A timely and very informative post regarding the EU elections. Just who and what is one voting for?
This election has very little to do with national parties; rather, it is who those parties are associated with in Brussels. For instance, in the Czech Republic, one is not really voting for the candidates of ANO, but for the policies of Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE group leader) and Emmanuel Macron. On the other hand, one may have legitimate concerns with the direction of the ODS Party, but it may be a viable choice in this election considering its grouping in the EU Parliament.
Whatever one thinks of the ANO Party, we hardly believe the open-border extremist and leader of ALDE (Verhofstadt) is a good fit for the culture of the Czech Republic. Czechs are not interested in the multicult ‘no-go-zones’ of Belgium.
The text in this post is excellent, although the V4 Report believes the photo could be improved. For example, the picture of Austria’s Sebastian Kurz was probably meant to be the FPO leader HC Strache…and despite the current grouping, we still have a difficult time equating Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski (PiS) with Britain’s Teresa May.
Nevertheless, the translated post (original linked below) is a gem and a must read for any voter.
– Translated post (Czech) 👉 The party we choose will have four people in the 751-member European Parliament. So how does one vote for change?
It may be a nice thought to choose a national party one is favorable to, or to reject a party one is opposed to, but this would not be a wise strategy concerning the elections to the EU Parliament.
Upon arriving in Brussels, the party will join a European grouping (faction). When voting, MEPs receive a list of votes and recommendations on how to vote. As a general rule, MEPs from one faction, in most cases, vote unanimously. (An exception may be Fidesz of Hungary.)
If I think on the scale of our Czech political parties, I will naturally wonder how the four deputies will represent the country for me in Europe. But that can’t work. You cannot defeat the laws of mathematics, even if you stand on your head.
So you need to think in a pan-European format. If you look at what they really represent and who they are connected to, you get a better overview of what your choice will mean.
This is what the media and the parties conceal from you. Does TOP09 and KDU-CSL boast in their advertising that they will vote with Merkel and Juncker? Do Babis and ANO promote the vision of Verhofstadt with the “threshing machine” Macron? Did you know that insignificant parties on the verge of extinction (5%), such as TOP09, KDU-CSL and CSSD, actually determine European policy and are responsible for what comes from Brussels?
Do you want to change something? Then stop thinking on the scale of our Czech sandbox. Our local aversion to various local politicians has no role at all. Think what faction in the European Parliament you would vote for. Four politicians from your chosen party who sit for you in the European Parliament will not have the power to determine the policy of the faction. Therefore, it is vital to go to the elections and support the faction that will represent you.
What the media shows is just foolish. Forget the stickers, rigged surveys, and how much space a party gets in the media. It’s insignificant. Choose according to your mind.