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But what baffles me now is why the PES - even if it is divided and unlikely to win a majority - doesn't at least campaign for an alternative to the Barroso agenda - if only to improve its representation and bargaining position after the election.
Oppositions don't always win. But they do have a valid role in a democracy acting as an opposition. What the socialist seem to be saying to the electorate is that they are not up to the job of opposition, never mind government.
So why wouldn't the electorate turn to a variety of nationalist/proto fascist snake oil salesmen if they are unhappy with the status quo? The proto-Fascists/Eurosceptics are the only ones presenting an anti-status quo message - however falsely - and thus are likely to shape the dominant narrative of the coming EP.
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The fact that the PES challenged the Liberals and not the Conservatives in the exchange of open letters that opened the EP campaign is telling in this respect. They see the Liberals' challenge for second place as more important/viable than their own challenge of the EPP for first place.
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