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Four days of EU polls end as centrists lose ground, far-right surges

The day after the French far-right party won the European Parliament vote and announced early legislation, Marine Le Pen, chairperson of the parliamentary group of the French far-right National Unity party, was surrounded by reporters when she arrived at the RN party headquarters in Paris. French general election on June 10th.

The day after the French far-right party won the European Parliament vote and announced early legislation, Marine Le Pen, chairperson of the parliamentary group of the French far-right National Unity party, was surrounded by reporters when she arrived at the RN party headquarters in Paris. French general election on June 10th. Image source: Reuters

The four-day election has shaken the EU to its foundations, with far-right forces destabilizing the ruling parties in France and Germany, the bloc’s traditional driving force.

french president Macron calls for early national elections Marine Le Pen’s national rallies put her pro-European centrists to shame in the polls. Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats also suffered as the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party emerged from the scandal with huge gains.

In Italy, Prime Minister Giorgio Meloni’s party, which has neo-fascist roots, won more than 28% of the national vote in the EU parliament, making it a key player in forming a future coalition.

Green and pro-business liberal groups across Europe suffered heavy defeats, but mainstream factions held their ground, with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) remaining the largest group in the 27-nation EU parliament.

French voters will return to the polls in just three weeks after Macron dissolved parliament and called early national elections. Le Pen’s anti-immigration nationalist party is estimated to have received about 31%-32% of the vote. While the victory in the national rally was expected, the scale of the victory was surprising, with support for Macron’s Ennahda party more than doubling and expected to reach around 15%.

Scholz’s ruling Social Democratic Party achieved its worst post-World War II result in the national vote, with 13.9% of the vote. The Alternative for Germany came in second with around 15.9% of the vote. The result was better than the AfD’s 11% support in 2019, but still lower than support in polls earlier this year. Germany’s opposition center-right League group received 30% of the vote.

The centre-right European People’s Party is expected to win 191 seats in the EU parliament and remain by far the largest party. The European People’s Party gained more seats, but the increase was limited as Parliament also expanded from 705 seats in 2019 to 720 seats this year. The second largest group, the centre-left Socialists and Democrats, lost some seats but easily retained its position with 135 seats.

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