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2019-05-24

A former student sent me the attached Votewatch.eu Blog: How the old "pro-anti"EU framinf becomes obsolete after EU elections." It makes most interesting reading, but it also troubles me.

In my previous entry (A NEVER CLOSER UNION) I still added a questionmark after the title. After the Votewatch analysis, we might have to conclude that there is no longer any majority (likely) after the elections in favour of an ever closer union. Majorities can only be found on specific issues, that is à la carte. These majorities are built upon the national interest of states as seen by the parties. There no longer is a common European purpose in any of the parties likely to make up the new European Parliament. Hopefully for a very short time, will there be British Brexit parties to further poison the atmosphere. 


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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