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The Elections for the EU Parliament Promise Further Fragmentation

Feb 22, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
EU lawmakers take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session in February 2019. 

(FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Between May 23 and 26, every EU country will hold elections to appoint the members of the European Parliament for a five-year term. Representing more than 500 million EU citizens, the European Union’s supranational legislature plays a crucial role in shaping EU policy by approving legislation on a host of issues, including the budget, trade, immigration, energy and transportation. However, this year’s elections are expected to result in a fragmented EU parliament, which could have long-term implications for the bloc's policy direction at a time when it faces mounting political and economic uncertainty. ...

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