PARIS (Reuters Breakingviews) - Many ordinary citizens seem to have lost a clear understanding of why the European Union was constructed and particularly why “more Europe” would be necessary. EU parliamentary elections, which will be held between May 23 and 26, are seen by many as the opportunity to address this issue, perhaps for the first time. That makes the vote one on the future of the bloc, rather than simply a sounding on the popularity of national governments as has been the case in the past.
PARIS (Reuters Breakingviews) - Negotiations over Italy’s next government budget are about to begin. After the country disrupted Europe’s financial markets in May, investors are braced for another turbulent autumn.