28 april 2014, om 19:00, Maastricht/ livestream/ Euronews | Maastricht/ livestream/ Euronews

First European Presidential Debate

First Ever European Presidential Debate,
live on TV and Internet

The First European Presidential Debate will take place on Monday 28th April
in Maastricht. The debate, hosted by the City of Maastricht, Maastricht
University, Connect Limburg and the European Youth Forum, will see several
candidates for the presidency of the European Commission battle out key
issues on the future of Europe. The debate will be held in front of an
audience of 700 young people and broadcast live worldwide in 13 languages on

The candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party), Martin Schulz
(Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and
Democrats for Europe Party), Ska Keller (European Green Party) will answer
questions from thousands of young people all over Europe. The candidates
will then debate key issues such as unemployment, education and young
people’s engagement in politics.

The theatre audience will be made up of international students, youth civil
society, and young people from across Europe. The debate will focus on the
issues that matter most to young Europeans; the questions have been gathered
using a unique participatory process through collaboration between the
University of Maastricht and the European Youth Forum/League of Young

Moderated by Euronews lead presenters Isabelle Kumar and Chris Burns, the
debate will be available live through Euronews’ worldwide TV network
(covering 415 million homes in 156 countries), simultaneously in 13
languages. The debate will also be broadcast live on Euronews radio and
streamed live on www.eudebate2014.eu, on euronews.com and on Euronews’
mobile apps.

The debate will focus on three main themes: the European economy – crisis
and growth; the future of Europe and rise of Euroscepticism; and Europe’s
foreign policy role. Pre-selected members of the audience will ask questions
directly to the candidates. Questions can be still be posed to the
candidates in the run-up to and during the debate, via Twitter, using
#EUdebate2014. Social media moderators will be monitoring Twitter activity
and will select popular questions to pose to the candidates during the

This debate is unique both because it is the first time that all the main
candidates for the Commission Presidency will meet for a televised debate,
but also because of its focus on youth, which gives it a unique perspective
and importance in the run up to the European elections.