Building on the party program, Adrian Meyronnet denounced the UMP’s European minimalism. This subject has interested you since this article was the most read this week. Yet on Friday, Alain Lamassoure, UMP-PPE candidate for the Ile-de-France (region of Paris), held a meeting. He gave us an interview, to find in our article, and prefers to carry the guilt of minimalism to others than his party.
We also lived the European Day this week. The Town Hall of Paris held its annual event, Faites l’Europe (Make Europe), as sluggish as last year although it is an election year. In London, the picture is even bleaker: 70 years after the frank enthusiasm, commemorations and other speeches have disappeared in favor of inertia.
I have a bad feeling. But I see a will in youth, those who are sometimes born with dual citizenship (national and European, that is to say, since the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992): the Conseil Parisien de la Jeunesse (Parisian Youth Council) under the auspices of the Town Hall of Paris and the European House of Paris is organizing a promising political speed dating on May 16th.
There are past and present enthusiasm but the campaign has not yet found stride; will it find one?
It sometimes happens to have a presentiment that we would hunt because we dislike it, but it remains. I have a feeling that even on May 25, the last day of this European elections, they will not make the news. Why? I set aside specific factors of this campain: it is what we write in our articles for weeks. I rather think the other events of the same day, including:
– the end of the Cannes Film Festival. This only red carpet can obscure the polls offered to 500 million of Europeans
– the Ukrainian elections
– the beginning of the tournament at Roland Garros. Following a yellow ball is easier than trying to unravel the mysteries of the European intricacies
– in general, the notorious lack of interest from media
Even Mother’s Day will probably make more news that European parliamentary elections, all seeming good excuses to talk about something else. I’m not saying that either of these events is less important that the European elections. I just fear that European elections will be neglected by mainstream media. Yet for the first time, our vote will have a direct impact on the choice of the next President of the Commission.
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Hubert Camus (translated from French)