The 2019 European elections are just a distance away. In a highly intense social context all across Europe, many voices summarise the choice to nationalists or liberals. Given the importance of the vote, Jan Robert Suesser, member of la Ligue des Droits de l’Homme and of the European Civic Forum, writes about the necessity of granting access to rights to all. While the denial of fundamental rights is still a challenge in Europe nowadays, he argues that a rights approach can be the common thread to understand the stakes.
The elections for the European Parliament to be held between May 23rd and May 26th will be the sum of twenty-seven national elections with different political offers from one country to another, a variety of national narratives about the European Union, and multiple expectations that citizens will express on this occasion. But because national realities incorporate and reflect both the strengths and the weaknesses of European integration as well as the effects of globalization, significant common features across the European Union will be found in this electoral time. Does the rights approach help to understand the issues at stake in these elections?*
* This article is adapted from the original French version published in Hommes & Libertés #184 – December 2018.