Elections to the European Parliament. The failure of the Kremlin's plans

11.06.2024/13/11 XNUMX:XNUMX    6

The centrist and pro-Ukrainian European People's Party will become the largest political force in the new composition of the European Parliament.

EU citizens elected a new composition of the European Parliament. Centrist parties retained the majority in it, but the far-right also significantly strengthened their positions. However, the Kremlin was hoping for the victory of extreme right-wing parties that advocate weakening or dissolving the European Union, restoring friendly relations with Russia, and ending support for Ukraine, but this did not happen.

Results of voting

The center-right European People's Party will get about 190 seats, the Socialists and Democrats will remain in second place with 135 seats, and the liberal Renew group will retain third place with 80 seats.

When the votes are counted, these figures will change slightly, but it is safe to say that, in general, the centrist parties have maintained their positions.

At the same time, in France, Germany and Italy, the right has achieved considerable success. Compared to the last elections to the European Parliament in 2019, the right improved its results.

The right is on the march

Yes, the National Association of Marine Le Pen, which received 30 of the 81 seats reserved for France in the European Parliament. That's double the number of votes cast for President Emmanuel Macron's liberal Renew coalition. In its commentary, the Financial Times called the voting results in France a political massacre.

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgi Maloni's Brothers Italy won 24 seats and increased their representation in the European Parliament. Almost 29% of voters voted for the right-wing party, a result that cemented Maloney's position as the dominant figure in her ruling coalition and will help in negotiations with other European leaders.

In Germany, the far-right Alternative for Germany beat all three parties that were part of Scholz's coalition and took second place behind the conservative opposition CDU-CSU, winning 15 seats in the European Parliament. Despite the recent scandals, the AdH won 15,6% of the vote, one of the best results in a national election, although less than the 22% predicted in January polls.

According to exit polls, ultra-conservative and nationalist parties also won or made significant gains in Austria, Greece and the Netherlands, where Geert Wilders' far-right Freedom Party managed to win six seats in the European Parliament.

The center holds

However, the centrist parties retained the majority in the new parliament.

The center-right European People's Party will become the largest political force in the new composition of the European Parliament. She managed to hold six new deputies, various estimates give her from 184 to 191 seats.

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In Poland, the centrist Civic Coalition of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, which is part of the EPP, wins over the conservatives in Law and Justice. In Spain, the center-right Popular Party, which is also part of the EPP, came out on top, ahead of the party of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

The center-left Socialists and Democrats will become the second-largest political bloc, although they have lost four legislators and can count on 135 seats as a result, according to exit polls.

According to preliminary data, pro-European center-right, center-left, liberal and green parties will retain a majority of 460 seats in the 720-seat parliament, although it will be slightly smaller than the 488 in the parliament of the previous convocation, in which 705 deputies sat.

"In the center, as before, the majority is for a strong Europe. The center is holding on," said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, after summarizing the preliminary results.

The Kremlin lost

"After all, the majority will be pro-European and pro-Ukrainian... And, of course, despite the fact that for now the pro-European parties retain their leading, leading positions, later, judging by everything, the right-wing parties will be on their heels," he commented on the election results press service of the press. -Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmytro Peskov.

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In some European countries, Russia was directly accused of interfering in these elections and supporting far-right parties.

According to our intelligence, Moscow's goal is extremely clear. It consists in helping to elect as many pro-Russian candidates as possible to the European Parliament and to strengthen pro-Russian narratives in this institution," said the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander de Croo, shortly before the elections.

"The Kremlin is very disappointed with the result of the European elections. Putin's regime will hardly be able to wait for a new chance in five years. Meanwhile, Europe has become even more pro-Ukrainian, even more ready to resist Moscow's intrigues and machinations, even more determined to support NATO and the principles of collective defense against the well-known main enemy. Together with the supply of weapons and money to Ukraine, the elections to the European Parliament deprive the ruling regime in Moscow of hopes for a quick and decisive victory in the war, and a long, exhausting war is increasingly beyond the power of Russia, it cannot be won by the United Consolidated Europe and NATO can Therefore, in the Russian power circles, today they are moving from rainbow dreams to bitter thoughts and the search for a real way out of the adventure into which the country has been dragged by the leader without an alternative," Russian political scientist Andriy Zubov believes.