We are only two months away from the European Parliament elections. This is the good news. The bad news is that the pre-election campaigns in many European Union countries are leaving a rather bitter taste in the mouth.

The overall pre-election atmosphere, from the parties’ election platforms to the candidates’ speeches, is missing something. Europe is absent. There is little or no mention of European affairs - the programmes, the ideas and proposals to make Europe better, friendlier and more...

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