THE RESULTS of the recent elections to the European Parliament seemed to challenge the assumptions and core institutions of the post-war European Union.

In Great Britain the UK Independence Party (UKIP), advocating complete British withdrawal from Europe, scored a stunning success, winning 28 percent of the vote and leaving both the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition as well as the Labor opposition trailing in its wake. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Front, with 25 percent of the vote, trounced former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP (20 percent) and the deeply unpopular ruling socialists (14 percent) – an unprecedented achievement.

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