Election results reflect baffled Europeans
In the past four days, over forty percent of the electorate in the twenty-five European Union member states went to the polls to elect new members to the European Parliament. Just a week before the elections, the EU commissioner for enlargement Gunter Verheugen warned voter apathy could result in the election of anti-EU factions: "I must say that I'm really worried about the fact that everywhere low turn out can produce strange results. There is the danger that even anti-European formations and organisations could win sufficient support to have representatives in the European Parliament and that is certainly not in the interest of the majority of the people."
The results of the weekend's European elections truly reflect the complex situation in the European Union says political commentator Vaclav Zak:
How do you predict the two leading Eurosceptic parties will serve within the European Parliament?
"It is very difficult to predict. The Civic Democrats would like to be a member of the People's Party faction. That means that they will be members of the party that this strongly pro European. So, it seems that they will have to support in some way the continuation of European integration. So they just presented themselves before Czech citizens as a party that is Eurosceptical but in the European Parliament they will do something completely different. That's the first point. The second point is that the Communist Party will be a member of the Communist Party club which is rather unimportant in the European Parliament so their importance won't be great I would say.