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*).
Other articles by Jon Danzig:
- What Nigel Farage told British expats in Spain
- The Free Movement of People – It works both ways
- The value of being Citizens of Europe