The recent success of UKIP in the English local elections caused barely a ripple in the rest of Europe. Yet the poll served as a reminder of another more important fight which lies ahead and is getting closer.
Elections will be held to the European Parliament between 22 and 25 May 2014.
Like the arrival of a new season, all the signs are that Europe is in retreat from austerity.
The retreat is disguised, but cannot be concealed. The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said: "While I think 'austerity' is fundamentally right, I think it has reached its limit." He implied that a policy can only be pursued if it has "a minimum of political and social support".
The question remains unanswered: has Cyprus been saved or has its economic future been put in jeopardy?
Doubts about its economic survival have re-emerged after it was revealed that the country needed to find 6bn euros (£5bn; $8bn) more than was agreed just three weeks ago. All the indications are that Cyprus itself will have to find the extra money. There may well be steeper taxes and even a sale of part of its gold reserves. This would be another first in the shifting territory of eurozone bailouts.
France and its president are of major concern in Berlin and in Brussels. Some German officials say France is the country in the eurozone which worries them the most.
It is not about the recent scandal, which caught a French minister, Jerome Cahuzac, lying about his bank account in Switzerland. That certainly has embarrassed President Francois Hollande and has triggered the question of who knew what and may still lead to a government reshuffle or more.
Today about 1,500 students marched to parliament in Nicosia. They believe the bailout deal robs them of a future.
Their angry chants were directed at the troika, the EU and in particular Germany's Angela Merkel. There were banners linking Mrs Merkel to Hitler. Outside parliament they shouted "Merkel is a whore!" Such a scene would have been unimaginable in Europe only a short while ago.
Almost nobody now believes the Cypriot bailout deal negotiated in the early hours of Saturday morning was smart.
As the economist Paul Krugman put it, it was as if Europeans were holding up a sign which read "time to stage a run on your bank". In Europe's corridors of power there is the sound and sight of officials pointing fingers and rowing back from previous positions held.
Once again - faced with a crisis - Europe's leaders have gambled.
As part of a bailout deal for the island of Cyprus they have decided to impose a tax on savers. It has not been done before in the eurozone crisis, its legality may be questioned and the risks and consequences are unknown. Savers with deposits of over 100,000 euros ($130,000, £86,000) will face a one-off tax of 9.9%. For those with less funds in their accounts the tax will be 6.5%.
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