14 May 2019: European Elections – What Do the Experts Expect?

When and where?

  • Date: Tuesday 14 May 2019
  • Time: 16:15-17:30
  • Venue: Leiden University, Wijnhaven Building, Turfmarkt 99, 2511 DP The Hague, room 2.02.

European Elections – What Do the Experts Expect?

At the end of May, European elections will be held in the 28 Member States of the European Union. Despite low levels of turnout in the past, European issues are central in the news. Challenger parties on the (radical) right and left contest the dominant position of the Christian democrats, social democrats and liberals in the European parliament. Over the coming years, the Union will debate the potential for further integration, which is looking to become an increasingly polarised debate. And Brexit will shape European Parliament politics in the short term, with Britain having to organise EP elections due to the most recent Brexit delay, and in the longer term, when an important player leaves the field.

What can the experts tell us about European Union politics in recent years and in the years to come? The Centre for the Study of Political Parties and Representation (CSPRR) welcomes three key experts on European (parliament) politics, who will outline the most important developments:

  • Catherine de Vries, Professor of Political Behaviour in Europe, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Free University of Amsterdam
  • Antoaneta Dimitrova, Professor of Comparative Governance, Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University
  • Simon Otjes, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University

After short introductions by the panel, they will take questions from the audience. The discussion is moderated by Petr Kopecky and Tom Louwerse (co-directors CSPPR). After the debate, you are kindly invited for informal drinks offered by the CSPPR. This is a public event, all are welcome.