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"Hi," I've said, 100 times and more. "My name's Jonny Dymond, I work for the BBC and I'm going round Europe ahead of the European Parliament elections and I'm trying to find out what people think of the EU. Are you going to vote? What do you think the big issues are?"

Some people engage willingly. A fair few look for a nurse or a policeman to help. Most people's eyes glaze over at the mention of the words "European Parliament".

They generally re-engage at the phrase "EU".

In some countries I thought I knew what was going to come. In many I was surprised.

"I would rather have met you today," I told a school teacher in Latvia, "than interviewed five prime ministers".

The fantastic thing about talking to people - as I have mentioned too often to friends and family - is that that they say such interesting things.

by Fran on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 01:34:24 PM EST
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