A blog on (issues variously related to) EU and the elections of the European Parliament.
In less than two months, the European elections will take place. However, for most European citizens, this electoral moment feels very blurry and unclear. This applies not only to how this election works in practice, but also to the repercussions of the electoral outcome on our day-to-day lives. In fact, in an era of great distrust in representative democracy and of pervasive anti-Europeanism in politics and society at large, European elections are at risk of populism and disinterest.
The low turnout of voters that showed up five years ago at European elections (42%) is just one of the symptoms of the crisis that the European Union (EU) was experiencing back then and that is still more than topical nowadays. European Union is in trouble. Everyone is familiar with expressions such as “financial crisis” or “Brexit”, but less with the real meaning of these concepts.
That is why we need to have a clear and comprehensive debate on what is going on in the EU right now.
This blog wants to shed light on some of the most relevant issues for the future of the European Union – intended as a whole but also as the sum of 28 (or 27) different countries –, contributing to the construction of a conscious and informed public opinion.
Given the EU’s motto, “United in diversity”, and the idea of the EU as a supranational entity made of different cultures, traditions and languages, EUreka! will address not only issues directly related to the electoral campaigns, the political candidates and their political agendas, but will also try to bring out stories and interdisciplinary aspects otherwise neglected in the general discussion on European elections.