In Italy, European elections are European in name only. With few exceptions, people vote taking into consideration only national politics.
Just two parties had a clear European inspiration in their name: the Tsipras Slate and European Choice with Guy Verhofstadt.
Mr Tsipras was supported in Italy by the hard-line left, Mr Verhofstadt mainly by the former technocrats of the Monti Government.
The Tsipras Slate was able to elect three MEPs, perhaps also thanks to a young female communication officer campaigning in a bikini. European Choice got instead less than one percent, reflecting the huge unpopularity of the Monti Government.