Election-time is almost here and most people have probably narrowed their options down to one or two parties. For me personally this year has been an easy choice: in the Netherlands there is only one serious party that has an open-minded stance towards progressive improvements of Europe, the social-liberal D66, so that is where my vote will go.
If only it were that simple.
To me, the real implications of the party groups that are being formed in the EP are still unclear. I understand that if you want to achieve something in a political labyrinth with 736 voices and even more stakeholders you cannot do this alone. However, what I wonder: in what ways does this influence the political behaviour of the politicians we’re sending off to Louise Weiss and the Espace Leopold?
With regards to my vote for D66’s Sophie in ‘t Veld, I ask myself, and you:
And this is not even the most extreme example. On a European level: currently the biggest party in the Netherlands, the moderately Christian CDA will probably be sharing lunch with Berlusconi’s PdL (no explanation necessary). The very Christian CU, being a part of the Independence/Democracy group, will as such be joining the League of Polish Families. A conservative Polish party that besides a whole array of other extremely enlightened ideals seems to be opposed to “the selling of land to foreign nationals (especially German Heimatvertriebene)”.