WorldViews: 5 reasons Europe’s elections actually matter this time

By Griff Witte, May 23, 2014

It's an election like no other: One continent; 28 nations; 16,000 candidates; 350 million eligible voters.

The European parliamentary elections only come around once every five years, and every time they do, the world reacts with a giant, collective shrug. As ever-lower turnout rates show, even Europeans seem indifferent to their one chance to directly choose the E.U.'s leaders. Few Europeans can name who represents them in Strasbourg, or describe what those representatives do once they get to that charming but out-of-the-way French city.

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