European Parliament elections… Big right wing advance but without majority

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The main party blocs in the European Parliament, such as the center-right European People’s Party, the Socialists and Democrats, and the Renewal of Europe (liberals and centrists), managed to maintain a majority of seats despite the apparent rise of the far right, according to estimates published by the European Parliament on Sunday.

In Spain, the right topped the results of the European elections, ahead of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Party, while the far-right made significant progress.

Spanish election results showed that the Popular Party, the country’s main opposition party, won about 34% of the vote and 22 seats in the European Parliament, compared to 30% and 20 seats for the Socialist Party.

The far-right Vox party achieved better results than the 2019 elections by winning 6 seats compared to 4 seats in the previous round, by about 9.62% of the vote compared to 6.21% previously.

Interestingly, a new far-right party called “Party is Over”, founded by a well-known YouTube activist, has won about 4.5% of the vote, allowing it to enter parliament with three deputies.

The ongoing influence peddling and corruption investigations against Sanchez’s wife have affected Spain’s election campaign and led to calls from the opposition for the resignation of Sanchez, who saw them as a right-wing and far-right campaign to destabilize his government.

In Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ right-wing New Democracy party won the European elections, but turnout was low, at only 40.53% compared to 58.69% in the previous election.

The party won 27.85% of the vote and won seven seats in the European Parliament, far ahead of the left-wing Syriza party.

In Italy, the far-right Brothers of Italy party, led by Italian Prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, topped the European election results with about 27% of the vote, strengthening its influence in Brussels and showing significant progress compared to the 2019 election, when it received only 6.44% of the vote.

In Hungary, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party topped the European election results with more than 43% of the vote, but recorded a decline compared to the previous election.

It’s worth noting that the Tessa movement, led by Peter Magyar, achieved a remarkable rise in the political arena with about 31% of the vote.

In Portugal, the Socialist opposition narrowly beat the moderate right-wing government coalition in the European elections, with the Socialist Marta Temedo list receiving 32.1% of the vote.

In Poland, Donald Tusk’s centrist pro-European Civic Coalition won 38.2% of the vote, while the nationalist, populist Law and Justice (PiS) came in second with 33.9% of the vote.

In Austria, the far-right Freedom Party topped the European election results with 25.7% of the vote, marking its first victory in a national election, narrowly ahead of the conservative OVP.

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