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EU leaders call for simpler EU after poll setback

May 28, 2014 • World News


British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media upon arrival at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. European Union leaders on Tuesday sought a way to bounce back from the weekend’s landmark elections that saw a partly hostile and largely apathetic public question their project of closer cooperation as never before. (AP Photo/Eric Vidal)

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recurring complaint that the European Union is “too big, too bossy, too interfering” gained traction at an EU summit on Tuesday, after election results that underscored voter apathy and hostility forced government leaders across the bloc to consider profound change.

Protest voters turned out in droves while over half the 28-nation bloc’s electorate failed to muster enough interest to go to their polling stations for European Parliament elections — giving a massive thumbs-down to how the EU functions. The anti-EU UK Independence Party topped the polls in Britain, and in France the extreme-right National Front overwhelmed all its rivals.

On Tuesday, Cameron said that “Europe should concentrate on what matters — growth and jobs — and not try to do so much.”

The British leader had often seemed an outsider at EU summits where leaders have long sought ever closer union. But Login to read more

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