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I'm not sure even that would work. MEPs are still elected by voters that don't really think it matters, because MEPs don't have any real power.

It is still seen as a 'kicked sideways' dumping ground. An ex-PM of Finland (Anneli Jäteenmäki, who was forced to resign in disgrace) is apparently wandering around making no contribution at all - either because she is language-challenged or is using the 'well-paid holiday' in Brussels to plot her comeback in Finland.

Give the MEPs real power as a 'lower chamber' and give the commisioners a pan-european unifying role, modelling them more on the Senate. Perhaps 4 from each country.

Then voting for MEPs would have more meaning.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 26th, 2005 at 12:43:33 PM EST
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