Europe votes: what should you know?

May 15, 2014

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The European Parliament building in Brussels.
Credit European Parliament / Audiovisual Services for Media

You’re probably well aware that every country has a parliament or a legislature of some sort. But, did you know that Europe, as a whole, also has its own parliament? The European Parliament is part of the European Union, and next week, people in EU member states will go to the polls to elect their representatives. We preview the upcoming elections, talk about the potential rise of more far-right parties making a name on the European stage, and walk you through how the European Parliament works.

Our guests:

  • Gareth Harding, a Brussels-based journalist who also heads the University of Missouri’s Brussels Program
  • Derek Beach, an associate professor of political science and government at Aarhus University