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Berlingske - Denmark | Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ukraine crisis must unite Europe's voters

The fact that Ukraine's presidential elections and the EU elections are both scheduled for May 25 has almost symbolic dimensions given that the crisis in Ukraine highlights what the elections to the European Parliament are really about, the liberal-conservative daily Berlingske observes: "One can only hope that Europe's voters realise how important a strong EU is. The West's clout is declining rapidly, and if our belief in the principles of democracy, the rule of law and the protection of minorities are to prevail in the world we must work together. ... It is no mere coincidence that the right-wing nationalist protest parties within the EU are at the same time those that sympathise most with Russia's desire to use Ukraine as a buffer zone. Nigel Farage of the British Ukip, for instance, expressed great admiration for Putin. ... The protest parties are right about the EU needing to be improved. But they are wrong about being better off outside it. Just ask Ukraine."

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