The European elections, a “media showcase” for the “small lists” | EUROtoday

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A poster of the Europe Esperanto democracy list, for the 2019 campaign.

This is a golden alternative to get individuals speaking about them. Behind the headliners of the key events, who mobilize media consideration, a slew of actions, typically unknown to most people, are looking for a spot within the marketing campaign for the European elections on June 9. While thirty-four lists had participated within the earlier election, in 2019, round thirty are anticipated this time. Their actual quantity might be recognized on the finish of the interval for his or her submission to the Ministry of the Interior, which runs from May 6 to 17.

The phrases of registration for the European elections make these elections notably enticing for “small parties”. Because in contrast to different elections – just like the presidential election, for instance, the place candidates should gather 500 signatures from elected officers – no sponsorship is critical. According to Rémi Lefebvre, professor of political science on the University of Lille, this makes it doable to supply “a media showcase” to teams which might be much less accustomed to nationwide elections, permitting them to place ahead their concepts or their particular causes.

This is what the marketing campaign of the French part of the Europe Democracy Esperanto celebration is all about. For this pro-European motion which needs to have Esperanto adopted as a standard language throughout the continent, the purpose is above all to make this transnational language recognized. “As long as we generate interest, the objective is met”observes her head of the record, Laure Patas d'Illiers, conscious that her celebration has nearly no probability of profitable a MEP seat.

Glass ceiling

But not all of the “small lists” come to the Europeans to make up the numbers. Equinoxe, created in 2021, has far more ambitions. The very younger formation, which claims an ecological line “radical but not dogmatic”intends to win seats within the European Parliament on the night of June 9. “We are not entering this race just to show offsays the head of the list, Marine Cholley. We are going there with a solid program and a lot of seriousness to achieve a result. »

Marine Cholley is nevertheless aware of this: for training courses like hers, the glass ceiling is very real. In France, where a minimum threshold of 5% must be reached to obtain a seat in the European Parliament, voters may be tempted to avoid less high-profile candidates. In 2019, 19.7% of votes were cast in favor of lists which failed to exceed this threshold. Votes which thus had no influence on the election of 79 French MEPs (out of 705 in total), or 4.5 million ballots slipped “for nothing” into the poll containers. An aberration for Marine Cholley, who envies the German system, the place it’s not essential to attain a minimal rating to win a seat in Strasbourg. ” With [notre] system, the voice of a French citizen counts lower than that of a German citizen”she laments.

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