The European elections are almost upon us, elections in an EU that has considerably enlarged in recent years and now has 28 members.
For some membership has meant a total transformation, like in Poland, which has developed in part thanks to 67 billion euros of aid.
We look at a France 2 report.
Transformation for some, but disappointment for others. In several EU nations protests are mounting against the EU’s austerity policies which have seen unemployment explode. Portugal’s students have expressed their anger with Brussels by resorting to humour, often biting and savage in its condemnation. Swiss TV TSR reports.
The European Union is expecting a record low turnout for these elections. 2009’s average was only 43%, so the question is how to reverse the great turn-off on May 25? The Danes tried a provocative advertising campaign featuring a bondage-clad, dolphin-riding cartoon superhero, Voteman. But the ad’s use of sex and violence led to a storm of protests, and it was withdrawn. Portugal’s RTP reports.
Why vote? It’s a question a lot of EU citizens are asking. In fact many don’t know what the parliament’s powers are, or how their vote works. Why go and vote? France 3 decided to ask two women who will be heading to a polling station, especially motivated by one issue: abortion rights.