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Europe’s Non-European Elections

While European Union member states cooperate on issues like economic policy and climate change, the EU lacks a distinct political identity. Unless EU leaders are held accountable to European voters, the upcoming European Parliament elections are unlikely to cultivate a transnational space for pan-European policy debates.

VIENNA – The first-ever debate between the candidates for the European Commission’s presidency late last month failed to provide a compelling reason for Europeans to participate in June’s European Parliament elections. Instead, it exposed some inconvenient and embarrassing truths about the bloc’s political system.