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EU needs to re-invent itself after poll shock, analysts say

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to participate in the Summit of the European People's Party in Brussels, on May 27,2014One senior European diplomat went so far as to say the results reflected a malaise far more serious than the economic crisis that had rocked the eurozone and led to unpopular austerity measures, fuelling resentment against Brussels. “We have lost the sense of the utility of Europe,” the source said. “What Europe needs is less of petty regulation,” said Klaus-Dieter Sohn, an expert at the Centre for European Policy think-tank based in the German city of Freiburg. “What we urgently need is to start discussions on what we expect from Europe and the next European Commission,” he said, adding that these should cover thorny issues such as energy policy, the free circulation of goods and people and the unemployment spiral.

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