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“Why do so many eu citizens feel so disconnected with the politics made in Brussels?” – I believe that anything that is not the conservative, traditional “us” is being regarded as coming from / being imposed by Brussels. Like, if our parents grew in an epoch where homosexuals were being tossed into prisons, and “straight” was the only acceptable way to live, the idea of accepting gay marriage may sound like (and is preached like, by populist politicians) “destroying the traditional marriage”. I believe that people, especially elders and those aligned to the conservative / traditional beliefs, are seeing a new age coming, stripping their nation of its culture, smothering the soul / spirit of the nation. I think Brussels is more like a scapegoat, or a target of such attacks. The real problem, I believe, is nostalgia and fear of change.
> It is true, local elections are not accessible to people living abroad, but then, again, if you don’t live in your original community anymore, is it right to have a say on who should run it? Point taken.
I’m also imagining this possibility: What would it be like if parliamentary elections happened in the same day(s) for all EU countries? What if migrants, same as natives, could go to same places / buildings to vote, the natives for their own politicians, the migrants for their own politicians? I have no idea how easy or hard that would be to implement, but I think it would be simpler for the EU citizens and more motivating for the migrants to go to vote.
Getting back to elections in the EU, I’m not sure how many migrants turn out during elections. Could it be that many see themselves as having abandoned their home country or that there’s no importance in taking the hurdle to go to vote? I’m curious if there are some statistic on the percentage of migrants who go to vote, compared to people who remained in their country.
Anyway, in my country I see this problem: Even though people do have the possibility to vote in the Parliament election from a different EU country, as you have corrected me, there are tougher laws inside our country – hence, perhaps, my assumption that outside is no better. That is, if you’re originating from, say, a small town, and found a life in a big city, then, when there is election for Parliament, in this country you can only vote if you’re going back to the county where you originated from (where your ID card says your home is). And I believe that this gives an unfair advantage to our largest political party, whose greatest part of the electorate are the elders. You know, if it’s difficult for the youngsters to vote (because they may have studies, or work, and travel is a hurdle), then most of them will probably not go to vote. Besides the fact that we have only ONE day for voting, so if you’re having problems to solve in that very day, then there’s no way you can go to vote. I think it would be great if we had some uniformity amid the EU countries in regard to elections. Some EU countries have better laws on elections and others have poorer, some offer more flexibility (time frame, electronic vote, etc.) others offer poor. I think it woul be great if all countries had to respect a standard.
I find it curious, however, that there’s a big fuss in the European cities when we have an election for President, but I don’t recall to have heard much about the voters from abroad during parliament elections.
> Nevertheless, people who have made a home abroad do have the possibility to vote in Parliament elections when the time comes. Sorry, I didn’t know that. I checked, and it seems we do indeed have a law for that.
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