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New Presidents, New Sound and New Confidence?

New Presidents, New Sound and New Confidence? ec Editorial TAX REVIEW 2015­1 Henk van Arendonk* It is now a year since I wrote the editorial on the European Parliament's May 2014 elections for this journal's 2014-1 edition. My view then was that EU citizens had the right to have their European voices heard, but that European politicians would only pick up the signals if enough voters actually chose to exercise that right. The turnout at these latest European elections was marginally lower than in 2009 (but has fallen from 61.99% at the first elections in 1979 to 42.54% now). In itself, that is not actually a bad turnout, given the years of crisis that we in Europe have been going through. A less favourable development, however, is the fact that quite some votes were cast for anti-European parties, and that surely must send a signal to the parties of the European political establishment. What does this all mean for the European Parliament's position in the European political arena? The new European Parliament immediately bared its teeth by making it clear to the European Council that the leader of the largest fraction in the Parliament had to be appointed President of the European Commission. But that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png EC Tax Review Kluwer Law International

New Presidents, New Sound and New Confidence?

EC Tax Review , Volume 24 (1) – Feb 1, 2015

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ec Editorial TAX REVIEW 2015­1 Henk van Arendonk* It is now a year since I wrote the editorial on the European Parliament's May 2014 elections for this journal's 2014-1 edition. My view then was that EU citizens had the right to have their European voices heard, but that European politicians would only pick up the signals if enough voters actually chose to exercise that right. The turnout at these latest European elections was marginally lower than in 2009 (but has fallen from 61.99% at the first elections in 1979 to 42.54% now). In itself, that is not actually a bad turnout, given the years of crisis that we in Europe have been going through. A less favourable development, however, is the fact that quite some votes were cast for anti-European parties, and that surely must send a signal to the parties of the European political establishment. What does this all mean for the European Parliament's position in the European political arena? The new European Parliament immediately bared its teeth by making it clear to the European Council that the leader of the largest fraction in the Parliament had to be appointed President of the European Commission. But that

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Published: Feb 1, 2015

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