EU elections bring right-wing extremism and “political earthquake” to France and topple the government

EU elections bring right-wing extremism and “political earthquake” to France and topple the government

The result was not as good as some on the right had hoped, but it was good enough to overthrow the French government and move the European Union further to the right.

Conservative parties made large gains in seats in European parliaments this weekend, humiliating French President Emmanuel Macron, who, in a gambling frenzy, was compelled to call new parliamentary elections to save his government.

In Italy, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was able to more than double her party’s seats in parliament.

And in Germany, the conservative party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) was able to win enough seats despite a scandal involving several candidates and thus win more seats than the left-wing Social Democrats of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

“The future belongs to us,” said a cheering AfD supporter.

In France, the leader of the Rassemblement National, Jordan Bardella, told his supporters: “A wind of hope has blown through France and this is only the beginning.”

Frank Furedi, executive director of the MCC Brussels think tank and one of the intellectual leaders of the European right, said the election result was predictable because Europeans are so dissatisfied with their governments.

“They basically feel that the conventional parties have let them down. They want their voice to be heard. They want to be part of the conversation. And they basically want parties that speak like them, not like the cultural elites speak. It's as simple as that,” Furedi said.

Furedi described the conservatives’ victory in France as a “political earthquake.”

“Europe's second largest country economically and politically (France) has moved to the right and this will have very significant consequences.”

And he said the changes in France and the Netherlands under Geert Wilders will push the European continent further to the right. “These two nations (France and the Netherlands), which are quite significant, can make a big difference in the dynamics, the political dynamics within Europe.”

Although the Christian Democrats of EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen remained by far the largest group in Parliament, the rise of the right will make it much more difficult for the assembly to continue to push through unpopular climate and border-opening policies.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *