O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

terça-feira, junho 15, 2004

Eleições Europeias

A Economist comenta os elevados níveis de abstenção e o significativo crescimento da votação nos movimentos euro-cépticos.

What will it all mean for the overall future of the EU? The anti-establishment vote for Eurosceptics, nationalists and anti-corruption campaigners, as well as the low turnout, should serve as a wake-up call for Europe?s leaders. Much post-poll commentary has said that now, finally, Europe?s leaders must make voters feel connected to the EU. But will they? Much the same has been said in the past, as turnout has continued to fall and scepticism about the whole enterprise has continued to grow. In 2003, for the first time, more than half of Europe?s citizens told pollsters that their country?s membership of the EU was not a good thing. Clearly EU leaders have not yet found a way to reverse what seems like an inexorable decline in affection for the European project.

The result of the election will also cast a shadow over the summit between EU leaders that will begin this Thursday in Brussels. The 25 national leaders are hoping to agree a final text for the proposed EU constitution. Among other things, this document is meant to simplify the EU?s workings and make its institutions more open. But finalising the draft will be far from easy. The intervention of lawyers and lobbyists has already contributed to its swelling to more than 200 pages, to include such clearly non-constitutional matters as the ?right? to job counselling.

posted by Miguel Noronha 12:47 da tarde

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