Europe Against The European

Forbes Online - 3.6.2014

The recent elections to the European Parliament produced something more than the usual protest vote against the ruling Party in each country of the Union. Possibly for the first time they were about Europe, rather than the policies of its constituent nations.

Of course not everyone understood the elections in that way. But a substantial number of the electorate did so, and for this reason cast their vote in order to register, not what they felt about this or that domestic policy, but what they felt about the European Union. This was transparently obvious in the case of Britain and France, in both of which countries the vote was won by parties explicitly campaigning for national sovereignty.

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