MEPs are having a whinge that a French rail strike is going to make it hard for them to get from Strasbourg when this week’s European Parliament plenary session ends. Struan Stevenson, a UK Tory, has complained that France doesn’t exactly make it easy for European Parliamentarians to get to and from Strasbourg. True – even with the LGV-Est it’s not Europe’s easiest city to get to. But Green MEP Dany Cohn Bendit correctly replied that all citizens should have the right to strike.
So how about this as an idea: why don’t those MEPs that dislike Strasbourg so much just refuse to go? Make it impossible for majorities to be achieved in plenary sessions. The EP had its chance a few years ago when Legionnaires Disease was found in the Strasbourg building (so working there was dangerous) but they chickened out. The Greens have also highlighted the CO2 emissions from the Strasbourg sessions yet there’s no proper debate about the dual-seat arrangement for the EP.
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More from Anders Ekberg in Swedish at Europabloggen (rough machine translation here). Which also makes me think: how about a UK version of Europabloggen? Or would it just get too nasty?