Companies call on people to vote in EU elections amid concerns over rising nationalism

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20 May 2019

EU and US firms appeal to European voters

Author: Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

'Free scooter rides and EU power ballads, big firms pump up voters for EU polls' 20 May 2019

From Volkswagen to Spotify to Iberdrola, Europe’s biggest firms are urging people to vote in key European Parliament elections this weekend...

Nearly 430 million Europeans are eligible to vote in the May 23-26 election but turnout has been in decline, hitting just 43 percent in 2014...

The stakes are higher this time, though, with the rise of populists, eurosceptics and far-right parties posing a threat to the EU’s democratic values...

Germany’s Volkswagen... has appealed in 16 languages to its 490,000 European employees to cast their vote, saying that a united Europe is in everybody’s interests...

German carrier Lufthansa has painted its new global brand campaign “SayYesToEurope” on the fuselage of an Airbus A320...

The corporate activity is not restricted to Germany, where the pre-EU heritage of war is particularly keenly felt and whose manufacturers are notable beneficiaries of open markets...

New corporate interest could be a byproduct of Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the EU, said Fabian Zuleeg, who heads... the European Policy Centre.

[also refers to ThyssenKrupp, Spotify, Iberdrola, 3M, Microsoft, Lime]

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9 May 2019

German business associations urge voters to participate in EU polls


German businesses on Thursday called for voters to participate in European Parliament elections at the end of May.

A joint statement by the country's three major business associations said all German citizens should "make use of their right to vote." 

The European Union represents nearly 70 years of peace and is the reason why businesses were speaking out "passionately" for EU integration and participation in the elections, the statement said.

The associations noted that 60 per cent of German exports go to other EU countries, meaning that millions of jobs in Germany were dependent on trade with its neighbours...

[The] statement... was issued by the German associations for employers, industry and the chamber of commerce...

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