Lonely hamburgers to save European democracy

  Something is rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark Estonia, if the only way to enthuse young people about voting in the upcoming European Parliament elections is to flaunt some dubious virtual fast food delights: Estonians are to have their taste buds tickled by an e-voting test for European parliamentary elections offering them joke candidates ...

 

 

Something is rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark Estonia, if the only way to enthuse young people about voting in the upcoming European Parliament elections is to flaunt some dubious virtual fast food delights:

Estonians are to have their taste buds tickled by an e-voting test for European parliamentary elections offering them joke candidates such as the lonely hamburger and tiramisu.

Bidding to spice up the lacklustre campaign for June 4-7 elections to the European Parliament, organisers hope such fare will encourage young Estonians to participate in the new high-tech voting system.

Among the specialities on offer are traditional Estonian dumpling soup and the local karask scone, but those seeking more of an international flavour can opt to vote for spaghetti al pomodoro, tiramisu or a simple espresso.

The lonely hamburger is supposed to reflect independent candidates not linked to any party.

…The colourful menu is designed to attract more Estonians to learn how the system works and engage in the electoral process.

 

Evgeny Morozov is a fellow at the Open Society Institute and sits on the board of OSI's Information Program. He writes the Net Effect blog on ForeignPolicy.com
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