Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 06/2014

The European Parliament: it has to do with you

May 2014

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations


« Things will be different this time! » This is but one of the slogans chosen by the European Parliament to persuade citizens to cast their ballot in the May 2014 elections. Is it anything but a slogan? It’s fair to say that the European Parliament elections matter more than those of national parliaments, because their outcome will affect the future of an entire continent. Indeed, more than ever the future of the Belgians and their children will be decided at the European level.