European Union flags flutter as people take part in the demonstration One Europe for all, a rally against nationalism across the European Union, in Vienna, Austria, May 19, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner PARIS (Reuters Breakingviews) – Many ordinary citizens seem to have lost a clear understanding of why the European Union was constructed and particularly why “more Europe” would be necessary. EU parliamentary elections, which will be held between May 23 and 26, are seen by many as the opportunity to address this issue, perhaps for the first time. That makes the vote one on the future of the bloc, rather than simply a sounding on the popularity of national governments as has been the case in the past. This year’s election has already triggered a real debate about the EU and its direction. Pro-European parties are being asked to explain why they think more integration is needed. And those who advocate more national sovereignty will have to give more details of their vision and how to achieve it. Nor has there ever been so much interaction between national politics and European themes. Parties in different countries are positioning themselves in relation to European parliamentary groups, new alliances are being proposed… Read full this story
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