“This time I’m voting” is the motto of the elections to the European Parliament, expressing tentative optimism rather than a steadfast belief in the strength of democracy. For although the Parliament has steadily gained influence in the political structure of the EU, citizen support has been declining. In Austria, only 45% of the electorate cast their ballot in the last EU elections (2014). Slovakia was in last place in Europe, with only 13% of voters going to the polls. In order to counter this downward trend, this year the European Parliament supports activities by civil society organisations that encourage people to vote under the aforementioned motto. The best known of the pro-European movements is probably the Pulse of Europe initiative, founded in 2016.

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