I thought I'd start such a thread, for perhaps there are poeple that like to exchange opinions on it. I will make some insertions for non-EU-Macurmors-Users, for clarification. GB and the Netherlands are voting today, already. The last countries vote on the 25th. It is the first time we have actual candidates running for president of the EU comission (i.e. the cabinet for starters). The most likely to win are of course those of the two biggest parties. Martin Schulz (Germany) for the social democrat parties' faction and Jean Claude Junker (Luxemburg) for the conservative Parties' faction. (The "Greens", the "Left" and the "Liberals" have candidates, too. Europeans use the word "liberal" for those who's important goal is deregulation of economy aside private freedom (no surveillance) for the normal people.) What I see from France and Germany the TTIP (supposed Trade-Agreement between US and EU) seems to be a hot topic and some even make their vote dependent on that topic. While Schulz and Junker both said, they won't accept the TTIP with social, ecological and health standards that are under the european standards (EU residents fear that the standards will be adjusted down to the US standards), most people don't think they will keep their word. Junker is a bit more left from the typical conservative parties he is the candidate for, but I guess most people know, that the national governmental heads will have an influence on that. Then there is teh topic of the right wing parties. Germany had a 3% threshhold for the EU elections, so that too many small parties can't mess up the parliament. The highest court in Germany has decided that this is not ok and so in Germany they fear that the Nazis (NPD) will get into it with 1%. Asides from that there are already parties that are openly rigth extremist or some sort of right extremist. UKIP (GB), Geert Wilders' Party (Netherlands) and France's right party are estimated to get 20-30%. And there is the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) in Germany, that is anti-Euro and against massimigration (they play with that word, of course and their statements are never really clear). Which did form in the last year and did get 4,6% right away (they didn't get over the 5% threshhold for national elections). But they might get even 7% this time. I can't really add much to this discussion, but I hope you feel some will and interest to state your opinion or speak about other subjects.