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BC-EU-European Elections, ADVISORY, EU

May 21, 2019 GMT

(Editors: This version adds several stories and changes the timing of others)

Some 400 million Europeans from 28 countries head to the polls from Thursday to Sunday to choose their representatives at the European Parliament for the next five years. The AP will be providing comprehensive coverage.

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Here is a look at the AP’s planned coverage, as well as some stories that have moved previously and are available for use:



EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-FRAGILE CENTER _ Support for Germany’s Social Democrats has ebbed dramatically in recent years, but nowhere is their fate more closely watched than in the tiny city-state of Bremen. The center-left party has dominated the proud port’s political scene since the end of World War II, winning 19 straight elections and ruling it for 73 years. That run could end this week when voters cast their ballots in European and state elections, with potential repercussions for Germany and beyond. SENT: 950 words, photos.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-BREXIT _ No one in Britain is more enthusiastic about this week’s European Union elections than people who hate the EU. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-MACRON _ French President Emmanuel Macron is accusing former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and Russian oligarchs of conspiring with Europe’s nationalists to dismantle the European Union. SENT: 160 words, photos.


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Spot coverage on the eve of elections for the organization’s parliament, including a debate between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and populist rising star Thierry Baudet. UPCOMING: Developing in text, photos. Debate begins at 2100 GMT.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-WHAT’S AT STAKE _ The European Parliament elections that start Thursday have never been so hotly anticipated or contested, with many predicting that this year’s ballot will mark a coming-of-age moment for the euroskeptic far-right movement. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, video by 0700 GMT.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-FIGHTING FAKE NEWS _ Disinformation has evolved beyond the playbook used by Russian trolls in the US election. As the European Union gears up for the world’s biggest transnational elections, domestic groups are using social media to push extremist messages in more subtle and nuanced ways, analysts and officials say. 900 words by 1000 GMT.


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HUNGARY’S OPPOSITION _ Hungary’s opposition has been restricted to five-minute slots for campaign ads on the state broadcasters. From five minutes of a man clucking in a chicken suit to micro news shows with stories ignored by state media, the groups are using their screen time in creative ways. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 0800 GMT.


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Voters in the Netherlands and Britain cast their ballots in the European elections. UPCOMING: Developing in all formats.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-AGING VOTERS _ Older voters appear to have had a significant impact in both Brexit and the rise of right-wing populist parties across Europe. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video by 1100 GMT.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-GHOSTS OF FASCISM _ Fascism may be long dead in Italy, but its ideology and symbols were never fully vanquished. This has perhaps never been as clear as in this European election campaign. UPCOMING: 900 words by 0700 GMT.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-ITALY-FASCISM-PHOTO GALLERY _ While Germany systematically wiped out traces of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime, the legacy of Benito Mussolini remains present in Italy. A surprising number of monuments and symbols glorifying Mussolini’s two-decade rule remain in plain view in Rome. Photo gallery with brief text by 0700 GMT.


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Voters in Ireland and the Czech Republic cast their ballots in the European elections. UPCOMING: Developing in all formats.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-THE GREENS _ Greens are gaining ground across Europe, and in Germany they are expected to come in second in the European elections. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by 1100 GMT.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-ROMANIAN VILLAGE _ The EU has invested millions of euros to develop the area around a Romanian village where hardly anyone voted in the last EU elections. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video by 1100 GMT.


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Voters in Slovakia, Latvia and Malta head to the polls to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. A look at what’s at stake. UPCOMING: Developing in all formats.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-THE ISSUES _ Chunky-text look at the main issues and trends. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1100 GMT.


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS _ Europeans from 21 countries head to the polls to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. AP will have reaction from across Europe as results begin to come in. UPCOMING: Developing in all formats.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-TAKEAWAYS _ Thumbnail-style look at key results and issues of the day. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1200 GMT, updated throughout the day.

Stories that already moved, available for use:

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-RIGHT UNITES _ Italy’s populist interior minister is uniting Europe’s right-wing parties under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner for this month’s European Union elections, pledging to reshape the continent from its technocratic heart in the EU’s base in Brussels. SENT: 800 words, photos on May 3.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-GERMANY FAR-RIGHT _ Europe’s new right could take a page out of U.S. President Donald Trump’s populist playbook when it comes to winning support ahead of this month’s European elections, says the co-leader of the Alternative for Germany party. An interview with Alice Weidel. SENT: 1,200 words, photos on May 8.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HUNGARY _ Hundreds of migrants a day streamed through the Hungarian village of Asotthalom on their way to Western Europe in 2015. Today there are almost none. So one might think the political discourse has moved on. Think again. SENT: 1,200 words, photos on May 10.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-AP EXPLAINS _ As Europeans go to the polls next month, there is a very real danger that fringe parties intent on destroying how the European Union currently works could become a sizable bloc in the legislature. Overall though, projections point toward the center parties continuing to dominate parliamentary proceedings. SENT: 950 words, photos on May 10.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-BULGARIAN TRUCKERS _ The campaign in Bulgaria for the upcoming European elections will likely be dominated by the fierce battle about the adoption new EU restrictions on truckers roaming the bloc. Parties on the left are trying to take advantage of this and turn the tide in their favor. SENT: 600 words, photos on May 14.

EUROPE-YOUNG AND FAR RIGHT _ They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional. Several of this year’s far-right candidates in Europe are well under the age of 30 — just like some of their most ardent supporters. SENT: 2,100 words, photos, video on May 16. An abridged version also moved at 1,100 words.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-TALKING RADICAL _ Europe’s taboos are falling away. Virulent language castigating immigration and Islam is creeping from extremist fringe groups on social media and the dark web into politics, and getting new visibility in the final thrust of campaigning for this month’s European Parliament elections. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video on May 16.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-EUROPEANS IN BRITAIN _ Hedwig Hegtermans has lived in Britain for two decades, but she didn’t have a vote when the country decided in 2016 to leave the European Union. She’s determined to have her say on Brexit now. SENT: 1,000 words, photos on May 17.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-SOCIAL MEDIA-GERMANY _ Like other right-wing parties in Europe, the far-right Alternative for Germany is taking a page out of U.S. President Donald Trump’s playbook, skirting a traditional media campaign to focus on a provocative social media effort that has prompted more shares and chatter than anyone else. The key question, though, is whether it can turn the internet buzz into actual votes. SENT: 1,000 words, photos on May 18.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-MACRON’S VISION _ French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe’s savior, and this week’s European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union. But Macron is no longer the fresh-faced force who marched into a surprising presidential victory to the rhythm of the EU anthem two years ago. SENT: 1,100 words, photos on May 19.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HIGH-TECH ESTONIA _ Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election, and thousands have already done so ahead of elections to the European Parliament. SENT: 930 words, photos, video on May 20.