Les élections européennes vues par la Ligue Celtique

ligueBreizh (Brittany)

Both the Union Démocratique Bretonne (UDB) and Parti Breton had candidates in the European election, but only Parti Breton had their own list. The UDB instead put their support behind a new joint list (Europe Ecologie) made up of Green party candidates and representatives from the nationalist political parties that make up the Fédération Régions and Peuples Solidaires (RPS). The political parties that make up the RPS are also individual members of the European Free Alliance (EFA) European political party – along with the SNP, Plaid and Mebyon Kernow – and the agreement was that if one of the RPS members on the list was elected, they would represent the interests of all the nationalist political parties of the RPS.

The number two on the list and EFA Treasurer, François Alfonsi, was elected and consequently the UDB gained direct representation in the European Parliament for the first time. Alfonsi is a member of the PNC nationalist party of Corsica.

The Europe Ecologie list was a shrewd piece of political manoevouring and even though it meant some compromises from the UDB, it nevertheless provided them with an elected candidate they can call their own. A joint list is something that perhaps Mebyon Kernow (MK) should be looking at in the future, because as in the case Brittany, Cornwall is part of a much bigger European parliamentary region and to gain a bigger share of the vote would mean appealing to voters who are not Breton.

Parti Breton gained 2.82% of the vote in Brittany and even though they probably got more publicity than the UDB during the election campaign, it didn’t give them a representative. Parti Breton saw their result as a success, but they too could profit perhaps from being included in a joint list in the future.

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