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The EU’s disastrous status quo

The risk is of losing on both fronts, on a national level and a European level, where elections go by without shaking off the suspicion of usurpation.

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The EU’s disastrous status quo

The risk is of losing on both fronts, on a national level and a European level, where elections go by without shaking off the suspicion of usurpation.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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The EU’s disastrous status quo

The risk is of losing on both fronts, on a national level and a European level, where elections go by without shaking off the suspicion of usurpation.

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