May 29, 2014
I read the results of Sunday’s European elections as the consequences of going against our common European mission and values.
Some of us have thrown away our democratic rights. The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracies obtained at a very high price and after many struggles. And yet on Sunday we witnessed the second lowest turnout at European elections. Only 44% of voters showed up at voting stations compared to 62% in 1979 (the first European elections). When we choose silence over voting, we accept that others decide for us. For example 52% of French voters believe that being part of the EU is a good thing. But 57% did not vote and the political party that calls for an exit from the EU came first out of the ballot boxes.
Some of us went against European democratic values. Article 3 TEU reminds us that the Union “shall combat […]