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The elections to the European Parliament begin this Thursday

The possibility of a far-right majority revives the fear of the resurgence of the fascist currents of the 20th century.

This Thursday, June 6, the elections to the parliament of the European Union (EU) begin, which will end on Sunday, June 9.

The elections will define the only one of the three institutions of the Union that have direct election and a large part of the lives of 448,4 million people who inhabit the community of nations from 2024 to 2029, with 343 million of them on the registers.

Qualified citizens of the 27 EU countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Countries Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden) will vote within their respective territories for their own candidates who will then join the rest of the MEPs in the same chamber.

In these elections, the 720 members of the European Parliament are elected. Each of the twenty-seven EU countries will elect a number of MEPs based on their population. These come together in transnational groups by ideological affiliation.

Although there are general criteria, each electoral college can establish its own rules. There are six Member States with a closed list system, two with a single transferable vote and the rest with a preferential vote. 23 of the total have a constituency within the country and the remaining four have multiple constituencies.

The elections would confirm the rightward shift of the European Parliament due to growing anti-immigrant and anti-Russian sentiment in the region. It is quite likely that there is a majority of right-wing deputies in the European Parliament.

Even so, the growth of the far-right will make greater European integration difficult. Those efforts could be further damaged if Donald Trump wins the November US election.

When will the results be known?

The results of the parliamentary elections will be known in the European early morning of June 10, in the evening of Venezuela on June 9. They can be followed through the official counting site.

Once the MEPs were elected, the names of the presidents of the Commission, the Council and the Parliament would only be known between the 27th and 28th of the same month.

The European Council, where the heads of state and prime ministers of the Union meet, must meet after the elections and propose a president. Parliament will then vote.

For this reason, the role of the population in the democracy of the European Union has been debated for years, as these are indirect elections that are later affected by the possible agreements of the parties.

sourceAgencies

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