by Editor | May 23, 2014 4:26 am
DAILY MAIL – ALEX BRUMMER – The mish-mash of countries inside the eurozone — from powerhouse Germany to the basket-case economies in the south — has led to financial inequalities that sparked resentment, unrest, multi-billion-pound bailouts, disastrous levels of unemployment and now the spectres of deflation and political extremism.
Frankly, it couldn’t be much worse.
The elections to the European Parliament taking place across the Continent this week are being played out against the most disturbing economic backdrop since the dark days of the post-crash Thirties.
This is the first time since the eurozone crisis erupted in Greece in 2010 that Europe’s people have had the chance to make their views known in an EU-wide election, and the outcome will not be pretty.
There are those in the UK who find the rise of Ukip and some of the views of its leader, Nigel Farage, on immigration unpleasant or offensive.
But by the standards of the extremist and horribly racist Continental parties likely to win seats in the new European Parliament, Ukip might be regarded as moderates.
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