May 25, 2014

At the Ballot Box

Today, we went to the ballot boxes to vote in the election for the EU parliament. The result is disheartening, as the populistic, xenophobic parties have been very successful all over Europe. They seem to be getting around 7% of the vote here in Sweden. The Greens are also getting less support in Europe as a whole, but are gaining ground here in Sweden. It´s all about the jobs, all about the economy, and I suppose it is understandable. I just wish there was a more long-term vision, that one issue wouldn´t drown out another. What good are jobs and money if we have no clean air to breath and no fresh water to drink?

I drew this from memory: a young family introduced their toddler to the voting process in a very playful way; the presiders totally played along.

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