May 24, 2019
Tens of millions of citizens of the European Union will choose 751 members of the European Parliament by the end of this week. The first countries to vote on Thursday were the U.K. and the Netherlands. On Friday, Ireland and the Czech Republic will vote as well.
On Saturday, Latvia, Slovakia, and Malta are expected to vote and on Sunday, the rest of the EU will do so. There are around 400 million eligible voters, although the turnout is only expected to be around 40%.
Typically, the parliament has been regarded as unimportant in the EU’s hierarchy of power, yet this time around things have changed. In 2014, a liberal parliament was elected, one that was pan-European and naïve. However, this time around it will be radically different. In the five years that have passed since the previous elections, Europe has experienced a series of jolts and crises that stem from the same issue: immigration.