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El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Friday, May 9, 2014

European elections: Eurosceptics have achieved their goal

The campaign for the European elections begins today, Friday, in Spain. Regardless how many votes the Eurosceptic parties win, they have already achieved their main goal, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya complains: "The worst economic and financial crisis since the Second World War put the Europeans at the mercy of financial and political elites that demanded ever more and ever greater sacrifices from the people. ... These impositions have facilitated the surge in anti-European sentiment and Euroscepticism. But what matters is not how many seats they win in the European Parliament, but that these forces are already changing the agendas of the mainstream parties. In particular the conservative parties, but also the left-wing groups, are now incorporating discriminatory, xenophobic and immigration-limiting demands that stand in glaring contrast to EU principles into their programmes."

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