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Zoomers

  The European Parliamentary elections in May revealed an interesting trend in the changing political landscape of Europe. The first and most obvious indicator of an increasingly febrile continent was the high voter turnout. Since 1979 when nearly 62% of EU citizens voted in Parliamentary elections, the turnout has steadily declined, reaching a record low of 43% in 2009 and increasing by a meager 0.9% in the subsequent 2014 elections. The 2019 election is reported to be 50.9% which would make it the highest turnout in twenty years.   This is significant for several reasons, chiefly that the EU parliamentary elections have largely become a method for European citizens to voice the more ardent of their ideologies and political beliefs. Most understand that while they may not agree completely with

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germany-france

  For a long time the real power in the European Union, though hidden behind by high-sounding concepts like ‘more Europe,’ ‘solidarity’ and less sovereignty for the hoi polloi (read Eastern Europe) nations, as in majority rather than unanimous voting. All of this was based on a putative French-German agreement about the key issues of the alliance, which, more often than not, has been based on an assumed rather than real unanimity of views by the two major powers in continental Europe. As if to allay their own doubts and those of the Euro-sceptics about this, Germany and France moved to sign the Aachen Treaty in early 2019. A treaty that conjures up a bipolar domination of Europe that few outside of these two countries would willingly subscribe to. This