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Writing for (y)EU | Europe is nothing but a big bad wolf

I was recently on holidays in Greece, where I tried to see among my close relatives if they would indeed vote in the European elections. Being a strong believer in the European dream, I was very disappointed to hear the excuse "it is unfortunate that Sunday 7th of June, the date of the European elections in Greece (and other countries), coincides with a long weekend (Monday the 8th is "Day of the Holy Spirit" and thus public holiday)... Are we to come back from the beach and vote?"

Never on Sunday? Hmm. Though it was not the first time that I heard an excuse about not voting, it hurt. The reason is difficult to explain. It goes beyond the fact that I work for the European Parliament, beyond my strong faith in the EU. How can I tell people that (whatever) their vote is valuable without being labelled as a brainwashed eurocrat? I am searching to do it through a story... Maybe Europe is an ugly frog that can turn into a prince if we kiss it? No, that's not it. How is Europe (conveniently?) seen today by many people? As a big bad wolf. That's it, that's my story and that's my reason for voting, however over simplistic it might look to some.

by Fran on Wed Apr 29th, 2009 at 02:30:40 PM EST
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For those not aware, the 60s Greece based romcom "Never on a sunday" is widely attributed to the popularisation of bellydance in the USA.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 29th, 2009 at 03:41:25 PM EST
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