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European elections open the way for ultranationalists

Abstention and the young vote have been crucial for the rise of far-right and conservative groups to Parliament.

This Sunday, June 9, the European Elections concluded. More than 360 million citizens from across the European Union were called to the polls to decide the 720 men and women who will form part of the European Parliament. The 27 member states vote in these elections, but in the process a significant abstention was noted, which allowed the strengthening of the most radical and conservative groups.

The rise of the far right, which calls for stricter immigration policies, radicalization of the war against Russia and the suppression of old-age pensions and social programs, was recorded in influential eurozone countries such as Germany, Austria, France, Greece, Poland and Italy , among others.

The colíderis from the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD), Tino Chrupalla and Alice Weidel, today celebrated as a “great result” the second place that the force would have achieved in the European elections this Sunday, according to two exit polls. Chancellor Olaf Scholz's social democratic party came in third place.

In Austria, the opposition ultranationalist party FPÖ won the European elections this Sunday, with 27% of the votes, ahead of the ruling Christian Democratic party ÖVP, with 23,5%, according to the trend projection presented by public television ORF.

The conservative New Democracy (ND) party of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis won the European elections in Greece this Sunday, with between 28 and 32% of the votes, which would be a lower result than expected, according to a projection by the ERT public television.

The conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, won the European elections this Sunday with 33,7%, which could give it 6 seats in the European Parliament, half of the 12 that Croatia has. , according to trend projections from HDZ public television.

Low involvement

The Polish Electoral Commission, which supervises the development of the European elections, reported this Sunday of total normality and low turnout of voters on an election day to which 29 million Poles are called.

Participation in Spain for the European elections this Sunday stood at 28,01% at 14.00:16.00 p.m. local time (6,73:2019 p.m. GMT), XNUMX points less than in the XNUMX European Parliament elections, according to data provided by the Spanish government.

A quarter of the Italian electorate voted for the European elections from the opening of the polls on Saturday afternoon until noon this Sunday, in an election where analysts indicate that there could be a historic peak of abstention.

In Croatia, data from the State Electoral Commission (DIP) show very low turnout at the polls, with 7,7% in the first four and a half hours of voting, below the 9,9% in 2019 at the same time .

Progressivism advances in Slovakia and Malta

The progressive party PS, led by the former vice president of the European Parliament Michal Simecka, would have won the European elections in Slovakia, according to unofficial data published this Sunday by the Pravda newspaper, one of the largest in the country.

The ruling Labor Party won the European elections in Malta over the opposition Nationalist Party (PN), according to vote projections and after the Maltese Prime Minister, Robert Abela, announced it on public television TVM.

Despite this timid reaction from the progressive forces, Europe is heading towards the dominance of the extreme right, something that has not happened since fascism rose in Italy, Nazism in Germany and Francoism in Spain, which triggered the Second War. World.

sourceEFE

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