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Guy Verhofstadt at least should champion this old idea, made new thanks to Brexit.

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In the European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: This has often been proposed in the past and was again mentioned by European Parliament presidential candidate Guy Verhofstadt ALDE in his recent draft report on Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union.

This would offer each European voter the chance to vote for a true European candidate, not only those proposed by national or regional parties. This would mean campaigns spanning more than one country and possibly transforming the current associations of national parties into coherent European-level parties.

It is a pity his proposal was turned down by the constitutional affairs committee. Not the least because Brexit would have provided the perfect opportunity to implement this system.

In the wake of the election of the next European Parliament president next week, European federalists are asking all candidates for the EP presidency to take a stand: To date, in all countries, candidates for the European Parliament have competed in national or regional elections, based on local lists and campaigning on topical national issues. Europe and European issues are seldom mentioned, frustrating European federalists who would like to vote for their best European candidate, whatever their nationality.

Only the UK opposed this in As nationalist parties gain influence, there is no certainty that this can happen again for the next European elections in It is up to the EP itself to propose the electoral rules. They could use this chance to empower Europeans to elect the best Europeans to represent them directly. German is a West Germanic language, thus related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. It is one of the world's major languages and the most widely spoken first language in the European Union.

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