The European Parliamentary Elections, often so minor a detail in an otherwise busy electoral schedule, have been billed as a watershed moment for the future direction of the European Union. As the legislative, supervisory, and budgetary body of the European Union, the Parliament carries significantly more importance today than it did in 1979 when the first elections were held.
Beyond the intrigue of the Spitzenkandidaten (don’t ask for the pronunciation), the new composition of the Parliament is shaping up as a battle between Macron’s ‘grand vision’ of Europe and Matteo Salvini’s band of Euro-skeptic populists. Though not quite as thrilling as Game of Thrones, the seats these groups win in Parliament will determine the legislative direction of the EU for five years to come. From Brexit to a common European army, the future is very much in the balance of the ballots counted on May 26th.