In May, Europeans will be called to vote for the 8th time. Many argue, this European election will turn into a first-order contest, in the sense that previous elections were more influenced by national political issues.
There are three relevant elements to support this premise. Primarily, it is important that, for the first time, political parties are the ones to nominate a chair to the Commission. Secondly, the changes underway in the eurozone are leading to the endorsement of a stronger fiscal union, underlining the conflict between “national” and “European” preferences. Finally, the disruption of nationalistic and eurosceptic parties is also a determining factor.
These three elements shape up a new context. Regarding the first point, we can predict a greater role for the EU Parliament (EP) in choosing the Commission President. As it happened last time, in accordance with the Lisbon Treaty, the president will be elected on the basis of the nomination from the European Council, taking into account the EP elections.