Vox Populi: Josef Dengler from Vienna, Austria

1. What are your expectations/hopes from these elections?

No one in Austria knows what the European Parliament is actually doing. The candidates of most parties are old politicians – old white men – and almost all of them explain to their voters that they want to “represent Austria in the EU”. Therefore the Austrians live with the completely false expectation that they will elect their representation in the EU on 26 May. This is the fundamental misunderstanding after 35 years of populist storytelling and it is deliberately nourished by almost all parties and therefore many discussions do not revolve around European issues, but around Austrian ones. Austria’s representatives in the EU sit in the European Council, not in the European Parliament. Go tell.

An example: Instead of discussing what a European defense and security doctrine should look