Euroskeptic election surge gives EU a headache

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FatherJames wrote:

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…Seems that two World Wars in their front yard taught many Europeans very little.

May 25, 2014 12:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
deLafayette wrote:

Look, let’s all understand why there is a dual-election run-offs in France.

The first vote comes from the heart, the run-off vote comes from the brain. This first vote is a telltale sign of immense frustration from the French public.

We’ll see in the next vote how many elected representatives the National Front actually sends to Strasbourg. It’s leader, Marine LePen, has already asked the Socialist president to resign – which is precisely the sort of political inanity that the French National Front is capable of mustering.

Just so much blah-blah-blah …

May 26, 2014 4:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
HuwSayer wrote:

“Anti-establishment parties of the far right and hard left, their scores amplified by a low turnout, made gains in many countries.”

There you go – if you didn’t vote and you don’t like the result look in the mirror to see the problem.

No vote = no voice.

May 26, 2014 5:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

It is the same effect that gets US far-right mid-term gains. The low turn-out give the activists an illusion of gains.

For Euro elections, it is even worse. Few really care who their Euro MP is, and a lot don’t even know who represents them.

May 26, 2014 8:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

Isn’t it ironic that the Europeans are actually given choices other than which oligarchic stooge to put in front of the teleprompter while in the USA, our political system is designed to deny representation to the majority of citizens? Death by gerrymander and “winner take all” rules, both of which are anti-democratic.

The USA has gamed itself into a position where it is absolute rule by oligarchs while carrying on a charade of elections and laws. It is now hopelessly corrupt, and not much better than it would have been if we had lost the last 6 wars “we” “won”. A sad day for those of us who believe in the original Republic.

May 26, 2014 8:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:

Every four and one-half days (4.5 days) the population of the world increases by 1 million people. This is unprecedented.

The population explosion is occurring in the world’s poorest, most crowded countries, and the mass migration of the exploding poor populations is pouring into Europe and America, inundating them, flooding European and American labor markets, driving wage rates downward and displacing European and American workers from jobs and housing.

Mass immigration on an unprecedented scale is quickly destroying the American middle class, the French middle class, the British middle class.

Mass immigration is an immediate, existential threat to Europe and to America. This rise of the British UKIP and the French NF perhaps presages a rise in America of a party to counter the establishment Democrats and Republicans, both of who have abandoned their duty to protect the American people from foreign invasion.

May 26, 2014 9:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:

@usagadfly says it right. The USA no longer holds elections. It only holds charades.

May 26, 2014 9:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ematter wrote:

Given the vast majority are pro-Europe, all we hear is the dissenting anti-Europe.

Europe has capped bank bonuses. It provides a common ambition to tackle climate change and human rights. It provides us with a basis to negotiate with giants like China and the US. It provides us with security as we have seen Russia annex countries.

Europe results in trade and cooperation which is worth trillions in trade. There is a massive net gain for being a member of the EU. Britain and France are two very strong members in Europe and have a great deal of influence.

It is good to hear educated comments on Europe, especially those which encourage us, Europe, to improve. Let us hope the National Front and UKIP constructively challenge spending and costs, however everyone’s guess is they will likely just collect their pay and not turn up to work.

May 26, 2014 9:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AdamSmith wrote:

Mass immigration, unprecedented in scale and speed, is quickly destroying the British middle class and the French middle class.

May 26, 2014 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
explorer08 wrote:

It appears that Europeans have proven that humans who have different cultures and different languages just simply cannot work together to solve problems, issues, and concerns. It may not be a European failing so much as it is a human failing. Maybe it is just impossible. The Europeans seem to have proven that it is, indeed, not possible to cooperate with an eye to future. They seem to be choosing to NOT cooperate because their eyes are turned to the past.

May 26, 2014 10:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
markavelli69 wrote:

Perhaps now they can begin the process of un-favoring the IPCC, with the hopes of eventually abolishing the panel altogether.
When the U.S. elects a conservative presidential administration this time around you can bet the same will happen….

Abolish the IPCC.

May 26, 2014 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
markavelli69 wrote:

@Explorer,

There is an old saying “In a true democracy nobody gets what they want”

Being that Socialist-Euros’ do not believe in “majority rules” , they pander too much to minority groups which does nothing but stall progress.

You can see this same ideology in our liberal-democrat party (USA). They don’t put things to vote because they already know it will not pass. Because they feel so righteous in their politics they just make it a law.

Simply put, there is a difference between a being democratic and democracy.

May 26, 2014 11:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse

The EU is not a “common market” – it is a “common bureaucracy” staffed by power seeking bureaucrats answerable to no one. There is no need for common regulations or a common money (euro) – they should remove the barriers to free trade across the national borders and step aside. (But giving up power is impossible for a bureaucrat unless they are forced to do so). Go UKIP!

May 26, 2014 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bigturkey wrote:

From outside it appears they’re having more difficulty with economic union than with political union, literally the opposite of what would have been expected given the prior success of the Common Market. I wonder if there’s some way to keep the EU but back out of the Euro and return each region to their own currencies.

May 26, 2014 11:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse

This vote is not about politics or nationalism, it is about culture and ethnicity. The EU internationalists are promoting mass immigration to replace the native people with “multiracial diversity” and the native cultures with “multiculturalism.”
By the way, the deliberate destruction of ethnic groups in Europe (in whole or IN PART) qualifies as genocide according to the UN definition of genocide.

May 26, 2014 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
euro-yank wrote:

Putting aside US-centric opinions, AdamSmith has hit the nail on the head.

The world’s population is growing at the same time technology is reducing the number of workers needed. People move to find jobs and the existing residents don’t appreciate the new competition. Add the globalization of greed into the mix, and let’s not be surprised that parties who turn inward and reject the new ‘outsiders’ did well.

Having said that, the EU institutions have done themselves no favors by avoiding referendums on the Lisbon Treaty (except Ireland who had to vote twice before ‘getting it right’).

May 26, 2014 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TruWorldPeace wrote:

Europeans seem to have realized that the EU is a sinking ship. Why was Yatsenyuk and his fellow fascists in Kiev so adamant about joining? I hope Poroshenko will also see Yanukovich’s wisdom and stay close to brother Russia.

May 26, 2014 2:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mtj wrote:

This problem will not go away quietly Just like the US, Europe is awash in debt and the people do not care for it, not for the solutions put forward by the political parties ( clowns ) that got them into debt in the first place.
America has much to answer for, in its part of the derivative scandal that rocked the world and is still causing the financial heartaches, world wide

May 26, 2014 4:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
harleysmith wrote:

Historically, countries and regions with a multitude of different languages and political opinions, as well as cultures, have problems coming together for a common cause. They may like or at least tolerate the others, and even visit the others’ countries. But it is much harder achieving true political unity. The United States achieved it, but the first 80 years after the establishment of the country witnessed state after state threatening to secede, both in the northern and southern sections of the country. This enmity eventually led to the Civil War, and even today sectional differences are problematic. So Europeans can possibly learn of the opportunities and challenges of political unity and cross-cultural cooperation from America’s experience in this area.

May 26, 2014 8:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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