Campaigning to encourage voting in the European Parliament elections is a waste of time and money when compulsory voting could be applied. As a dual citizen (Polish and Australian) I am often fascinated how certain political systems work in some nations and not in others. With less than five months to go until the elections, […]
In our previous post, we argued that as the European Parliament has received a considerable amount of new powers and in order to give it a thorough democratic legitimacy, we all should go out and vote in the upcoming European elections of 2014. In this blog post, we will put the argument forward that voting is also important as it appears to be that this time, your vote will (re)shape the Europeans political landscape.
In our previous article, we have seen that voting for the EP’s elections didn’t make that much of a difference for the last three decades and a half, as the EU lacks accountability and a proper democratic representation (system). Why then, should we go out and vote this time?
With the introduction of direct elections of the European Parliament in 1979, the EU governments believed that the EU (or European communities back at the time) would become more ‘democratic’ and the EP the ‘legitimate’ representation of the European citizens’ voice. Unfortunately, three and a half decades later this still isn’t quite the case.