Transnational lists for truly European elections: JEF votes in favour! - comments Transnational lists for truly European elections : JEF votes in favour ! 2011-04-21T07:42:17Z https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/Transnational-lists-for-truly-European-elections-JEF-votes-in-favour#comment9696 2011-04-21T07:42:17Z <p>It's only the beginning. After MEPs adopt the proposal in the plenary session, negotiations with the Council will begin, and it will start becoming funny.</p> <p>We'll see how governments extricate themselves from this question with all kinds of false excuses, saying : <br /><img src='https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/squelettes-dist/puce.gif' width="8" height="11" class="puce" alt="-" /> « These 25 additional MEPs would cost millions and it would be a bad signal in times of crisis » (which is also partly true) ; <br /><img src='https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/squelettes-dist/puce.gif' width="8" height="11" class="puce" alt="-" /> « European voters are too stupid to understand this complicated two ballot system » ; <br /><img src='https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/squelettes-dist/puce.gif' width="8" height="11" class="puce" alt="-" /> « We'll never be able to ratify this : look, Cameron is against » ; <br /><img src='https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/squelettes-dist/puce.gif' width="8" height="11" class="puce" alt="-" /> « We don't have time for this ; people don't want institutional debates, they want action » ; <br /><img src='https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/squelettes-dist/puce.gif' width="8" height="11" class="puce" alt="-" /> « These MEPs need to be elected locally ».</p> <p>And after rejecting the proposal following a two hour debate, national governments will spend six months discussing about the 18 additional (unelected) MEPs of the Lisbon treaty, and about the « strategic » redistribution of seats for 2014, as they are certain that getting 24 MEPs instead of 23 would be seen as a « national victory » over Europe.</p> <p>Well, let us prevent them from being so previsible.</p>