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Studium Generale | EU Debate: Why Should You Vote? | Anja Haga, Raquel García Hermida-van der Walle, Sjoerd Wijnsma, Michiel Hoogeveen and more

When:Mo 27-05-2024 20:00 - 21:30
Where:Forum Groningen, Nieuwe Markt 1

Are you going to vote in the European Elections this year? Elections for the members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are held once every five years. In the Netherlands they will be held on Thursday 6 June.

Why should you vote? The European elections are important because they revolve around who will represent you in matters that are important to you. These MEPs, organised in pan-European political groups according to their political stance, decide on new legislation, agreements, and how your tax money is spent. This year, there is a lot at stake. In the years ahead, the EU has to make important decisions on complex issues such as climate change, migration, and the war in Ukraine. But Europe is more divided than ever. Across Europe the far right is rising. The right-wing populists are running election campaigns for their own nation states, and against a united Europe and its core values. The polls predict that they could pick up a quarter of seats in the European Parliament. How will a shift to the right affect the future of the EU? Is it still possible to make EU policy… in a divided and contested Europe?

In the run-up to the European elections, we challenge candidates for the different political parties in the European Parliament to explain and discuss their positions on these crucial issues. 

This event is organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Forum Groningen.