Analysis

Imperfect mirror: the new European Parliament and ‘European’ politics

2 Jun 2014
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EU/Eurozone

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After last weekend’s European Parliamentary elections, the new European legislature has begun to compose itself for the next five year term. As usual, the multiple political markets of the EU have sent a wide mix of parties to a chamber that is very imperfect snapshot of the mood across Europe. The composition of the Parliament matters for its likely approach to legislation and it has reflected a turbulent political picture, but the extent of that turbulence can only really be understood on a national level, where the impacts will be felt most.

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