Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Will UK Labour return EU Conservatives to power?

A few days ago we read the following headline on EurActiv: Will UK Tories return EU Socialists to power?

In a great show of sportsmanship Gordon Brown has now evened the odds: Will UK Labour return EU Conservatives to power?

As far as I know, Brown is now the third PES (Party of European Socialists) affiliated prime minister to endorse a new five year term for José Manuel Barroso at the head of the Commission.

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What can I say?

I feel really sorry for the PES activists who spent time and energy debating the 2009 election manifesto.

Why should nearly 400 million Europeans vote if totally ignored ─ in advance ─ by an electoral college of 27?

Why should European taxpayers finance political parties at European level and their foundations to the tune of 18 million euros a year, if the choice of candidates for the top spot is as abundant as in North Korea?

Ralf Grahn