Foreign relations / Politics

Attempts of European vote in Italy: Tsipras succeeds, Verhofstadt fails

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.

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