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People read newspaper headlines on the results of the local and European Parliament elections at a kiosk in Athens, May 26, 2014. Greek far-left opposition leader Alexis Tsipras declared victory over austerity policies on Monday as final results confirmed his anti-bailout party had won the country's election for the European Parliament.
People read newspaper headlines on the results of the local and European Parliament elections at a kiosk in Athens, May 26, 2014. Greek far-left opposition leader Alexis Tsipras declared victory over austerity policies on Monday as final results confirmed his anti-bailout party had won the country's election for the European Parliament.
(Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

EU leaders can no longer afford the status quo

When European Union leaders dine in Brussels on May 27, conversation is likely to revolve around three Ps: the poll, the priorities and the people.

Many of those sitting around the table, notably France’s François Hollande and Britain’s David Cameron, received a drubbing in the European Parliament elections. They will be reflecting on the rise of euroscepticism in many EU countries and the appropriate forms of response.