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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 2nd, 2009 at 11:11:03 AM EST
Grahnlaw: Barroso and I - European elections
Euronews in European elections - EPP backs Barros mandate II tells us:

"The center-right European People's Party has given public backing to the re-appointment of Jose Manuel Barroso for a second term as the president of the European Commission.

The EPP's unanimous decision came at the end of the party's two-day congress in Warsaw, at which it launched its European Parliament election campaign."


What has this backing to do with me?

It is no great surprise that Barroso's own political fraction, the European People's Party (EPP), endorses a new five year term for him at the helm of the Commission.

However, in the spirit of the Treaty of Lisbon and within the possibilities of the Treaty of Nice, I had expected each political party at European level to nominate its own candidate for the post.
by Fran on Sat May 2nd, 2009 at 12:24:26 PM EST
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What are Eurosceptic voters really voting for ? - Euros du Village
Merely seducing, or potentially convincing ? A personal analysis of Euroscepticism

With the European parliamentary elections coming up, parties have started preparing their campaign in view of attracting as many voters as possible. At this point in time where it is believed that the European Union finds itself in a crisis, the so-called Eurosceptic parties will undoubtedly be followed very closely by the other political groupings, the media and political scientists. The Euros seize the opportunity to take a closer look at those parties which pro-Europeans fear, but often also ignore. A personal analysis of what Euroscepticism really means.

Indeed, watching the campaign launches by certain Eurosceptic parties on television, I was wondering if, agnostically speaking, I could be convinced by the arguments Eurosceptic parties put forward. And if, on the basis of the often-mentioned manifestos or programmes, I could vote for a Eurosceptic party. This formed the start of a brief research on the party websites of the British UK Independence Party, the French Front National and the Belgian/Flemish Vlaams Belang. I considered these three parties as Eurosceptic parties, although this term is more often misused than used rightly. For this reason, it is perhaps first important to consider what exactly Euroscepticism means, as opposed to e.g. Eurocriticism, Europhobia or anti-EU programmes.

by Fran on Sat May 2nd, 2009 at 12:27:39 PM EST
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Interesting article but, based on its own definition, how on earth does UKIP (I am not familiar with the other two) get considered a Eurosceptic rather than an anti-EU party? It is pretty clear about about wanting the UK out of the EU.
by det on Sun May 3rd, 2009 at 08:17:23 AM EST
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