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EU voters don't have Turkey on their minds - Radio Netherlands Worldwide - English

To one voter, the forthcoming European Union elections are a veiled referendum on Brussels as Big Brother. To another, a veiled referendum on Turkish EU membership. Or on immigration. Who's right?

A selection of remarks from the Dutch campaign:

  • "If it's a choice between torture or saving civilian lives, then I say torture" - Eline van den Broek of Libertas.
  • "The interests of the Netherlands always take priority" - Hans van Baalen of the conservative VVD party.
  • "Turkey: never in the EU" - Barry Madlener of the rightwing Freedom Party.

If politicians can't agree what the European elections are about, no wonder the voters are turning away in confusion. But ask the same voters to say what they see as important themselves, and it turns out they do have clear priorities.

by Fran on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 01:55:36 PM EST
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EU voters don't have Turkey on their minds - Radio Netherlands Worldwide - English

So what is important to the people who fill in the EU Profiler? Firstly, the promotion of sustainable energy, even if it means higher energy prices. Here there seems to be quite a degree of unanimity in Europe, because the issue scores highly in nearly every country.

On other topics, opinion is divided. For example, on the desirability of health care privatisation. In the Netherlands this is barely matter for debate, but in Sweden, Italy, Poland and Austria it heads the list.

by Nomad on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 05:09:00 PM EST
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