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The ironies of European democracy

last modified Jun 10, 2014 09:43 AM
Dr Chris Bickerton and Dr Carlo Invernizzi Accetti comment on ironies of the recent European elections in their article for Le Monde Diplomatique

What we seem to have is, on the one hand, an ostensibly ‘pro-European’ establishment that actually doesn’t care about European elections very much, treating them instead as a means for playing out domestic political struggles. And on the other hand, a bloc of ostensibly ‘anti-European’ parties, which in reality has the most vested interests in the perpetuation of the European project. If these parties manage to form viable parliamentary groups, the EU might paradoxically become the most reliable source of funding for these apparently ‘anti-European’ parties.

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