After a first debate in Maastricht, and a second in Florence, The main candidates to be the next president of the European Commission have held their final debate before the 2014 European Parliament elections yesterday.
The candidates are:
- Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg): European People’s Party
- Martin Schulz (Germany): Socialist & Democrats
- Guy Verhofstadt (Belgium): European Liberals
- Ska Keller (Germany): European Greens
- Alexis Tsipras (Greece): European Left.
The debate, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), took place in the chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels. It was moderated by the Italian journalist, Monica Maggioni.The debate displayed significant levels of engagement on social media (over 99.000 mentions of #TellEurope were recorded in the past 6 days on social media, of which almost 90.000 were recorded on 15 May).
In terms of Twitter mentions yesterday’s debate doubled the debate in Maastricht (90.000 mentions yesterday vs 47.000 in Maastricht).
Almost all mentions were retrieved from Twitter. It is also worth mentioning that 149 blogs articles have quoted the hashtag during this timeframe.
Below you will find a wordcloud and a list of the most mentioned set of words together with #TellEurope on 15 May 2014.
Tsipras was the most tweeted leader according to Eurovision’s analysis, trumping Martin Schulz (PES), Guy Verhofstad (ALDE), Jean-Claude Juncker (EPP) and Ska Keller (Greens).