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Across this great continent of ours a slight sense of desperation hangs over the European elections: the real world isn't paying attention.

In the Czech city of Plzen campaigners hand out spices that go with feathered game on behalf of a candidate whose name translates as... Mr Game. Those who stop to listen get a cook book with recipes from the 27 EU countries and a picture of the MEP in a chef's hat.

In France, at one rally in a very plush auditorium, the audience are all but outnumbered by the candidates, who answer questions with the eager enthusiasm of an estate agent flogging a haunted house that's perched on the edge of a cliff.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 01:01:28 PM EST
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Well, let's be honest. whoever does the pr campaign for the EU needs to be fired. The whole Libertas Irish referendum fiasco demonstrated how completely divorced from reality these people are. And if they're divorced from the electorate, why should the electorate care  ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 05:11:48 PM EST
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Which national politician is going to step up to (i) admit that the Euro-MPs are more important than him/her and (ii) defend the insitutions that s/he uses to shield him/herself from unpleasant questions when nasty decisions are taken ("it's Europe wot made me do it")?

And which media, which is populated by people with the same kind of populist cynicism you display on this topic (and you know this is the one thing I disagree with you on most here on ET), will show the public otherwise?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 06:06:03 AM EST
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It's only populist if you're not listening to what people are saying, and ignoring what they're thinking.

Which is fine. When there's a new crop of unpleasant and unwelcome Euro-sceptic MEPs, perhaps Wallstrom and the rest will pause to wonder why their message isn't getting out to the real world.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 06:25:23 AM EST
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because playing to prejudice against Europe is an excellent tactic for the euroskpetical right (cf Colman's fp story right now), by playing on nationalism and anti-elitism to undermine the only entity that could have a chance of effectively regulating the elites of each country, which oh-so-easily go jurisdiction shopping.

The only bit of "Europe" that's discredited by this is the regulatory bit, not the deregulatory bit, as one requires politicla capital and support, and the other can take place by stealth in the current toxic environment, protected by "populism"

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 07:54:51 AM EST
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you're confusing message and messanger. Irrespective of the various national climates that the EU pr people face when creating their narratives, it should be abundantly clear that the narratives they create are not just unheard, but are crashing and burning when they are.

Is not a definition of madness around doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. They need a new narrative, a different approach. And if they can't see that, then they should be fired.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 01:34:50 PM EST
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