The EU elections are coming soon…and I am lost.
And frankly speaking, I feel unable to pick a party because actually I cannot follow any of them. I agree on single thesis or opinions of many parties – covering the entire range from left to right. I was never as lost as I am today. Nevertheless I am determined to vote, of course.
German Polls show clearly that the number of EU voters grow, the older the reference group is. Are you serious, youngsters!? It is your future….Please, vote!!!!
There is help – The Wahl-O-Mat …
The Wahl-O-Mat EU election 2019: http://www.bpb.de/politik/wahlen/wahl-o-mat/287903/wahl-o-mat-zur-europawahl-2019
In total 41 parties and political groups can be elected in the EU election from 23rd to 26th May 2019.
705 members of the EU parliament will be elected.
In Germany, you can and should vote on Sunday, 26th May 2019 from 08:00 – 18:00 pm.
Not all of these 41 options for voting are well-known – like the newly founded party VOLT (paneuropean party of young professionals & digital natives) for instance.
The very helpful Wahl-O-Mat briefly introduces all 41 parties & groups equally and summarizes their EU programs as well. All information is easily to understand and to compare. The Wahl-O-Mat seems to be quite unbiased and for information only.
Thus, I appreciate the Wahl-O-Mat of the bpb (Federal Agency for Civic Education /Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung). In addition, the Wahl-O-Mat namely allows to check your political positioning within this political landscape by using a questionnaire that includes 38 thesis you can confirm, refuse or be neutral. In a second step, you can set priorities / put emphasis on the topics that are addressed in these 38 thesis. You simply mark the thesis most critical to you and it will count double.
The Wahl-O-Mat allows you to shortlist 8 political groups for comparison. Then, it analyzes the % of compliance of your responses with the programs of the 8 parties (you`ve shortlisted before) so that a %-ranking is created.
The e-tool also provides the reasoning for each statement with reference to the 38 thesis, provided by all 41 competing parties.
The Wahl-O-Mat suggest to use the ranking for further assessment in regard of your individual prios or consideration how much convincing the reasoning of the parties is in your view etc.
All parties are introduced:
https://www.bpb.de/politik/wahlen/wer-steht-zur-wahl/287905/europawahl-2019 . The bpb website provides also an introduction of the single candidates of each party – sorted by German federal states.
“Who can be elected?”-website: http://www.bpb.de/werstehtzurwahl
Please, have a look at the 38 thesis. The selection of topics tells you a lot about the concerns, agendas and state of discussion in our world region: EUROPE💖 . From my point of view, the catalogue of thesis reflects current discussions well.
The EU 2019 Questionnaire with 38 major thesis:
By the way, my results have been a little surprise…The questionnaire is very helpful in any case because it forces you to reflect and determine your position once more…and the e-tool compares your opinion with the programs of the parties.
ABOUT THE BPB
The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany.
The German Federal Agency for Civic Education – the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung or the ”bpb” as it is referred to in short – is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues to all people in Germany. “Citizenship education” in this connection broadly means educating and encouraging citizens to actively participate in society and in the democratic process. The bpb’s work focuses on fostering an awareness of what democracy is and on furthering participation in politics and social life.