Daniel Hannan writes in The Telegraph that after Spains election result only 3% of EU countries have a left wing governement.He believes that the European Union is making its constituent nations poorer, less democratic and less free. 

Spain could easily go the way of Portugal and Greece, and Rajoy’s task is all the harder because, as long as Spain remains in the euro, the pain will not be accompanied by any obvious gain. Years of unleavened austerity loom, and voices from the PP’s own statist tendency will start to demand that ministers ‘do something’ – meaning ‘spend more’.

One of the curiosities of contemporary Europe is that, while people keep voting for Rightist parties, nothing much changes. Only three per cent of EU nationals now live under Left-led governments (those in Austria, Cyprus and Slovenia – I don’t think we can count Greece any more).  Yet spending continues to rise (except on defence), bureaucracies continue to grow, powers continue to shift from national capitals to Brussels. Which brings us up against a hard truth. As long as most laws come from Brussels, and as long as economic policy comes from Frankfurt, it really doesn’t matter how you vote.

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