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RTE News - Ireland | 20/05/2014

European elections: Blockade policy would help EU opponents

According to the latest surveys on the European elections, Eurosceptic parties may make major advances in several countries and secure additional seats in the European Parliament. But if the major parliamentary groups form an alliance to curb the influence of the populists, this strategy could backfire, columnist Tom Connelly warns on the blog of the Irish state broadcaster RTE: "The threat posed by the fringes may well mean that Europe's two big political families, the centre right Christian Democrats (EPP) and the centre left socialists (PES) will be forced, in the end, to collaborate in order to get key legislation through the parliament and into law. For some, while this would be a necessary expedient to prevent the parliament from grinding to a halt if the wreckers win enough seats, it would also be bad for the EU image, as it would confirm the eurosceptic narrative of the establishment ganging up on what the eurosceptics would see as 'the people'."

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