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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, November 14, 2013

The fight for Europe has begun

Marine Le Pen's much publicised visit to The Hague has kicked off the campaign for the European Parliament elections, comments the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: "Those who support European cooperation seem unable to do anything to counter the Eurosceptics' offensive. They have already fallen behind [in the polls on the European elections]. High time, one would think, to take up Wilders' challenge and start coming up with good candidates, convincing messages and active contributions by the party leaders. But instead the parties are pushing unknown candidates to the fore and hoping that the damage will be limited by a low voter turnout. In doing so they are showing scant regard for the voters, and this will only strengthen the latter's sense of alienation vis-à-vis the European project."

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