In volatile mood, EU’s voters are called to polls

Washington Post, 21.05.2014

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These days, more Europeans than ever are skeptical or hostile toward efforts to unite the continent into an economic and political superpower. In that volatile mood, voters in 28 countries on Thursday begin choosing the next European Parliament and helping determine the EU’s future leaders and course. [...]

Would that be enough to alter the EU’s direction? Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the European Policy Center, a Brussels think tank, is dubious.

“Even if they do better than in 2009, how much will they actually influence policymaking?” he said. “I think that in the European Parliament, their role will not be that strong because they are so disparate. I think it will be a problem for them to come together.”

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