European Parliamentary Elections: What’s at stake?

In an increasingly troubled time for the European Union, Sir Menzies Campbell, Stuart Wheeler, Mark Leonard, Prof Maurice Fraser, Dr Sara Hagemann and John Peet discuss the upcoming European parliamentary elections, and how their outcome will affect the EU and Britain's role in it. 


Sir Menzies Campbell, Member of Parliament for North East Fife

Stuart Wheeler, Treasurer, UKIP

Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

Prof Maurice Fraser, Head of European Institute, LSE

Dr Sara Hagemann, Co-Founder, VoteWatch Europe and Assistant Professor, LSE 


Chaired by

John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist 

18.30-20.00 on 30 April 2014

Venue: LSE, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincolns Inn Fields, WC2A 3LI

At the end of May, approximately 390 million Europeans will be invited to go to the polls. They will do so at a time when th EU is going through the worst crisis in its history and its image is at a historic low. Analysts are predicting a surge of forces for strongly Eurosceptic parties. What are the short and long term implications for the EU and Britain's place within it? 

Sir Menzies Campbell is the MP for North East Fife and former leader of the Liberal Democrats. He is currently the Chancellor of the University of St. Andrews. 

Stuart Wheeler is the treasurer of UKIP and a former member of the Conservative Party. 

Prof Maurice Fraser is Professor of Practice in European Politics and Head of the LSE European Institute. He was previously Special Adviser to Foreign Secretaries Douglas Hurd, John Major and Sir Geoffrey Howe. 

Dr Sara Hagemann is Assistant Professor at the LSE European Institute and Co-Founder of Votewatch Europe.

John Peet is the Europe Editor of The Economist. Before joining The Economist he was a civil servant, working for HM Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

This event is part of 'The Europe Question: Perspectives from the UK' initiative, organised in partnership with the LSE European Institute and the European Commission Representation in the UK, which aims to bridge the evident gap in understanding and mutual distrust between the UK, its European partners and the EU institutions in Brussels. For more information, visit