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Election is coming... To vote or not to vote?

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2013-11-22

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Inter Alia is carrying out a 3-phased project about the attitudes toward voting / not-voting in European elections.


Phase 1: 15 March – 30 June, 2013

Pan-European open call for opinions. See selected opinions below and read the full collection HERE


Phase 2: “The EU in Your Eyes” (15 October – 31 December, 2013)

A survey based on the findings of the 1st phase, designed in order to provide a quantitative snapshot on Europeans’ views and concerns about upcoming elections.

Fill in the survey and become part of our endeavour! It takes not more than 5min! Click HERE!


Phase 3: “Building Bridges” (15 November, 2013 – 30 May, 2014)

Is about ACTION. Inter Alia will carry out a campaign to inform high-school students, eligible to vote in the upcoming elections, about the issues and challenges highlighted by the previous phases of the project.

If you are a school and want to be visited by INTER ALIA team in the framework of the project, contact us at info@interaliaproject.com

 

Collection of Opinions

The first election for European Parliament representatives since the EU entered the current multilevel crisis is upon us.


For practical reasons, the May 2014 EP elections are the most important in EU’s history. The European Parliament has been given more powers including the election of the President of the Commission and has become increasingly definitive for EU policy making.


The 2014 EP elections are taking place in an awkward political framework. The lack of convincing EU answers to the European crisis has led to the rise of anti-EU tendencies. Both voting and not voting could make good sense and, in the present context, can be persuasively defended.


This collection does not aim at bringing together a series of rationalizations. It is about ACTION. Vote or no vote? For what reasons? Democratic values, ideology, partisanship, habit, apathy, frustration, distrust?


This collection is the outcome of an open call towards all EU citizens with no restriction whatsoever to age, education level or occupation. This is what Europeans had to say.


Editor’s note: As incorrect English is an integral part of this European Union of ours we deemed it better to let mistakes be as a form of celebrating our imperfections and differences (hoping that native speakers will not be too frustrated).

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