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Debate between Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz

The candidates of the two main European political groups (EPP and PES) running for the presidency of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz debated during the first face to face TV show on 9th April 2014 organised by the TV Channel 24 and RFI radio. The two men admitted that the crisis was not over, that budgetary discipline was necessary, that one of the priorities had to be youth employment, that credit access had to be facilitated to PME’s and that Europe should fight to counter illegal immigration.

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In Poland, security becomes the leading topic for European elections

The Ukrainian crisis leads the party of the Polish Prime minister Donal Tusjk, the Civic Platform (PO) to direct its campaign for European elections towards the topic of national security. “Tusk puts forward the question of the security of Poland, settled within a strong and united Europe”, says the political analyst Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski. This strategy seems to benefit the PO, which has seen its prospects improve in polls compared to its contender, the Law and Justice party (PiS). In a country where minds are still remembering half a century of soviet occupation, the advantages of such a strategy are so important that Eryk Mistewicz declared to the French AFP: “The most complicate and difficult the situation in Ukraine, the better the PO result will be”.

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«The Europeans» present their project for the 2014 European elections

On 9th April the “Europeans” – the name of the list presented by the UDI/Modem presented their project for the European elections 2014. The project focuses on three main themes: firstly employment, based on an industrial innovation strategy, convergence at 18, a European apprenticeship contract and a European ecological revolution; then the protection of partnerships with African countries via border management and immigration, the protection of public freedom and the development of diplomatic and military intervention capabilities; finally democracy with the election of a President of the European Union by direct universal suffrage, the strengthening of citizen participation and the end of political enlargement.

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Breaking with and refounding Europe, the Left Front’s programme for the European elections

On 8th April 2014 the Left Front came to an agreement on the European elections and adopted a programme “Breaking with and refounding Europe”. The Left Front notably comprises the Left Party led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the French Communist Party (PCF). The Left Party and the Communist Party each have three lead candidates, the Left Front has one. Jean-Luc Mélenchon will be the lead candidate in the South West, Corinne Morel-Darleux (PG) in the Centre and Gabriel Amard (PG) in the East. The lead candidates will meet on 11th April with Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greek far left party SYRIZA and candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission during a meeting to launch the European campaign.

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The European Parliament elections are a decisive moment for European citizens who want to play a role in the running of the European Union. Discover in one click the main reasons why you should vote!