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Europe Moves – ‘An EU earthquake’

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The headlines speak for themselves – but do they speak for you? Supporters of the European Union now have a huge task ahead to speak more loudly, more persuasively and, most importantly, more unitedly, to win over the hearts and minds of our continent’s half-a-billion citizens.

Anti-EU parties have made huge gains in the European Parliament elections 2014 and caused what the headlines are describing as an ‘earthquake’. But despite this, pro-EU parties still retain the most seats in the European Parliament, and the European Peoples Party* – strong supporters of the European Union project – is still Europe’s biggest party with the most MEPs.  

To ensure that the European Union survives and thrives in the years and decades to come, there needs to be significant change, with more democracy devolving to the European Parliament, and to the citizens of our continent. In addition, the shocking misinformation about the EU needs to be robustly challenged and corrected.

But one thing we should not tamper with is the fundamental, founding principle of the European Union: the free movement of goods, services, capital and people (the 4 freedoms*). 

European Union 2014 election results

Although the anti-EU party, UKIP, won the most European Parliament seats in the UK, in Europe as a whole, the pro-EU parties still dominate. The biggest party is still the pro-EU EPP (European Peoples Party).

*In the UK, the pro-EU ‘European Peoples Party’ – by far the biggest in Europe – is represented by the 4 Freedoms Party, after the Conservative Party decided to leave the EPP in 2009. 

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3 Responses to Europe Moves – ‘An EU earthquake’

  1. avatar Marcel says:

    Since there is no ‘European demos’, the EU (undemocratic Eurosoviet Union) is by definition undemocratic (and deliberately democratic, as intended by Jean Monnet, no friend of democracy).

    The European parliament (Eurosoviet Duma) is neither democratically elected, nor a real parliament, nor representative of a single ‘demos’, in fact the mandates are national, not ‘EU-ian’.

    The Commission is a Soviet style Politburo without legitimacy, no government was ever given a mandate to build an undemocratic layer of government on top of itself with Eurosoviet Kommissars overruling elected democratic national governments.

    And the less said about the wealth-destroying Euro (robbing the poor and middle class to enrich rich Franco-German bankers) the better.

  2. avatar Ella Vine says:

    I agree with Jon – there should be no tampering with the 4 European freedoms!

  3. avatar Jon Danzig says:

    Marcel, I strongly object to your use of the term Eurosoviet Union in relation to the European Union. This shows no understanding or respect for those people who truly suffered and were horribly murdered in their millions under the Communist and Nazi regimes. There is absolutely no comparison with the EU and the USSR. Such comparisons are reckless, childish and nonsensical.

    The EU has democracy, human rights and free market trade as the non-negotiable membership requirements for all members. All member states of the EU volunteered to join, and all are free to leave at any time.

    The USSR was not a democracy, but a one-party state. There were no human rights, or respect for life. There was no free market, but a state controlled one. Member states of the Soviet Union were forced to join, under threat of violence that was often used to bludgeon any member state that didn’t comply. No countries caught up the Soviet sphere of control were free to leave, until the Soviet empire itself collapsed.

    As far as I am concerned, any Eurosceptic that tries to claim that the European Union is the same as the Soviet Union has lost the argument.

    Rational readers who want to learn more about one country’s 60-year struggle from the Soviet Union to the European Union may wish to read my article: ‘Latvia: From Soviet Union to European Union’

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