EU ELECTIONS: Centre-Right EPP Pulling Ahead of Centre-Left S&D

juncker-and-schultz-in-november-201312 May 2014, LPJ Croatia Issue 84

According to the polling data gathered and published by PollWatch2014 on 5 May, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) is clearly in the lead to win most of the seats in the 22-25 May elections for the European Parliament (EP).  PollWatch2014 is an initiative launched by the transparency organisation VoteWatch Europe and conducts regular monthly surveys, aggregating polling data from all 28 EU member states.

The data indicates the EPP will obtain up to 216 seats in the next EP, while their main political rival, the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group will gain up to 205 seats.  It will be a close race with the above political groups dominating the EP.  The parliament has 751 seats.  In regards to the other political groups, the poll predicts 63 seats for the liberal Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe (ALDE); the far-left European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) 49; the Greens/European Free Alliance (G/EFA) group 41; the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) 39 seats; and the far-right Europe of Freedom & Democracy (EFD) 39 seats.  The non-affiliates account for 99 seats.

The Lisbon Treaty provides that the EP shall elect the president of the European Commission (EC) on the basis of a proposal made by the European Council, taking into account the results of the European elections. This provision will apply for the first time for the 2014 elections…

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