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Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

EU elections need new faces

The European People's Party (EPP) is considering sending the former prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, into the race for the European elections. The social democrats and the liberals are also committing the mistake of having long-serving EU politicians as their leading candidates, the conservative daily Financial Times comments: "Mr Juncker is an experienced policy maker at EU level. But neither he nor his socialist and liberal rivals command enough public respect to overcome the rising distrust for traditional parties and EU institutions. ... It is as if, in their clumsy blindness, Europe's centre-right, centre-left and centrist parties are inviting voters to wreak revenge, either by voting in May's elections for anti-establishment and anti-EU movements or by not bothering to vote at all."

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