The 2014 European Elections are now over. Europe has spoken and the final details are gradually added to the picture of the results. The political balance in the European Parliament, the political families the members belong to and the parliamentary groups, new and old, they will join or form is now emerging and will also be decisive in the choice of president of the European Commission.
What is very clear is that the long trend of falling participation in the vote has been reversed. As a percentage of the population, more Europeans than ever went to the polls to elect their representatives in what is one of the greatest exercises in parliamentary democracy worldwide.
As Parliament moves towards the first, constitutive, plenary Session starting July 1, political groups across the political spectrum will be at the centre of all debates. To be recognised as such, a group needs at least 25 members from seven EU countries. This not an easy obstacle to surmount but exists exactly to ensure that every group it is representative of a fair portion of European public opinion.
The existing groups, the European People’s Party, the Socialists and Democrats, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, the Greens, the United Left, the European Conservatives and Reformists and Europe of Freedom and Democracy may see their membership grow or drop, depending on the decisions of the elected members, they may split or be joined by one or more new groups, reflecting the particular political beliefs and aims of the members that will create them.
Furthermore, Parliament is now called upon to ensure that the will of the people, as reflected by its political balance, is also heard loud and clear by the governments, when as is their duty, they propose to the Parliament a candidate to the presidency of the European Commission, taking into account as the treaties foresee the result of the elections.
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