Newly-elected European Parliament Confronted with Huge Challenges

The newly-elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) arrived in Strasbourg as they have made their way to the European Parliament after winning the recent elections. However, the newly-elected MEPs have confronted with enormous challenges, and the fragmented European Parliament is at the top of those challenges.

A considerably higher turnout in the European Elections held in May 2019 points out the deep involvement of people in the process. Nonetheless, Timothy Garton, a British historian, thinks that all parties should put their differences aside and build a much-needed consensus. Otherwise, it will become tough to address matters that require support from all parties involved in the affairs of the European Parliament.

She said, “I think it is good that the old grand coalition of the EPP and Socialists have lost its hegemony, but the real question for the European Parliament and Europe as a whole is can we reach decisive action? Or is this little game and dance so complicated that we don’t actually get to the point of doing the things that we need to do?”.

The newly-elected MEPs from even political groups have got access to the European Parliament. However, two major political parties, The Five Star Movement and The British Brexit Party are left out. But they are also trying to find a place in the hemicycle.

The Greens emerged as the most dominant group in the recent elections in May. However, they have not got a majority in all European Union states.

An expert in EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Piotr Maciej Kaczyński said, “The green agenda is there. It’s fully installed at the core of what the EU will be dealing with over the next five years. But now we have to deliver, now the union has to deliver, and that will not be as easy.”

Negotiations are also taking place between parties including S&D, the Greens, EPP and RE, for coalitions agreements. Most probable areas of these agreements to deal with will be Digitalisation, Economic Policies, Foreign Affairs, Borders and Migration, and the Rule of LawDigitalisation; Rule of Law. And all of these political parties need to derive ways to develop a consensus to work on these major areas effectively.

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