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Chris Aalberts’ blog on the EU

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From Chris Aalberts blog, always very worthwhile! Here he discusses some recently published books in the context of the upcoming election to the European Parliament:

“It’s time again for the five-year stream of books on the EU. European Parliament elections are in June. This is traditionally the time for Europe experts to publish books that hardly anyone wants to read. No political institution produces so little enthusiasm AND so many books. One is the smoothly written Brexit Brussels Brabant by Brussels FD correspondent Mathijs Schiffers. The subtitle reads: What the EU can learn from the British (and from Helmondians).

Schiffers was a correspondent in Britain at the time of the Brexit negotiations and then moved to Brussels. The contrast with British politics full of harsh debates, personal attacks and scandals could hardly be greater: the EU is a world of institutions without lively debate, with endless procedures and a basic lack of transparency. Schiffers is not the first author to wrestle with the question of how to make such a thing accessible to citizens who do not know the EU well.

One possible answer is: personalization. Much of this book is about two MEPs: Toine Manders and Mohammed Chahim. Like Schiffers, they are from Helmond. Manders served 15 years for the VVD in Brussels (1999-2014) and was re-elected for 50Plus in 2019. He switched to the CDA in the interim. Chahim has been an MEP for the Dutch Labour Party since 2019. He is up for re-election (GreenLeft-PvdA, no.2). Manders quits.

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