The Great Debate UK

Ten reasons to vote in EU elections


paul-taylor– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Opinion polls predict a record low turnout in next month’s EU-wide European Parliament elections. The Strasbourg-based assembly was once regarded as a toothless talking shop, but that has long ceased to be true. Indeed there are many reasons for Europeans to cast a vote.

In doing so they can shape European policies on the financial and economic crisis and the environment, and help determine who runs the executive European Commission.

By abstaining, however, they may let in extremists and make it less likely that the world’s only directly elected legislature will exercise effectively its role of democratic control over EU officialdom and legislation.