Voting takes place in 28 countries over four days for 751 seats in the European Parliament (photo: dpa)

Pro-EU parties likely to hold control despite public opinion

The traditional apathy of voters selecting members for the European Parliament is spiced by a wave of protest parties across Europe who stand against the very concept of the European Union. But public opinion, represented by these political minnows, is unlikely to be the winner as the major parties close ranks and unite against them.

<i>This month’s European parliamentary elections are likely to see a traditionally low turnout. But this time we shall also witness the arrival of a relatively large number of anti-EU members. Will they make a difference and will they change the nature and direction of EU politics and policy-making? The newcomers will certainly provoke vociferous d...

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Professor Enrico Colombatto
The newcomers would be allowed to win tactical victories to save face, but they would be de facto marginalised
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