Thursday, April 13, 2006


Like a lot of people here I don't pay that much attention to elections in EU states that are not Britain. So I may have I've missed one or two, but this week Italy became the third big EU state to have an election end in almost dead heat. Last September both Germany and Poland had elections where the margin of victory was so slight that each country was left with not much more than a political deadlock. Now Italy has joined the club.

This can't be a good thing for European politics. In fact, as far as I can see the only recent winners in European politics are the French rioters.