There will be a collective case of the vapours amongst the colleagues infesting the Berlaymont this week. They can just about cope with a little nation like Hungary turning to the right on a platform of "Work, Home, Family, Health and Order" but when the President and Presidential candidate of France signals a change in his campaign to focus on "National Identity, Discipline, Order, Immigration, Work and Family" their soft lily-white hands must tremble as they hover over the lavish expense forms.
Sarkozy's turn to the right is a tactical move designed to place him on the same platform as Marine le Pen, and to secure him a run through to the second round. The smart money is on the Socialist candidate Hollande being knocked-out in the first round, leaving a clear race between Sarkozy and le Pen for the Presidency of the Fifth Republic. Whether the French will then pick this unpopular and bristly little haemorrhoid over a woman who could model for Marianne will make this contest the most exciting French Presidential race in years.
By the time the first round is played on 22nd April, the Greeks could well have held their imminent Parliamentary election, with unknown results. If indeed they are still members of the Eurozone by then. The popular realisation across Europe that "postmodern relativism, redistributive left-liberalism, Frankfurt School cultural radicalism, and Marxian socialism", the ideological bedrock of the European left, has left the continent with a poison legacy of debt and unsustainable social engineering is driving the political pendulum back to basic values. In Greece the left wing PASOK won 44% of the vote in 2009; today their support is down to 8%, their support bleeding to parties on the right.
At home of course this leaves Ed Miliband set to follow Michael Foot as the Labour leader most disconnected from the voters. With no credible alternative to the discredited platform of the redistributive left, and voters still rightly blaming Labour for our economic mess, prospects look bleak for Labour in 2015.
The European Commission will be the toughest nut to crack; even if the European Parliament gains a right-wing majority. The Berlaymont is the Bastille of our age. Maybe it will take a Marianne to storm it.