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The PES needs to adopt its place as the "leader of the opposition" in the European Union given that the EPP is the majority party by a long shot. However, due to the fact that most national member parties have recently been in power, they have a hard time adopting this "natural opposition" role. They also want too much to "play nice" and are too ready to enter into "grand coalition" power-sharing agreements with the EPP.

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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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 10:24:37 AM EST
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