EUROPE: Forum of Political Stars

Voters choose members for a new Parliament

Question: What do these people have in common: former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, French Health Minister Simone Veil, British Socialist Barbara Castle, Ulster's Protestant Minister Ian Paisley and Otto von Habsburg, eldest son of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor?

Answer: Not much, except that they have all just won an election. Soon they will all be commuting to Strasbourg as mint-new members in the Parliament of the European Community, the world's first democratically elected international body.

Brandt, Veil and the heir to the nonexistent Habsburg throne were...

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