While many people are still focused on details of individual countries and their specific needs, 400 million Europeans will go to the polls next week in all 28 EU member states. The British and Dutch vote on May 23, the Irish on May 24, and the Czechs on May 24 and 25 while Latvia and Slovakia vote on May 25.
Everyone else will vote for the 751 members for new five-year terms for the European Parliament on May 26. Germany gets 96 MEPs, while the smaller states will have 6 representatives. The UK may leave and if they do, those 73 MEPs will be replaced and fill the other 27 member country seats. Only 3 EU member states allow minors to vote, and they are Austria, Malta and Greece.
The average age of MEPs is 55 years old with the youngest being 28 and the oldest 90. The number of women MEPs has doubled since 1979 and the country with the highest is Finland in which 76.9 precent of their MEPs are women. The concern now for this vote is the number of populist or right leaning candidates and the support they may get in France, Germany, Holland and Austria.