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“The right-wing extremist wave hits Europe right in the heart”

The anti-Europeans are the big winners of the European elections: the heads of the right-wing French Rassemblement National, Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella

The anti-Europeans are the massive winners of the European elections: the heads of the right-wing French Rassemblement National, Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella

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Europe has voted, the continent is shifting to the correct. Is this a menace to democracy or a marginal phenomenon? The media have completely different opinions on what the election consequence means.

The centre-right EPP alliance with German lead candidate Ursula von der Leyen is the winner of the European elections. According to a forecast by the European Parliament, the CDU politician can hope for a second time period as President of the EU Commission.

However, it’s the far-right events which have cause to have a good time. In Austria and France, for instance, the right-wing populists have grow to be the strongest power. The AfD additionally made good points in Germany and even got here first within the East.

How does the worldwide press assess the European shift to the correct?

“The Vanguard” (Spanien): “The first interpretation of yesterday's European elections is that the framework in which politics in Brussels (…) operates will not be changed by these results. Everything will remain the same. Let's start with Europe: EU citizens are looking more to the right, but the parliamentary majority of Christian Democrats, Socialists and Liberals, which has de facto determined European politics in recent years, will be able to continue with a clear lead. The extreme right has grown, but not enough to replace this majority, and one of the biggest threats to the future of the EU has disappeared. The far-right parties will continue to make up the fourth and fifth largest groups in the European Parliament.”

“de Volkskrant” (Netherlands): “If all of the members of the pro-European teams help her, there might be no drawback for Ursula von der Leyen, however that isn’t what it appears like. The French Liberals, but additionally some Social Democrats and Greens don’t need her. In the approaching weeks, von der Leyen will negotiate with the varied teams, together with the right-wing European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group. The Identity and Democracy (ID) group has excluded her due to its anti-European and pro-Russian views. On the idea of those talks, von der Leyen will put collectively the EU's political program with which she hopes to safe the required votes. This might be a balancing act, as a result of the extra she leans to the correct, the extra votes she is going to lose from the pro-European teams.”

“NZZ” (Switzerland): “After a series of losses in state elections, the German government parties also suffered a severe setback in this Sunday's European elections. (…) It is conceivable that the result will fuel the long-simmering internal party debate about whether Chancellor Olaf Scholz is the right candidate for the 2025 federal election. (…) The actual losers of the election after losses are the Greens with 11.9 percent of the vote. (…) In view of the losses, the German government coalition is facing lively times. Internal centrifugal forces are likely to increase, as the partners must increasingly focus on raising their profile in view of the approaching federal election.”

“After the European elections, the European Union is weakened and uncertain”

Tages-Anzeiger” (Switzerland): “What is really needed now is a strong Europe, an EU that delivers and has answers ready. In Moscow, Vladimir Putin is making no move to stop his war of annihilation against Ukraine. China is attacking Europe's industrial base with dumping prices, and in November Donald Trump may be making a comeback in the USA. But after the European elections at the weekend, the European Union is weakened and unsettled. The advance of the populists and right-wing extremists had been predicted. But in the end, the force with which Emmanuel Macron was disavowed in Paris and the ruling Social Democrats were outclassed by Olaf Scholz in Germany is surprising. The wave of right-wing extremists hits Europe right in the heart. France and Germany often set the pace and direction in the EU. This German-French engine will have even less traction than before, perhaps even failing altogether. Scholz and Macron will probably be busy with political clean-up work and their national agendas in the near future.”

“Rossijskaja Gazeta” (Russia): “Despite the successes of right-wing and radical left parties, the main pro-European parties remain the strongest force in the European Parliament following the results of Sunday's elections. (…) The right is celebrating a success in France, where the “Macronists” suffered a devastating defeat. But it was not only in France that the extreme right celebrated on Sunday evening. In Germany and Austria, populist parties achieved overwhelming successes in the European elections, which is likely to make it difficult to pass laws and raise questions in Europe's most important legislative body about the advisability of continuing to support the Kiev regime.”

German-French locomotive stands nonetheless

“Dagens Nyheter” (Sweden): “The extreme right will advance, the opinion polls had warned. This also means there is a possibility of forming a new kind of right-of-centre majority in the European Parliament, it was said. The election result shows that the EU will be put to a tough test in the future. But the mathematical equation is not unimportant: together, the parties of the two extreme right groups ID and ECR receive the votes of up to one in five voters. So that is not anywhere near 51 percent – a right-wing majority simply does not exist. Rather, the majority of voters – even in this election – are at home in the broad pro-European centre. These votes say more about the wishes of Europeans than the barely one-fifth that the extreme right received. And this message must now be implemented.”

“La Repubblica” (Italian): “France and Germany should, as always, be the locomotive of Europe to lead it through the major crises that surround us into a new era. Now that train has stopped. The entire process of strengthening the Union has come to a standstill. At a time when Europe should take a leap forward in its role and political weight and acquire a sovereign subjectivity in order to overcome the crises, the right will block the process of European construction – much to the satisfaction of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. Unless, after this alarm signal, citizens take back their history and their responsibilities and unite them in a new European commitment: things are looking up, but the game has only just begun.”