats Up

The two main political groupings, whose candidates are eyeing up the role of President of the EU Commission, engaged in an election battle across Europe. Both have given their views on what makes them the best candidate for the job. The Lisbon Treaty suggests that the candidate from the party grouping which has the greatest …

EU Tested On World Stage

Has the European Union over played its hand? It seems that when soft encouragement was given to those in Ukraine, who favoured closer ties with the EU, no end game was considered. The Ukraine government fell and was replaced without elections. Russia reacted and so Ukraine is divided. It was clear from the start of …

EU Contenders Must Engage

What impact will the EU Lead Candidates have during the May Elections? The idea that vitality and energy would be introduced to the campaign by the European Groupings fielding a single candidate to front their campaigns, may not quite work out in practice. There are five main groups putting forward their chosen candidate to front …

Can Juncker Deliver?

I was pleased to meet Lucinda Creighton TD when I attended the European People’s Party (EPP) congress, which was held in Dublin last week. The purpose of the congress was to select that party’s nominee for the position of President of the EU Commission. Lucinda was there in her capacity as a Vice President of …

Is The EU Ready To Be A World Player?

This week, the EPP Election Congress will be held in the Conference Centre here in Dublin. Here they will select their front runner for the position of Commission President. The leading contenders are former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, French EU Commissioner, Michel Barnier and former Latvian Premier, Valdis Dombrovskis. The winner of this …

Want To Be An EU Film Star?

The European Movement have introduced a 32 county initiative to engage with young people and encourage their participation in promoting the value of Europe to their generation. The initiative seeks people under twenty five from across the 32 counties to come together to create a high quality video which they hope will go viral. So …

Internet Used to Pick Green’s First Team

The Greens decided to select two main candidates to front their European Election campaign. In an attempt to get engagement with the electorate, the Green Party conducted their selection process for these lead candidates by using the internet. Not only innovative, but they also opened the voting up not just to all their members, but …

Talk To Us Europe

Europe plays an ever increasing role in how its member states conduct their business. Many countries have expressed concern at the lack of interaction with their home parliament. The former Austrian Europe Minister is quoted as saying that national parliaments had a crucial role to play in the development of the EU. There is a …

Your Vote Will Shape Europe

When Election Day in May arrives you will have the opportunity to vote in both Local Authority and European elections. In Dublin, the European electorate will elect three MEPs. Every person who is an EU citizen is entitled to vote, either in their home country or in the country in which they reside. They need …

Can Ireland Hold Europe Together?

Following the forthcoming European Elections next May, there will be three big jobs to be filled in the EU. The European Parties have agreed in accord with the provision of the Lisbon Treaty that they will each present a lead candidate to the European electorate. That based on the result the Council of Ministers (All …