The far right in the upcoming European elections rises a poll shows


An exclusive Ipsos poll for Euronews indicates the rise of far-right parties across the European Union, but they face difficulty in being able to participate in a majority coalition.

Weeks away from the European Parliament elections, an opinion poll conducted in 18 of the bloc’s countries showed that the parliamentary majority most likely to survive (398 seats out of 720) is the largest pro-European Union coalition, belonging to the center-right, the Socialists Party and the People’s Party.

The European Union, the Democrats and the Liberal Democrats in the Renew Europe movement are the same camp that won the majority in the outgoing legislature.

The European People’s Party enjoys a relative majority (177 seats), followed by the Socialists and Liberal Democrats.

The far right and ultra-conservatives are topping opinion polls in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, four of the countries that fund the European Union, respectively with the National Rally party headed by Marine Le Pen, the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party led by Giorgia Meloni, and the National Rally party headed by Marine Le Pen. Freedom led by Wilders in the Netherlands, and the Vlaams Belang party in Belgium.

The number of the Liberals for Renewal and the Greens has declined, especially in their strongholds, France and Germany, and it is expected that President Macron’s party will suffer a setback next June and become the second party in France after the National Rally party led by Le Pen.

This is also the case for the Green Party in Germany, which ranked third, tied with the far-right Alternative for Germany party, where the Christian Democratic Union will become the first party, followed by the German Social Democratic Party in second place.

Aside from poll numbers and percentages, viable alliances such as the right-wing alliance may see the light, but this depends on the results of the complex negotiations that are expected to take place between the conservative populist movement and the European center-right, which could result in the acceptance of the Fidesz organization, which is the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán within the center-right, and the European reformists who embrace Orbán’s ally, the Fratelli d’Italia party, which is headed by Giorgia Meloni, head of the Italian government, and the Polish Law and Justice Party.

The 751 members of the European Parliament assume their duties for a period of five years.

A certain number of seats in Parliament is allocated to each member state according to its population.

Once parliamentarians are elected, they elect a president who represents the institution externally and before other EU institutions, and has the power to veto the appointments of European Union commissioners and vote on the Speaker of Parliament.

Hence the importance of having a stable bloc of parties, from an institutional point of view, from the beginning of the term of the legislature.

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