European Parliament Election: 57% Don’t Give a Shit

The election amassed a record low participation. Every year it has been dropping, constantly, from 62 percent 50 years ago to 43 percent this time. This is a very clear indication of people not accepting the Union as an alternative to national, regional, local and other forms of government. Maybe this will cause changes, maybe EU will not resemble USA as much, maybe the “Brussel elite” needs to adapt to the mob.

The Irish will hold another popular election on the Lissabon treaty (the new document establishing the supranational European Union, giving it more international weight as an institution). Last time they rejected it and caused headache for Baroso and the other Unionists. This election the Irish gave their votes to the opponents of the treaty so we can expect it to be rejected next popular vote as well. Also, the Independence party in Britain, UKIP, got 17% of the British vote.

Finland gave mandate to their xenophobic/nationalist alternative – a party called The True Finns – as did other countries like the Netherlands and Hungary, strengthening that fraction in the parliament. So, maybe Turkey is not to be expected as a member state just yet.

Swedish Pirate Party gets 7% of the Swedish vote and 1 seat in parliament. Since their supporters are creating a lot of media noise through the internetz, maybe the parliament will be more discussed than it has been before. Normally we hear nothing from the parliament for 4 years and 11 months and then we have intense and pretty uninformative debates only during the 1 month just before the election.

The Christian Democrats-Conservative Group gets 40% of the general vote, 280 seats. The social democrats get 160 seats. 80 for the liberals. 55 for the greens. The left lost some seats and the independent parties gained; that includes the “xenophobes”. Here’s seat distribution per country. Thank you Taiwan for that.

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2 Responses to “European Parliament Election: 57% Don’t Give a Shit”

  1. enleuk Says:

    Comments are more than welcome. All comments in all threads are automatically approved. I hope freedom of speech/opinion can create interesting debates. I’ll put up blog posts with comment summaries if there’s interesting discussion going on.

  2. wilkpat Says:

    I give a shit. However, I live in the country – no information through the post from any prospective MEP, no information as to WHEN the election was being held or WHERE my local voting centre was. I searched the teletext on all French television stations to find out anything about anybody running – nothing. Without Euronews on television I would not have known France was voting on Sunday. Lets be honest local and national media are not interested in anything European unless it is tied into local politics or point scoring. I was horrified to see the results across Europe – Euronews again showing how the few that voted were not voting on European issues or on the performance of their MEP’s but on national politics
    Until there is more connection between the MEPs and their constituency. until our national media tells us what is happening in the EUP’ what is being voted for and how the various groups think and vote why would anyone bother to turn out

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