Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Rebirth for the European Left?

An interesting piece by Honor Mahony at the EU Observer, concerning the lack of political strength the Left has gained in EU politics during this economic crisis.
“The economic crisis is not expected to result in a major swing to the left in the European elections, new statistics predict, while the nature of the European Parliament is expected to be changed by an increase in eastern European politicians in the biggest political group.

Some socialists have suggested that the ongoing economic crisis, largely seen as being the result of laissez-faire right wing policies, would see them cash in at the ballot boxes in June.

However, the research suggests this will not happen due to the predicted results in the EU's six largest member states – Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Spain and Poland, accounting for 56 percent of the seats in the parliament – where the centre-left is "not expected to do well.”

In related news, the Drink Soaked Trots bring to my attention this news from Moldova.
The ruling Communist Party has won the general election in Moldova.

The party, which is led by President Vladimir Voronin, had secured 50% with almost all of the ballots counted.

Vadim Denisov seems to think that the communists winning will bring about a "Twitter Revolution." He writes:
"Ever since yesterday's announcement that Moldova's communists have won enough votes to form a government in Sunday's elections, Moldova's progressive youth took to the streets in angry protests. As behooves any political protest by young people today, they also turned to Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness about the planned protests and flashmobs. Led by youth NGOs like HydePark and ThinkMoldova, the protests began very peacefully - as a flashmob, where young people were simply supposed to hold lit candles in the vicinity of the square.

However, this morning things got out of hand - and, with or without Twitter's help, the crowd got much larger, reaching as many as 10,000 people, who first picketed Election Commission headquarters, the president’s residence (windows are reported to be broken - and there are also reports that this building has been stormed), and other government buildings before storming the building of the Moldovan Parliament, which happens to be just across the road."


jams o donnell said...

My biggest fear is that the BNP scum will gain representation for the first time.

Roland Dodds said...

I pray that the BNP won’t get that Jams. Hopefully when I am living there in a few months time, I can do what is necessary to stop such groups from taking office.