In contrast to the US elections, the campaign for the European Parliament elections will be fought within a very short period of time. The parties seemingly agree on this because they release their manifestos at a late date and then start arguing. I think this is a big mistake, but it's the way things are and we can't change it in this election.
So - only now has the campaign finally started with an exchange between the PES (social democrats) and the ELDR. The PES has replied to the ELDR's proposal to further liberalise public services with a letter
signed by its president Poul-Nyrup Rasmussen. The ELDR has put up a reply
which has been signed by its own president, Annemie Neyts. Jon Worth has given constructive criticism
of the PES letter, and Julien Frisch has put up the letters side by side
(so to speak).
Stephen Spillane has already provided some meta-commentary
to the extent that fighting the election with open letters will be quite boring. True! But that's the campaign we get. There is some more discussion in this comment thread
on the European Tribune, including a brilliant IFYPFY by ThatBritGuy.
What do you all think?