I may not have blogged this month at all, but I’ve definitely read what you guys (and girls) have debated here and thank you for keeping my mind Euro-active during all these days of writing absence Several things have occured in March in Romania with respect to the European elections and I recommend George’s entries about them. I’ll briefly highlight now and of course open for discussion the topic of glamour EP candidates (and some of them eventually EP members).
As some of you may know, the daughter of the Romanian president is running for the European elections. A bit of a scandal in a nutshell in itself, this information is all the more interesting if one explores the profile of the president’s daughter. I don’t mean to be sarcastic in any way and I will not be so. Ms. Elena Basescu is a beautiful young woman in her late 20s. She’s renowned for her Gucci shoes and Louis Vuitton bags. And for her job as a well paid model. At least this is how tabloids portray her. Always having coffee in preppy cafes in downtown Bucharest and showing off her glam outfits in night clubs.
To this adds up the fact she climbed up very fast in the hierarchy of the democrat - liberal party in Romania, probably 20 times faster than her peers. Just because, people claim, she’s daddy’s daughter. At the same time some of her public speeches contained grammar mistakes which of course the media made fun of for days. Nonetheless, things seemed to have changed now.
Ms. Basescu seems determined to show Romanians she can be a serious voice in Romanian and European politics. She hasn’t given up the expensive outfits, but she doesn’t want to be associated with illicit influences from her father. Volunteers from this party are still gathering signatures for her, but officially she is an independent candidate.
Where am I heading with all this? I am wondering whether candidates such as Elena Basescu are positive or negative for the general workings of the European Parliament. Surely, they seem frivolous and unprepared for real politics. At the same time, newspapers are invaded by their campaign and journalists are suckers for any public appearance these characters have. What if they become MEPs? What if such “colourful” characters really manage to give a boost to the European Parliament? Helped with advisors and all that apparatus, of course. What if they can actually drive the attention of unsophisticated people towards the European Parliament? What if it’s only such flamboyant controversial people that can actually sparkle a real discussion around the EP?