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Sme - Slovakia | Friday, May 15, 2009

European elections: Slovak disinterest could be repeated

In the last European elections the Slovaks provided the lowest voter turnout ever registered for such an event in an EU member state. The liberal daily Sme expresses concern that the country could set a new negative record in the coming elections: "The Union has been battling for years accusations that it is not under democratic control. The arguments are: firstly, the Union is turning into a super state [a federal state]; secondly, it is not under the democratic control of its citizens; and thirdly that it is too far removed from its citizens. … For sure, the low voter turnout is a disgrace, but it doesn't mean citizens no longer believe in democracy."

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