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El País - Spain | Monday, December 9, 2013

Elections turn Europeans against Europeans

The British government wants to continue restricting the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania, which is supposed to apply as of January 1, 2014. With such steps Europe is shooting itself in the foot, the left-liberal daily El País comments: "Election tactics are behind the refusal to coexist with citizens from poorer regions despite their being members of the EU. Some governments have chosen the European Commission as the target of their criticism, which is like holding the European community responsible for all the problems that right-wing extremists, isolationists and anti-European parties use as propaganda. It's no longer enough to raise the spectre of non-European immigrants; now the Europeans themselves are being used as bogeymen: the inhabitants of Northern and Central Europe are being pitched against those of the South or the East. A bad atmosphere in which to hold the European elections next year."

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