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In the middle of the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression the European Union asks its citizenry to cast their votes for the new European parliament . Yes five years have already past since the last election.

375 million voters in 27 EU-States will determine the constitution of the next parliament. The UK and the Netherlands are the first to vote. The vote will be particular explosive in the UK, where a political scandal around the Labor Party and Chancellor Brown has crippled the government.

We will know first results on Sunday, after all polling stations are closed. Remarkably Netherland has announced that it will publish results tonight. Does not sound very democratic to me.

Advanced voters in Sweden and Finland give hope for optimism that Europeans will not completely ignore the election. Advanced voters increased by about 1 percent compared to five years ago. The latest opinion polls suggest about 49 percent of Europeans intend to vote.

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Written by Alfred

4. June 2009 at 1:45 pm

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