Anna van Densky On Sunday May 26 Europeans vote in an election expected to further erode traditional Eurocentric parties and boost the nationalist movements across the continent, resulting in a drastically different and difficult composition of the European Parliament – once a champion of compromise, – effecting the entire range of politics. (Image above: European Parliament, Strasbourg).
Polls opened at 7 A.M. (0400 GMT) in the east of Europe and will finally close at 11 P.M. (2100 GMT) in Italy. Seven states have already voted, with 21 joining in on Sunday in what is the world’s biggest democratic exercise after India.
Many feel it is odd, that three years after the referendum, Britonsare back to the European Parliament, and there are certain fears, that the entire EU political agenda will be “hijacked” by Brexit.
However it is universally understood, that after Brexitthe EUproject will never be the same. Departure of the oldest European parliamentary democracy feels like an amputation.
EU in transit. Tempora mutantur – times are changed, we also are changed with them.
The EU institutions and the International Press Association (API/IPA) paid tribute to two reporters, victims of the #Strasbourg terrorist attack.
The European Parliament offers its deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of Antonio Megalizzi and Bartosz Orent-Niedzielski. In Tuesday’s attack in Strasbourg we lost two young journalists who worked for Europe for many years. pic.twitter.com/wDiEIhM31U
“Border guards are saying that leaving is forbidden for me. There is some kind of letter that says I am prohibited from leaving, but there is no explanation why,” Navalny tweeted. The politician learnt about the ban to leave Russia while boarding a flight to Frankfurtand and from there further to Strasbourg, where the European Court on Human Rights is expected to rule on whether his detentions this year were politically motivated. The ban of to leave Russia of the appellate will not lead to any change in ECHR scheduled hearing.
The ECHR will soon announce its ruling on whether or not my numerous detentions were politically motivated. Apparently, Putin's regime thinks than not letting me fly to Strasbourg to hear this ruling will change anything https://t.co/tKAdzI4D6E