Van Rompuy flinches as he's beaten with a democratic stick

The souring of the European electorate’s mood towards the European project is gathering pace

by Andrew Ian Dodge on 14 March 2013 15:25

The EU bureaucracy is not having a good time lately. Two countries held elections last week, and in both cases the pro-EU ruling party got a good kicking.

The loudest whiner of them all is Herman van Rompuy.

And van Rompuy will have become even more incensed with Grillo after the former comic spoke bluntly about Italy's euro membership. According to the Telegraph,

"Beppe Grillo, the former comedian who holds the balance of power in Italy, has suggested the country may have to abandon the euro and return to the lire. In an interview with a German magazine published on Saturday, Mr Grillo said that 'if conditions do not change' Italy 'will want' to leave the euro and return to its former national currency."

In fact, the un-elected bureaucrat running the EU has lashed out at eurosceptic politicians all over Europe. He had some terse words to say about Grillo, the Italian comedian who came from nowhere to become a power broker in Italian politics where they still don't have a government:
"European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has attacked the comedian and politician Beppe Grillo after his triumph in the Italian elections, telling in an outspoken outburst that the maverick politician ‘has votes but he doesn't have policies.’ In a surprising result at the ballot box, Grillo's Five Star Movement scored 25% of the vote in Italy. The embryonic movement stood on a manifesto of "anti-corruption, anti-austerity and anti-European Union intervention in the country."

And it isn't just Grillo causing heartburn in Brussels. Van Rompuy's harshest critic in the EU parliament, Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, saw his party surge in a parliamentary by-election in Eastleigh in the South of England. It is looking pretty grim for the major three parties in the UK, all whom are pro-EU. It is not just voters from the Conservatives, but from other parties, that are moving to UKIP.

The souring of the European electorate’s mood towards the European project is gathering pace and there is little the EU bureaucracy can do about it currently – despite attempts to the contrary. It remains to be seen if the EU will ever be able to turn the public back on their side.

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