Don’t destroy the nation state, say voters

It is “always difficult to distil the many and varied messages that electorates send politicians into a single story”, says The Times; even more so when the electorate is spread across 28 nations. Whichever way you look at the result of last week’s European elections, they were “terrible” for integration.

From The National Front in France to Syriza in Greece, far-right nationalist and hard-left parties, who won a third of the seats in the EU parliament, delivered the same verdict: they do not like the direction the EU is taking.

The response will be informed by the “distinct and incompatible” visions [...]

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