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In January, Barack Obama promised in his inaugural address to “restore science to its rightful place.” The pledge was a win for scientists everywhere, and particularly for those working in the US. But now, with the European Parliamentary (EP) elections at hand, whether Obama’s sentiments are shared by politicians worldwide remains to be seen. Last Thursday through Sunday, members of the 27 member states of the European Union voted for representatives from seven parties to fill 736 seats in the EP. ScienceBlogger Frank Swain of SciencePunk, together with The Lay Scientist, sent a nine-question survey to the offices of five major parties, and authored a series of posts to investigate where the major parties stand on scientific issues—see his category thread, Science and the European Elections to read them all.