The Moment: European Parliamentary Elections

Diether Endlicher / AP

Looked at one way, the results of the European parliamentary elections, held across the European Union's 27 member states last week, can be seen as a continent-wide rejection of the center left and an embrace of the center right — with some far-right candidates doing well, too. Socialist and social democratic parties were badly beaten, despite the global economic crisis and misgivings in Europe about unbridled capitalism. "Voters do not want socialism, they want a market system that works," reckoned Corien Wortmann-Kool, who was re-elected for the Dutch center-right CDA party.

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