Monday, May 26, 2014 - 07:47
Eurosceptics win elections, except in NL
Anti-European parties have won big across Europe in the Parliamentary elections over the weekend. In almost all European Union member states, extreme right wing parties, populists and eurosceptics have won seats. Only the Dutch PVV remains behind. Of the 751 seats in Brussels, around 130 are going to eurosceptic parties. This has doubled since the last elections. In France, the controversial Front National won with a landslide. Marine Le Pen's party, with which Geert Wilders is in cooperation, became the biggest party with a quarter of the votes. In Austria, rightist populist party FPÖ also won big, with a predicted 20 percent of the vote. Vlaams Beland in Belgium seems to have suffered a loss. In the UK, Nigel Farage and his anti-EU party UKIP has, despite fierce protest from naysayers, won overwhelmingly. This might mean that a referendum is on the cards in which Brits will be able to argue a possible EU-exit. In Denmark, the Danish Folk Party is the biggest. In Greece, the radical leftist Syriza. In Germany, the Anti-Europe party Alternative for Germany has won a place in Brussels for the first time, and Poland is sending four eurosceptics to Brussels.