May 9, 2009
The participants of the Think About It blogging competition do not report a great election fever from the various countries of Europe.Matej Hruska says that people are cluless in Slovakia. Slovakia will have 13 MEPs in new Parliament. Now we officially have 17 political parties running for elections.Not a single party which are currently represented in Slovak parliament have addressed potential voters with their agendas, all they have been able to do was to pick candidates.On the contrast, Germany’s established parties are at least giving it a try. (They are facing a national election is September, so this may be just a run-up for them).
In the Czech Republic, where the government collapsed during holding the EU presidency, it is all about the next national election. Ivan Kutil predicts that the EP elections will be only a ‘reality check’ before the Czech elections. The outgoing Czech MEPs have not done much work in the previous Parliament, reports Ji?í Suchomel.
Stephane Spillane reports from Ireland, that this tiny but strong nation that holds the future of the Lisbon Treaty in its hands seems also very cueless about the role of a MEP. (His story is very anecdoitcal though). Only 16 percent of the Danes know about the EP elections.
Boyan Yurukov reports a very dangerous, very last-minute national parliamentary action to change the electoral law and thus manipulate the results of the EP election in Bulgaria. This country is not the only one where failed politicians have tried to stay ‘relevant’ with their EP campaign. In Italy, the great master of populist politics, Prime Minister Berlusconi tries to attach a referendum on the national electoral system to the European elections. That would certainly add to the stakes of the common elections, also secure that domestic politics dominate the campaign.
The finish on the upbeat, Andrei Tuch says that although voter apathy in the European elections is not a bug but a feature, it is still useful to try to persuade voters to participate and your vote truly counts. I share his views.Author : Dániel Antal