The electorate in the EU's 28 member states go to the polls this May to vote for a new European parliament. It shares legislative powers with the European Council and holds limited budgetary powers.
The EP does not formally possess legislative initiative, and is often criticized for having little real power, as it can only approve or reject the Commission as a whole. The parliament has been elected since 1979, but voter turnout has fallen gradually across the 28 member states. This page is a collection of DW's latest content related to the 2019 European Parliament election.
This special edition focuses on next week's elections to the European Parliament, crucial to deciding what course the EU takes. Brussels is telling 400 million voters to "choose their future." We look at the politics, the parties and the people a week before the EU votes.
Britain will participate in the upcoming European Parliament elections as a result of parliament's failure to pass the Brexit withdrawal agreement. It means elected MEPs may only sit in the chambers in Brussels and Strasbourg for just a few months. Meanwhile, chief Brexiteer Nigel Farage's new party is leading the polls. Nik Martin has more on the continuing Brexit disarray from London.
Cyprus has been divided for more than 40 years between its Turkish and Greek Cypriot halves. The peace process has long been abandoned. But the European elections might help bring both sides closer together. For the first time, a Turkish Cypriot candidate is campaigning with a major Greek Cypriot party – and his chances of winning a seat in the European Parliament are high. Sira Thierij has more.
Greece's ruling Syriza party is heading for a major defeat in not only the European, but also local municipal elections, and that could even lead to snap national elections. Disgruntled voters are siding with the country's Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party which is expected to make solid gains in the polls. Anthee Carassava reports on one of Europe's most violent, far-right groups.
In Hungary, nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has led an intense anti-EU campaign in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, accusing Brussels of fueling immigration. Keith Walker speaks with DW's Hungary correspondent Stefan Bos in Budapest. He begins by asking Stefan how that has been impacting the election campaign in Hungary.
EU citizens head to the polls May 23-26 for elections to the European Parliament. Around 400 million people are eligible to vote for 751 MEPs who will serve for the next 5 years and help shape Europe's future. There's a lot at stake. But turnout to these elections is traditionally low. Why? Keith Walker puts that question to Ryan Heath, political editor at POLITICO Europe.
In France, far-right politician Marine Le Pen lost the presidential election two years ago, but she might get a better foothold in the upcoming European Parliament elections. The vote there seems to be shaping up as another showdown between Le Pen and centrist president Emmanuel Macron. Jake Cigainero has more from Paris.
One of the biggest challenges facing the EU is the rise of anti-establishment, right wing, EU skeptic parties. An example is Germany's Alternative for Germany or AfD. We head to Berlin where Natalie Carney has more on their election campaign for the European Parliament.
In Ireland, the upcoming European Parliament elections have failed to really capture the imagination. They're being held alongside a number of other polls — and that's led to some serious voter fatigue. For the candidates in these European polls, the big issue is Brexit. Sean Defoe reports from Dublin.
With just a week to go until European Parliament elections kick off, campaigns and candidates are in their final push to get people out to vote. But so are those dark forces who want to distort the results with disinformation, as Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.