Posted in 2019 EU Parliament election

Now I know some more…

Receiving my voting card for the EU election prompted med to find out some more about what is going on, so now I feel like I know a little bit more.

I know that this time around Sweden get 21 seats rather than the 20 we had before. Nine large (the classic Swedish ones that are around every election) parties have signed up 331 candidates to fight it out as well as an additional 76 small parties (that no one ever heard of).

A party needs to get a minimum of 4% of the Swedish votes to get access to their seat, and all the parties are a part of a grouping within the EU Parliament.

I think to make sense out of what happens when I vote for a party; it’s more relevant to see what the grouping they belong to wants rather than what election lines they are feeding me here in Sweden.

Below is a list of the 9 larger parties, my translation within brackets and the EU Parliament grouping in bold.

  • Vänstern (The left) GUE/NGL
  • Feministiskt Intiativ (the feminists) S&D
  • Socialdemokraterna (social democrats) S&D
  • Miljöpartiet (The environmentalist party) Gröna/EFA
  • Centern (The center) Alde
  • Liberalerna (The liberals) Alde
  • Moderaterna (More right than the liberals, not as right as the Swedish democrats) EPP
  • Kristdemokratern (The Christians) EPP
  • Sverige Demokraterna (The Swedish democrats that might have to check the word democracy in the dictionary) ECR

Next step: figure out what each grouping mean. If I have the patience (and if I can figure it out) I’ll share my findings with you guys…

Posted in 2019 EU Parliament election, Always look at the bright side of life

That came back quickly

I bragged yesterday about how good I’ve gotten at programming my coffee machine so I could wake up to the smell of coffee…guess who forgot last night! And guess who overslept this morning. I think we can see a pattern, big reminder to me to sort that out tonight as the instant stuff isn’t the same. As promised I still took the time for a cupper even though I was late.

Austria vs Australia

In other news I got my voting card for the coming European Union election. I have heard about it, I know it would happen, I will just have to admit that I have no clue on what’s going on and that is not good.

Since we are living in a world where the rightwing winds are strong, people are becoming more hateful and want to move back from open borders to closed ones with countries only containing the “right people”, this is more important than ever. I do not want a Sweden with closed borders containing only Swedish hateful people that think they are on top of the world with the right to look through their noses on everyone else.

So what do I know this far?

  • It’s on the 26th of May, so I will be back from my vacation.
  • We elect who to represent us in the EU Parliment for the next 5 years.
  • You need to be EU citizen to be allowed to vote.
  • I vote for the (Swedish) party I think should represent us.
  • I can vote for a specific person.
  • The party need to have at least 4% of the votes in order to have a seat at the Parliment.

Wow, now all that is left is to figure out who to vote for. I’m not sure I recovered from the Swedish election we had last fall, so this is going to be a though one. I can take the easy way out and just vote for the same party this time around…or not.

To be continued…

Posted in Grown-up Stuff

I voted! Will you?

There’s an election on for all of us in the European Union. I’m the first one to admit that the interest is low and from the beginning I wasn’t interested in Sweden joining the union at all.

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However, I’m not a big fan of the direction that Europe is taking, extreme groups to both left and right are gaining ground and taking advantage of their positions. Some group’s see themselves as being correct and right and with that view they allow themselves to use violence against people that don’t agree with their way of thinking.

Some people take advantage of the current financial situation, using it as a way to close our borders and decide that certain groups are not welcome.

I think that we should remember that once upon a time Europe was poor and over-crowded, we could solve this by emigration. A part of why we are were we are is because of that, we should give other people a chance to do the same.

We have people that say that if you aren’t Scandinavian white and of the same Christian believe that we are raised with in Sweden you are a bad person, violent and stupid because you don’t know better.

We have people that say that if you don’t think like us you are an idiot and we are allowed to use violence and hate against you. We are allowed to take your right to free speech away because we don’t approve of what you are saying and thinking.

Because of all these people that think that they know better than everyone else. Because of the people that judge people based on how they look, what god they believe in, where they are from or what political view they have. Because of all these people I made sure to vote for this upcoming European Union election. I voted for someone that I believe can carry the voice of many people, no matter what.

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Most of all I voted because I can!