• Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Surge of Far-Right Parties in Western Europe, But Defeats in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia: European Election Insights

BySamantha Jones

Jun 11, 2024
Countries near Russia suffer consequences of Vladimir Putin’s threat against extreme right movements

On Sunday, far-right parties saw a surge in several countries within the European Union, including France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, and Luxembourg. However, in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, the opposite trend was observed. This discrepancy is intriguing as Russia’s support for ultra-right parties in Western European countries seemed to have the opposite effect in countries closer to Russia.

The European elections provide an opportunity for voters to punish governments in power without necessarily overthrowing them. In countries like France, Italy, Austria, and the Netherlands, the extreme right emerged as the leading political force. In contrast, these parties placed second in Germany and Belgium and third in Spain and Portugal.

In Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, a different picture emerged. Parties like PiS in Poland faced defeats against more centrist and pro-European opponents. The proximity of these countries to Russia seems to have influenced voters’ decisions as many saw the European Union and NATO as protective shields against what they perceive as Russian military threats.

Following the elections, European political groups are engaging in discussions to form alliances before national leaders meet. So far, there seems to be a distancing from the far-right Italian group led by Giorgia Meloni as talks between social democrats and liberals seem to be gaining more traction in terms of numbers.

Talks are also underway for the appointment of senior officials within the bloc with different groups advocating for their preferred candidates.

The electoral defeats of Emmanuel Macron in France and Olaf Scholz in Germany may pave the way for Ursula Von der Leyen’s presidency renewal in the European Commission. As Europe evolves towards more pro-European stances in some countries, it is likely that future policies will reflect this shift.

Overall, while far-right politics continues to dominate parts of Europe’s political landscape, there are signs that voters are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their extremist views and turning towards more moderate options.

By Samantha Jones

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