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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:03:19 AM EST
Anxious moments for EU leaders as sceptic Irish and Czechs vote | Politics | The Guardian

Ireland and the Czech Republic, the two biggest obstacles to reform of the EU's Lisbon treaty, went to the polls today on the second day of the four-day election marathon for the European parliament.

With Václav Klaus, the Czech president, climate change denier and Europhobe, urging Czechs to cast a vote against Brussels, European leaders were anxiously watching to see if either of the two ­countries would copy the anti-EU triumph in the Netherlands of Geert Wilders, the anti-immigration populist.

Wilders' Freedom party shook the Dutch political establishment in the first of the 27 elections for the European parliament yesterday by coming second with 17% of the ballot, almost tripling his vote from Dutch general elections in 2006.

"A breakthrough," he called it today, attacking the traditional parties for trying to erect what he called a "cordon sanitaire" around him.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:50:39 AM EST
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EurActiv.com - French liberals rebel against Barroso | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
The French Liberals will not vote for the re-appointment of José Manuel Barroso as president of the next European Commission, their leader François Bayrou announced on a talkshow yesterday (4 June).

Speaking during a pre-electoral debate on French public television station France 2, the president of the liberal MoDem party, François Bayrou, said his party would oppose the re-appointment of Barroso, which needs the endorsement of the European Parliament.

Bayrou was in tune with European Greens co-president Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who long ago launched a 'Stop Barroso' campaign (EurActiv 30/03/09) . He also struck similar chords with Socialist leader Martine Aubry, also present at the debate, who has campaigned in past months to see Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister and current president of the Party of European Socialists (PES), to succeed Barroso.

Aubry explained that the PES had not come up with an alternative candidate so far because Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero had insisted that he would back Barroso out of Iberian solidarity, amid fears that the EPP would otherwise come up with "some Berlusconi friend". According to recent polls, Berlusconi would possibly send the largest national group to the European People's Party (EPP), expected to be the largest group in the next European Parliament.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:53:17 AM EST
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Transnational devotion - European Elections : europa, europe | euronews

Who goes to the trouble of campaigning across Europe in its parliamentary elections? Danish liberal MEP Johannes Lebech is one of the rare few -- by train and as far as his feet will carry him.

Lebech said: "This European campaign I'm making is first of all to underline that the European election is not 27 national elections, but a European election and that's why I'm travelling all around Europe."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:00:00 PM EST
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The European Citizen: European Elections 2009: Polling Day 2
The European elections have opened up in Ireland and for the first day in the Czech Republic.

[Edit: I'll add in a small "contents" for this post, considering it's size].

- Ireland.
- Czech Republic.
- UK.
- Northern Ireland.

Ireland:

In Ireland, where there are local as well as European elections (and 2 by-elections), turnout is looking to be pretty healthy on early indications. Politically, I don't think there's much to add since Wednesday/Thursday and on the news I've commented on before then.

It still looks like 2-3 seats at the most will change hands, with Dublin the closest battle ground - Eoin Ryan (FF/ELDR), Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin/GUE-NGL)and Joe Higgins (Socialist Party/Non-Aligned) have been very close in the polls. It will be interesting to see if the interventions by politicians on possible alliances and how to transfer will have much effect on the third seat race there.
by Fran on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 03:59:35 PM EST
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Watching the eurosceptics | Presseurop

Opponents of the Lisbon Treaty, anti-capitalists, far-right extremists - dissenting parties may well be the major winners in the European elections, but what weight will they carry in the future parliament? wonders the European press.

Analysis of polls and results of the vote in the Netherlands suggest that Eurosceptics will be more numerous in the next parliament. As Polish daily Dziennik reports, the prospective alliance between British Conservatives, the Polish Law and Justice party and the Czech ODS has supporters of the Lisbon Treaty breaking out in a cold sweat, especially since this group may become the second largest force in Parliament, with the added anxiety that it will possibly benefit from the support of a extreme-right group led by Jean-Marie Le Pen and the Netherlands' Geert Wilders. If the Eurosceptics win enough votes, worries Dziennik, the European Union will have to postpone projects for common diplomatic initiatives, and plans to appoint a President of the European Union and a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Not all Eurosceptics are extremists, however, though extremists may be well be major winners in the current elections. German weekly Die Zeit reports that at least 12 extreme-right parties are expected to send representatives to Brussels and Strasbourg. "The extreme-right has now established a powerful network in Europe," it claims, and traditional parties have been unable to devise a strategy to oppose them. "All too often, democratic parties avoid taking these groups to task in constructive debate, but simply tolerate them with a condescending smile," says political analyst Britta Schellenberg. They tend "to respond on a strictly local level instead of reasoning in terms of Europe."

by Fran on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 04:07:45 PM EST
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I will probably be at a local valvaka - party will waiting for results - tonight so I figured I'll post two tools for the swedish result:

Background by moi. And results by the swedish election authority as polling stations get their counting done, first results by 22:00.

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 03:48:22 AM EST
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