Dr. Dilek YİGİT
Elections to the European Parliament which is one of two wings of European Union legislative power, in other words, using European Union’s legislative competences with the Council of Ministers, were held on 22-25 May 2014. What makes these Parliament elections important is that this is the first Parliament election in the process in which the European Union is tackling Eurozone crisis; therefore, it also gives the opportunity to analyse how hard the impact of Eurozone crisis will be on European politics.
Eurosceptic parties made big gains in the elections. Even though the control of European Parliament is presumed to be with the centre-right and the centre-left parties and Eurosceptics are split between left and right, Eurosceptic parties’ success is non-negligible. With no doubt, Eurosceptic and far-right parties’ success will have an effect on the European Parliament’s legislative process; however, in any case the Parliament will share its legislative power with the Council of Ministers, therefore said effect won’t be as oppressive as the pro-Europeans fear. I would like to pinpoint something. If European Parliament were the only legislative power in the union, in other words, if it didn’t share its legislative power with the Council of Ministers formed by the member states representatives, the impact of the Eurosceptic and far-right’s advance would be more palpable. In consequence, judging by the European Parliament election results, “European Union is scattering” or “Integration movement is loosening up” cannot be considered as healthy thoughts. However, it would be much more accurate to comment on Euro-scepticism and anti-integration’s success by saying “it might decrease the acceleration of the integration movement”.