Listen: 4 countries vote in high-stakes European Parliament election
"Ryssdal is on this today from the European Council on foreign relations, and I thought it might be useful as a way to set up our next story, it was a survey by country of people from e you countries, asking you a whole bunch of questions including whether people thought it was likely that the e u would fall apart in ten to twenty years in every country in the EU, except Spain majority of people said that was realistic, including fifty eight percent of the people in France. And that gets us to this elections for the European parliament or this weekend, and have been described as a battle for the soul of the European Union, essentially more union or less the economic consequences of which are enormous. Here's marketplace's Stephen beard, make no mistake says veteran French political analyst Dominic Mazi this vote is the most critical in the history of the European parliament way at stake. Fundamentally is the survival of the European Union project. Are we going to break it or to keep it Donald Trump's arrival in the White House? He says, along with the inexorable rise of China, make a United Europe more necessary than ever. There is less America in the world, and much more China, and they should be more Europe. And no one is more committed to more Europe than Emmanuel macro. The European and some not the Frenchman to celebrate Macron's victory in the French presidential election two years ago. It had been years since a main national position in western Europe, had run an election on an openly, and admittedly, and proudly per European message. That's Alexandra Holroyd French lawmaker from microns party on mush as president macro has cast himself as the savior of Europe. He's called for a joint e you military full. So common defense budget, and the finance minister for the whole euro-zone more cooperation between Member States of the European. To ensure whether you're achieved which is peace and the prosperity and cooperation will different kinds of field where we need to be to get the message from the main rival party in these European elections. Couldn't be more different. Long live. Liberty long live, a wonderful Europe of nation states, long-lived fronts. Shouts marine Le Pen, head of the right-wing national rally. The party's chief spokesman is long Jacko belly. We won't nations to be back"