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When I worked in France I used to confuse my colleagues whenever I mentioned Europe. I used to blather on, 'now that I live and work in Europe'.
Of course, their inevitable response would be: 'but you lived in Europe before, when you were in the UK. The UK is part of the Europe you know'.
Only the British could say, as they did in a famous newspaper headline in the 1950s, 'fog in Channel, Continent cut off.' It is any wonder that we don't know as much as we ought to about European politics? (In fairness, the Channel is very foggy-see above).
So today, the day of the elections to the European Parliament, we have produced a quick 'cheat sheet' on them.
Here's what you need to know:
Moreover, the 2014 elections are the first to be held under the Lisbon Treaty which gave the European Parliament greater influence over the choice of President of the European Commission.
(If you want to know more about how this new process will work (or won't work-it isn't exactly clear at the time of writing), the BBC's Gavin Hewitt has written a blog piece on this; and on the debate held recently by the candidates for this position.)
The theory is that these elections are moving us t
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