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Bertoncini, Yves

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Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | 03/12/2013

EU populists could taint mainstream parties

Populist and Eurosceptic parties are set to win additional seats in the European elections in May 2014, according to recent polls. But the acid test will be whether the mainstream parties change their policies as a result, EU experts Yves Bertoncini and Valentin Kreilinger write on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: "The numerical increase of populist forces will not notably affect the functioning of the EP, which will remain largely based on the compromises built between the dominant political groups. This reflects the positions of the overwhelming majority of EU citizens. The uncertainty as to whether the mainstream political groups and parties might embrace the analyses and recommendations formulated by populist forces is probably the most serious political threat for the EU as a whole."

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