The ‘pitchfork-wielding populists’ in the EU Parliament

EU Parliament Photo
The European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France. Mainstream centre-right and centre-left blocs of MEPs still have a majority in the parliament, writes Gwynne Dyer.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 06/11/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 06/11/2014 12:34 am EDT

“There is no doubt that many populist, Eurosceptic and even nationalistic parties are entering the European Parliament,” said the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, after all the votes in the May 25 election for the European Union’s parliament had been counted. He did not say that the barbarian hordes were at the EU’s gates, but he probably thought it.

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