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    EU Parliament Elections 2019

    Not long to go until I spoil my next ballot paper with more anti-EU graffiti

    Mind you, on this occasion I'm actually thinking of voting because I reckon Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party has a serious chance of winning!

    How are things shaping up in your country?

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    May I ask why you favor the Brexit Party over UKIP? Is it simply because you find Nigel Farage would prove more successful in driving Brexit home?
    A nation is an organic thing, historically defined.
    A wave of passionate energy which unites past, present and future generations

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    Well, I'll just vote strategically for whoever has the best chance of upsetting the cart.

    I only hope that these two parties don't split the Brexit vote and let the traitors off the hook!

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    The Euro subs who could become MEPs without being elected


    THE POTENTIAL REPLACEMENTS for the MEP candidates running in next week’s election include other candidates, former ministers and several spouses.



    In total, there are 59 candidates running for 13 seats across three constituencies in the Republic of Ireland.


    As part of the nominations process, candidates are required to submit a list of replacements should they resign from office or even die during their term.

    An example of this occurred in 2011 when Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party was elected to the Dáil and had to resign his Dublin MEP seat. His seat was taken by Paul Murphy, who was the first replacement on the Socialist Party’s replacement list in Dublin.

    Parties who are running a number of candidates in a constituency can submit a replacement list that applies to each of their candidates.

    So who is on the replacement lists in the three constituencies? Here are some notable names.


    Dublin

    In the capital, Barry Andrews’ three replacements are the Fianna Fáilers who he competed against to be the party’s nominee in Dublin. Namely, Mary Hanafin, Tiernan Brady and Conor Lenihan.


    For Fine Gael, candidates Mark Durkan and Frances Fitzgerald both feature on the replacement list should one not be elected. Also on the Fine Gael list are two members of the Oireachtas, Alan Farrell TD and Senator Neale Richmond.

    Sinn Féin’s list for Lynn Boylan includes two current members of the Oireachtas, Senators Máire Devine and Fintan Warfield as well as former Dublin mayor Míchéal MacDonncha.

    The Green Party’s list for candidate Ciarán Cuffe has five people, and includes sitting councillors such as Roderic O’Gorman and David Healy.

    Clare Daly of Independents 4 Change has five people including Micheál Kelliher, who is the first Deaf person to run for election in Ireland.

    For Gary Gannon and the Social Democrats, Councillor Cian O’Callaghan is the first person on a replacement list that also contains journalist Philip O’Connor, who had sought to run for the party.

    Senator Alice-Mary Higgins has three other Senators on her replacement list (Lynn Ruane, Frances Black and John Dolan) as well as Maynooth University academic Rory Hearne.

    Gemma O’Doherty’s replacement would be former MEP Kathy Sinnott, who is also listed as a replacement for Theresa Heaney and Liam Minehan in Ireland South.

    Speaking of…


    Ireland South

    In this constituency Fianna Fáil have two candidates, Malcolm Byrne and Billy Kelleher.

    They both feature on the party’s replacement list along with two members of the Oireachtas, John McGuinness TD and Senator Ned O’Sullivan.

    For Fine Gael, TDs Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy and Dara Murphy could also be co-opted to the European Parliament after both being listed as replacements.

    Former mayor of Kilkenny Malcolm Noonan is on the replacement list for Green Party candidate Grace O’Sullivan.

    Independent Paddy Fitzgerald has listed two subs, William Fitzgerald and Patrick Fitzgerald.

    He is one of numerous candidates to list relations as their replacement.


    Midlands North-West

    One such example is Peter Casey, who lists his wife Helen Casey as his first replacement.

    As a presidential candidate last year, Casey said he would nominate his wife to be on the Council of State and he has now nominated her to take his place as an MEP should he step down.

    TheJournal.ie has asked each candidate whether or not they will guarantee to sit their entire term or whether they may, for example, stand in Dáil elections when they happen.

    Casey has previously expressed an interest in running for the Dáil.


    Another candidate who may have general election intentions is Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, who was elected to an MEP seat in 2014 and is seeking re-election.

    Should he be elected and subsequently step down, Darren O’Rourke is top of his replacement list.

    O’Rourke is a councillor who is running in the local elections and has been campaigning alongside Carthy.



    Being a gombeen FFG politician in this country must be the best job in the world because despite running the country over a cliff, they’re just mad to be back for more. What can go wrong? Well, they can just do it again, and what’ll happen to them? They’ll just lose their jobs again and make off with more generous compensation packages and more massive unjustifiable political pensions. Who wouldn’t want more of that!

    journal.ieThe Euro subs who could become MEPs without being elected 14 May 2019.


    Nepotism and Cronyism that's politics everywhere today.

    Drain the Swamp.

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    Le Pen ahead of Macron in latest EU election polls

    Marine Le Pen’s National Rally is topping the polls, ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, less than three weeks away from European Parliament elections, Breitbart reports.

    An Ipsos poll last weekend places Le Pen’s populist-right party on 22 per cent, ahead of Macron’s progressive La République En Marche! which is at 21.5 per cent. In third place is the right-establishment Republicans at a distant 13.5 per cent.

    Two other recent polls also put Le Pen’s party in the lead: an Fop-Fiducial survey last Friday puts National Rally on 23 per cent, LREM on 21.5 per cent, and an OpinionWay poll published last Thursday puts the populists on 24 per cent followed by Macron’s party on 21 per cent.

    Populist, patriotic parties are expected to make major gains in the EU-wide parliamentary elections between May 23rd and 26th.

    The UK’s Brexit Party has been holding first place for a number of weeks and is maintaining a comfortable lead, the latest YouGov poll placing the Nigel Farage-founded party at 30 per cent, followed by Labour at 21 per cent, and the Tory Party at 13 per cent.

    While in Italy, populist deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini has found his right-wing League party topping the Index Research poll, published last week, at 32.8 per cent.

    The League’s anti-establishment governing coalition partner the Five Star Movement (M5S) is at 22 per cent, and the left-wing Democratic Party is in third with 20.5 per cent.

    Le Pen has been making the rounds in Europe, promoting the populist supergroup of parties hailing from Germany, Austria, Denmark, and others including Mr Salvini’s League party.

    During a campaign rally in Brussels, in comments reported by POLITICO she said, “As right-wing parties, we have long remained isolated in Europe.”

    “Now we have a chance to change Europe from the inside.” “An à la carte Europe is possible, a Europe of collaboration between nations.”


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    Macron is the French Obama.

    All hype, no substance and delivery.

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    Candidates for European President


    Candidates spar for European Commission president job


    The candidates to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission have clashed in a televised debate broadcast across the EU.


    It was part of the spitzenkandidat - or "lead candidate" - process, where contenders for the role are put forward by the pan-European groups of like-minded political parties in the European Parliament.

    Each applicant has to be running in the European elections which will be held on 23-26 May.

    The job comes with a staff of more than 30,000, a seat at summits of EU leaders and the right to propose new European laws.

    The concept was tried for the first time in 2014. It is meant to make the appointment seem more democratic by putting the winner through something resembling an election campaign.



    Mr Weber, Mr Timmermans, Ms Vestager, Ms Keller, Mr Cue, and Mr Zahradil


    Six candidates were on stage in Brussels:



    • Manfred Weber, European People's Party


    Manfred Weber has been a high-flyer in the EU's influential bloc of centre-right parties from a young age. He often stresses his Bavarian roots as he promotes his 10-point plan for Europe.

    He is the closest the contest has to a front-runner but the only thing he has ever run is the EPP delegation in the European Parliament.

    During the debate, he promised to appoint a commissioner to oversee a new relationship with Africa to help control migration to Europe. He said future trade deals with other countries would include clauses banning child labour.

    But he had to fend off accusations that his centre-right colleagues had voted against climate change measures.



    • Frans Timmermans, Party of European Socialists


    He is the supremely multilingual First Vice-President of the European Commission. The Dutchman steered through EU legislation banning plastic straws and negotiated the EU's deal with Turkey to reduce the flow of migrants.

    His signature proposal in the debate was a minimum rate of corporation tax across the EU of 18%.



    • Margrete Vestager, Liberals


    Ms Vestager, from Denmark, currently oversees competition policy at the European Commission, where she led investigations that ended in big fines for Google and Apple.

    But she admitted during the debate that the Commission had alienated voters.

    "Last year we got digital citizens' rights. That we called GDPR. How can we expect people to appreciate that?"

    Unusually the Liberals have fielded a slate of six others for the EU's top job, including the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt.



    • Ska Keller, European Green Party


    This is Ska Keller's second time as a spitzenkandidat. Although she is a Green, she is as likely to talk about the rights of migrants as the plight of the environment.

    She demanded that future agreements contain better protections for human rights.

    Dutch environmentalist Bas Eickhout is also standing for the Greens.



    • Nico Cué, European Left


    The far left's representative is a former metalworker from Spain who grew up in Belgium.

    "EU unity is at risk because of austerity policies of unheard-of violence being applied in Southern Europe," he said.

    He shares the role with Violeta Tomic, a former TV actress and member of the Slovenian Parliament.



    • Jan Zahradil, European Conservatives and Reformists


    The European Conservative and Reformists selected this Czech MEP to make the case for limiting the powers of the EU institutions and reinforcing the role of the individual member states.

    He quoted opinion polls from his home country which showed that 90% of citizens wanted to stay in the EU but 70% did not want to join the single currency, the euro.

    "There is a clear example that people like the European Union but do not like everything that comes from the European Union," he said at the debate.



    So who's going to win?



    Figures from various other political tribes had been mentioned as potential spitzenkandidaten but either failed to fulfil the criteria for taking part in the TV debate or never quite embraced the idea.

    The includes the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini, the former Greek finance minister Yannis Varoufakis and Oriol Junqueras, currently in jail for his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum, declared illegal by Spain.

    But there is no guarantee that any of them will end up as President of the European Commission.

    Previously the job went to the person whose group won the most seats in the election.

    That's how Jean-Claude Juncker got the job five years ago, despite objections from David Cameron and the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

    .


    How the next European Commission president is chosen


    This time round, EU leaders have said the European treaties give them the sole authority to nominate someone for the role, and that they only have to nod towards the results of the European Parliament election when they make their choice.

    The successful candidate then has to secure a majority in the European Parliament.

    And the appointment is more likely to be the product of power-plays between countries, and the need for a gender and geographical balance among the EU's other upcoming vacancies, which include the head of the European Central Bank, the President of the European Council and the bloc's Foreign Policy chief.

    "It means we might end up with everyone's second choice," explained one EU official.




    Mr Barnier and Mrs Merkel are both rumoured as candidates – just not spitzen-candidates


    That could be the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier who impressed many governments with his ability to keep 27 countries on the same page during the talks with the UK.

    But the Brussels rumour mill's current favourite fantasy candidate is the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, even though there is no evidence whatsoever she has any interest in the job.

    The days after the European elections will see a race for control of the process that will pit the European political parties against EU leaders, who will discuss the issue at a special summit on 28 May.



    Candidates spar for European Commission president job ...16 May 2019.

    It’s time that EU citizens vote for the commission as well as for EP.

    Whose most likely to replace Jean-Claude Juncker? The EUssr is a totalitarian setup so: 1) Empress Merkel or 2) Barnier.

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