EU election results so far are a disaster for the eurocrats. This was predictable. As CM has long argued, Brussels has continually ignored the issues of member states. Since 2007, poverty levels have grown from 78mn to 118mn of the EU population. UK won’t be the last to leave the EU, unless the bureaucracy in Brussels makes considerable reforms. CM bets it won’t.
UK: Brexit Party – 31.8% (populist), Tories – 7.6% (incumbent). Tories fallen from 20%. Of interest, Brexit took 38% of the West Midlands which is a slap in the face for Corbyn’s Labour Party. Even Islington, Corbyn’s home constituency, saw Labour fall behind the Lib Dems.
Greece: New Democracy 33.3% (populist), Syriza 23.9% (incumbent/socialist) – snap elections to be held
France: RN – 23.5% (nationalist), LREM 22.5% (incumbent) – Le Pen has called for snap elections.
Germany: CDU – 28.8% (incumbent), AfD – 10.8% (nationalist)
Austria: OVP – 34.9% (incumbent/nationalist), FPO – 17.2% (incumbent/nationalist)
Poland: PiS – 42.4% (incumbent/nationalist)
Italy: Liga -33.6% (populist/incumbent) + M5S – 16.7% (populist/incumbent)
Bulgaria: GERB – 30.1% (incumbent/populist)
Hungary: Fidesz – 52.1% (nationalist/incumbent)
Latvia: JV – 26% (populist/incumbent)
Sweden: Socialist Democrats – 23.6% (incumbent), Sweden Democrats – 15.4% (populist)
Czech: ANO – 21.2% (populist/incumbent)
Romania: PNL – 25.6% (populist), PSD – 21.7% (incumbent)
While results are Still coming in, it seems that the populist swell has only gathered momentum.
Voter turnout to EU elections is generally weak but this is the strongest showing since 1994. This is entirely self-inflicted. Europeans are growing increasingly frustrated at the EU’s authoritarian behaviour. The sooner this project fails the better.
While total seat numbers aren’t fully decided, the percentage terms are undoubtedly going to send shockwaves through the E.U. establishment.