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Populists to make inroads in EU parliament election

Published on Mar 10, 2014 11:25 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Far-right and populist candidates are expected to make significant inroads in May European Parliament elections, but traditional parties are holding their ground despite debt crisis fatigue.

While the strong anti-Europe rhetoric of many candidates may attract headlines, polls suggest there is steady underlying support for the EU among the bloc's more than 400 million voters.

According to Eurobarometer, an EU-funded survey of public sentiment, 59 per cent of respondents were happy to describe themselves as "citizens of the EU".

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued recently it was not "intellectually fair" to say there was a problem with European institutions.

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