May 23, 2014

Could Europe Get a Self-Hating Parliament?

Tracy McNicoll, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

Four hundred million citizens in 28 countries are invited to cast their ballots for a new European Parliament this week, starting with the British and Dutch on Thursday. And for the first time, a motley band of anti-establishment radicals looks poised to thrive as Europe’s third political force, making the next five years a wild, bruising ride for the parliament in Strasbourg and also for their home countries.

In France and the Netherlands, founding European Union nations, a pair of anti-Europe firebrands—the emblematic blond menaces Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders—may even outdo mainstream parties to win the day.

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TAGGED: European Union, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Euroskeptics

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