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IDM Policy Paper Series

The IDM Policy Paper Series (IDM PPS) regularly addresses current political issues with a focus on the Danube region, Central and Southeastern Europe. Renowned authors develop policy solutions (PS) that are aimed at decision-makers, experts, journalists and the interested public. The aim of these is to describe a problem and to point out concrete solutions with a maximum of 12,000 characters. Finally, further information can be provided for in-depth study (PPS). The editorial team selects the topics and determines the authors. Although the contents are edited for clarity, the policy solutions reflect only the opinion of the authors. The IDM PPS is available open-access and barrier-free.

IDM Policy Paper Series 2/2019

IDM Policy Paper Series 2/2019

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Europe, mind the gaps! Ein Appell zur Schließung politischer und sozialer Gräben

Europe, mind the gaps! A call for reducing social and political cleavages

Daniela Neubacher

[English version below]

Gestärkt von der höchsten Wahlbeteiligung bei EU-Parlamentswahlen seit 20 Jahren, könnte die Europäische Union die nötige Dynamik für einen tiefgreifenden Reformprozess gewinnen. 50,8 Prozent der EU-WählerInnen haben mit ihren Stimmen gezeigt, dass sie die EU-Institutionen und ihre RepräsentantInnen ernst nehmen. Auch wenn entgegen den Voraussagen die Wahl nicht so verheerend ausging und sich proeuropäische Parteien weiterhin im Parlament behaupten können, wäre es ein schwerwiegender Fehler, die regionalen und lokalen Subtexte der Ergebnisse zu ignorieren.

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With the results of the 2019 EU elections and the highest voter turnout in 20 years, the European Union may regain momentum for a profound reform process. By casting their votes, 50.8 percent of EU citizens eligible to vote proved to take both EU representatives and EU institutions seriously. Although the completed elections were not as concussive as predicted and pro-EU parties hold ground in the parliament, it would be a grave mistake to take this outcome for granted. In fact, it is time to analyse the subtexts of regional and local results that expose a variety of worrying grievances and urgent calls for action.

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