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by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:40:41 PM EST
TH!NK ABOUT IT - european blogging competition 2009 » Blog Archive » Why there are no true Europe-wide election campaigns - and why I am I a little bit disappointed with TH!NK09

The reason for the first part of the
question - apart from the election system that foresees national lists
- is very simple:

The national parties would need to construct completely new stories to
run a true European election campaign on the national level. They
would need to develop new arguments, inform themselves about what is
going on on the European level, get in touch with their MEPs and
discuss about goals and possibilities, something they haven't done for

But national political parties don't care for what is going on in
Brussels and Strasbourg, they are centred in their little world of
local, regional, and national self-content.

by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:54:28 PM EST
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Anti-EU True Finn Timo Soini coverted into "true European"

I've written about the True Finns party (aka the Ugly Party) before here - and their 'leader' Timo Soini. It is a party of anti-EU small-minded racists. The Finnish KKK.

But they just got some money. And they are high on the perfume of power. Soini has turncoated on everything in the previous platforms and is standing for the European Parliament. They also made a deal with Libertas.

It has been believed that by running for the European Parliament, Soini is just exploiting the fact that the True Finns are on the upswing, with an eye on the next parliamentary elections at home, that he is planning to go to Brussels in order to catch his breath, or to give his successor candidates an opportunity to prove their competence.

      Soini does not deny any one of these allegtions, while claiming that the most important reason for his seeking a seat in the European Parliament is the fact that he has simply changed his opinion.

      "For a long time, I was against running for the European Parliament. Then I suddenly realised that if I do not do this, I will regret it for the rest of my life. Because of the financial crisis, the world is changing rapidly, and now it is time to act", Soini says.

      Goodbye national unity, welcome one Europe! Is this what you thought when you had a change of heart?

      "No, I am not a turncoat. I just changed my mind, it is another matter", Soini commented.

He hasn't changed his mind about anything. Number One always comes first. He is despicable.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 04:20:16 PM EST
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Thanks to the FPs for creating a link to the European election diaries on the splash page!

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 04:50:01 PM EST
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Sassafras did the logo AND the Salon links, so thanks to Sassafras!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 10:34:21 AM EST
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