I speak from what I've heard from people I know.
I'm aware that Europe is a buncha countries instead of a single one, and that some of those countries don't have a two-party system.
European countries have a so-called center-left and a so-called center right party that are much bigger than the others... Enough to guarantee that one of them will always win the election. TYPICALLY, neither of those parties has a noticeably liberalizing stance on social issues, and the so-called left wing
parties do little to nothing to drive the purchasing power of the working class up.
I'm generally led to assume that the main parties in most EU countries, just like in the US, represent roughly the same sets of policies with a different face and sales pitch. (those sets of policies vary slightly by country, but you could bet three to one that both social democrats and conservatives will keep criminalizing the counterculture and degrading working conditions, job security and pay.)
Granted, I mostly know young Euros (between 20 and 35) so their stances on drug policy and similar social issues might differ from those of the general population. Anyway, lots of them (young Euros, esp. Spanish) feel thoroughly disfranchised by their political systems.
edited 30th May '11 1:37:22 PM by SavageHeathen
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