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Paris, 15 October 2013 – European elections 2014 : between abstention and populisms?

13/10/2013
 
Our director Yves Bertoncini speaks at the conference organised by the "Jeunes européens" of Sciences Po Paris on the theme "European elections 2014 : between abstention and populisms?"
Our director Yves Bertoncini speaks on the 15th of october 2013 at the conference organised by  “Les Jeunes européens” of Sciences Po Paris on the theme “European elections 2014 : between abstention and populisms?”
He speaks together with :
– Fabien Cazenave, blogger;
– Pascal Perrineau, professor at Sciences Po and director of the CEVIPOF, chairman of the debate;
«The European Union should get prepared for the « chaos » after the 2014 elections following the unexpected victories of protest and eurosceptic parties » declared last May Graham Watson, leader of the British Liberal at the European Parliament.

Will the rise of populist and eurosceptic parties be as striking as Graham Watson predicts it ? While a high level of abstention seems to be almost certain (around 60% in France according to recent polls, the Front National could reach 20% of the votes, and the extremist parties are in good shape in most of the European countries.
To fight against the rise of populism and stimulate the voters, the European Parliament stresses that : « This time it’s different – Act. React. Impact ». The European political parties insist on the personalization of the election by appointing a common candidate for the presidency of the Commission. Will this be enough to convince the citizens to believe again in the European project?

This conference takes place in Paris, 13, rue de l’université, in the amphitheatre Jean Moulin of Sciences Po.