Far-Right Surge Jolts Traditional EU Powerhouses

Far-right parties have gained significant ground in the European Union parliamentary elections, causing a substantial shift to the right. The National Rally party in France and the Alternative for Germany achieved notable successes, challenging traditional power structures and leading to potential changes in EU policies on migration, security, and climate.

PTI | Brussels | Updated: 10-06-2024 05:40 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 05:40 IST
Far-Right Surge Jolts Traditional EU Powerhouses
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Far-right parties shook the foundations of traditional power structures in the European Union during Sunday's parliamentary elections, securing major gains that put longstanding political figures on notice. French President Emmanuel Macron faced a particularly stinging defeat as Marine Le Pen's National Rally party surged ahead, prompting him to dissolve the national parliament and call for new elections—a risky political maneuver given his party's declining support.

On a night marked by a palpable shift to the right within the 27-member bloc, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni more than doubled her party's seats in the EU parliament. Even the scandal-plagued Alternative for Germany managed to surpass Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democrats, highlighting a broader trend of dissatisfaction with established parties.

Christian Democrats under EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shifted their stance on key issues like migration and climate, a strategy that paid off by retaining their dominance as the largest group in the 720-seat parliament. However, the night belonged to the far-right, whose electoral victory signals a potential major shift in EU policy direction.

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