Young people chose Europe!
The European Parliament elections are over, with the liberal wing sighing with relief, while the right wingers can smugly point to the increase to 25% of representation in the world’s second largest democratically-elected parliament. The good news is that the elections gained something of a new momentum. Since its first-ever direct elections in 1979, the voter turnout has continuously shrunk, while this year there was an increased participation – almost 9% more than the previous elections. This positive trend suggests that people are interested in Europe again. More good news is that the populists and nationalists are contained, and hysteria of a genuine cleavage among pro-EU and anti-EU populist forces is over.
Recent elections to the European Parliament produced better results than one could have expected, and for a simple reason: the silent pro-European majority has spoken. What they said is that they want to preserve the values on which the European Union was founded. EP elections used to be a boring affair, forsaken by voters and barely noticed by the media. But this election broke the mould, capturing attention as it confounded expectations.
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