\”The EU is losing influence rapidly and these appointments make that worse,\” said Simon Hix, professor of European politics at the London School of Economics. \”The rest of the world was expecting big figures. But Europe has shown it would rather be a super-sized Switzerland.\”
This is the gentleman who composed figures for voting support at the euro elections: predicting that UKIP would lose most of its support and get only 2 or 3 seats. As opposed to hte actual results of coming second and getting 13 seats.
So as a predictive psephologist he ain\’t all that great.
Actually, as an analyst of European Union politics he\’s also rather a bust. The one great identifying factor of Swiss politics is the continual use of the referendum: you may have noticed that this isn\’t an identifying feature of EU politics.