Exactly zero voters cast ballots based with EC leadership in mind

Why will so few Europeans vote in European elections? Because of meetings like the recent one in Sibiu.

Leaders of some EU member states in Sibiu, Romania. Leaders of some EU member states in Sibiu, Romania. (Source: AP/SITA)

In the year 64 AD, some 70 percent of the city of Rome was destroyed in a fire. More than 200,000 people, half the population, lost their homes. According to legend, the emperor Nero — in a mix of insanity, incompetence and paralysis — watched it all happen, while playing the fiddle.

The only thing missing at the European summit in Sibiu, Romania this week was the music. Britain is still exiting (but has not exited) the EU, street protests continue in France, populists still run Italy, Germany’s economy is slowing, separatists are trying to split Spain, and just this week the U.S. Secretary of State skipped a meeting with Angela Merkel to go fly off and threaten war with Iran. In the face of these varied challenges, the 27 prime ministers in Sibiu held press conferences, took some pictures and headed home by 6 p.m.

Ahead of European Parliamentary (EP) elections in two weeks, the summit communique vowed to “defend one Europe, from East to West, from North to South,” as well as “protect our citizens and keep them safe by investing in our hard and soft power”. Why will so few Europeans vote in EP elections? Among those who do vote, why will so many vote for parties seeking to take the EU apart? Because of meetings like this.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

The latest Focus poll has found that 57.7 percent of Slovaks think the government should not be lenient when it comes to taking refugees in.

Show us you belong and we will accept you. Poll shows Slovaks' attitudes to foreigners

The latest Focus poll unveils how an ideal foreigner looks to Slovaks, and if Slovakia can ever become a home to foreigners.


19 h
The media have condemned the change, approved by MPs, that extends the moratorium to 50 days

We condemn the latest attack against journalists

Slovak journalists stand behind their colleagues from Denník N.


7 h
Former special prosecutor Dušan Kováčik escorted to the courtroom on September 20.

The ten strongest points of the verdict against former special prosecutor

Dušan Kováčik is the first high-ranking official under the Smer-led governments to hear a guilty verdict on corruption charges.


3 h
Dušan Kováčik escorted to the courtroom.

Former special prosecutor Kováčik found guilty

Judge sentences him to 14 years in prison for corruption.


19 h
Skryť Close ad