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Trocsanyi: Transnational election list would weaken national parties

The European Parliament's idea of creating a transnational election list, supported mainly by left-liberal EP parties, would weaken national parties and skew election clout in favour of large member states, Fidesz MEP Laszlo Trocsanyi said in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

“This is a dangerous idea … I personally cannot support,” the MEP said.

Trocsanyi argued such a move would put a vast gap between the voter and elected officials.

He told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio that the idea of creating a transnational electoral roll was gaining traction, and Emmanuel Macron, the French President, supported it based on the belief that European democracy could be strengthened through joint European lists.

Hungarian citizens would end up “voting for people they don’t even know,” he said.

Brussels, he said, believed centralisation, “a move towards a kind of federal state system”, was the best way to tackle Europe’s multitude of problems, but this, he added, would go against the principles of Europe’s “founding fathers”.

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