"As far as the European elections go, the national dimension is of great importance at the moment. The campaigns touch primarily on national issues, and seek to convey the idea 'that we will honourably represent our country in the European Parliament'. This aspect was clearly visible among the new member states in the first European elections after 2004. In the countries of the 'Old Europe', by comparison, much weight is given to ideological aspects: there people tend more to speak of a Europe of the Left or the Right, of common problems and political strategies. In most countries the MEPs are either well-known politicians at the end of their careers, or party members who are pursuing a long-term career in European politics."What else could be said?
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