The second biggest election worldwide is taking place right now. In a few hours we will have results. Do you have predictions, hopes, fears? We can start now and discuss further the more info we get. :)
More Green Party in Ireland overall, which the press seem to think is unreal, but its not anywhere near enough, my local green candidate got 2% of the vote. 'Economic realities' (which are the furthest thing from reality in reality ie. scare tactics) seem to still trump any notion of idealism or hope for the future. Still, Europe's still the best hope for the future at the minute, hence why Trump and Putin try to undermine it at every opportunity, heaven forbid the world has standards (rules), who can exploit it then?
I mean, EU election turnout (even this go-round) is still abysmal compared to elections in almost any developed country. If the EU matters that much, then y'all need to make its democratic mandate(s) more meaningful.
It does really seem like European politics are having a national impact on some countries (e.g., Britain w/ the Lib Dem resurgence) so you are inching closer to Europe mattering more... but still a far cry from the EU really being one of the world's most important institutions. The clout of modern Europe comes from the unity between the countries rather than the supranational structures that Trump, Putin, and others are successfully undermining.
@knyte Fair point on voter turnout. I would assume the reasons for turning up are different too. In the states, ye seem to be driven by venom for the opposing side, its a me vs them attitude. Whereas here, it more seems to be about your opinion or hopes for the future, a bit more open ended, and therefore, non critical. Im not supporting the ethos of not turning up, just explaining the change in attitude. Ye seem to be thoroughly involved in American politics for sure which is great.
TBH, im not too up on my politics as discussions get so heated so quickly, I just see what everyone's blurb is the day before and plan my votes accordingly. I just reckon Capitalism has to change, its base principles are unsustainable. People can get lost in the details sometimes. If im going off point, sorry, thats what i do :)
PS. You're a serious voice of reason on the odd threads that i bother reading :)
On most people's perception, the impact EU parliament brings is not as great as their own country's assembly/parliament/whatever they are called. Unpopular opinion, but i think human nature is the reason why "Economic realities seem to still trump any notion of idealism or hope for the future". In my home town, the same people who made molotovs to fight the system when they are 18, have become the one who defends the system (well when they become the system). It's possible to enlighten yourself but only yourself. There are countries where Green Party becomes a major political force but I would say it's only their name which has green on it lol.
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