Light and Darkness in Europe

Image representing the European parliamentary elections, 2024. Photo: X/ @AU_EuropeCenter

June 13, 2024 Hour: 3:03 pm

If the calculations are done, it can be seen that the far-right and its allies would not be able to form a majority in the Parliament.

The corporate media raised the specter of an imminent and phenomenal victory of the right in the European elections. With the results in sight, however, it is proven that such intentional prediction was wrong.


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Indeed, there was an increase in the weight of the far-right forces and fascism, but these were moderate increases. In Spain, the conservative Popular Party achieved 34 percent of the votes and increased its presence in the European Parliament with nine seats. The ruling Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) garnered 30 percent of the votes and lost one of the 20 seats it had had since the 2019 euro-elections.

Finally, Vox, despite the exorbitant and irresponsible efforts of the Argentine president, who was invited as a mass agitator, obtained just over 9 percent of the votes. In this way, it frustrated the expectations of opinionologists who predicted a mass flight of Popular Party voters towards citizens nostalgic for Francoism and medieval Spain. Reality dealt such speculations a tremendous blow.

In Germany, the far right had better luck. However, the Christian Democratic coalition garnered 30 percent of the votes and maintained its 29 seats in the European Parliament. The neo-Nazi party Alternative for Germany (AfD) had a very good electoral performance, achieving 16 percent of the votes and increasing its representation in Strasbourg by six seats.

AfD is a party that has solid roots in a country in which the “denazification” process proposed by the Allies at the end of the Second World War was implemented very partially and disingenuously, as a gesture imposed by circumstances and nothing more.

That is why the AfD is the force with the most votes in the neglected eastern regions of Germany and the second most voted party nationally. Berlin’s tolerance for the resurgence of Nazi groups in the last decade created a climate conducive to the growth of that force.

In any case, this progress does not give AfD the real possibility of forming a government, at least for the moment. The biggest losers in this contest were Chancellor Olof Scholz’s PSD, which won 14 percent of the vote and lost two legislators in the European Parliament; the greens who obtained 12 percent of the votes and lost 9 out of 12 seats they had won in 2019; and Die Linke, the Left, which did not even reach 3 percent of the votes and lost 2 out of 3 MEPs.

It is no small fact that these three political forces are among the German parties most in favor of NATO. They have presented themselves as the forces most willing to assume as their own the directives emanating from NATO, which is an instrument created by Washington to extort and subordinate Europe to its designs.

The effectiveness of this mechanism depends on the villainous campaigns about the imminence of a Russian invasion of Europe, which causes large sectors of public opinion to flock to take refuge under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, in a movement whose stupidity tends towards infinity.

In France, the neo-fascist right, in the process of opportunistic moderation, obtained 32 percent of the votes and increased its presence in the European Parliament by 12 legislators, thus reaching 30 seats. Macron’s center-right and the socialist party each obtained around 14 percent of the vote, both maintaining their 13 seats.

Rebellious France garnered almost 9 percent of the votes and increased its presence in Strasbourg with 4 new seats. In any case, the lepenism of the old National Front – today renamed with the anodyne name of National Reunion – could seal a very powerful extreme right alliance if it achieved the support of the Republicans and the ultranationalist Reconquista, which obtained 7.2 percent and 5.5 percent of the votes respectively.

The National Reunion is still under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, but now has a “media beast”, according to La Nacion. His name is Jordan Bardella, a 28-year-old young man who seems to be a wizard in managing TikTok and who, according to the same newspaper, gathered “a crowd” of 5,000 people the night of his victory.

Similar to what happened in Germany, the French Greens are about to lose their legal status due to their disappointing performance at the polls. The poor electoral performance of Emanuel Macron’s forces precipitated the unexpected dissolution of the National Assembly and the call for new elections at the end of this month.

In Italy, Prime Minister’s Giorgia Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia party achieved 29 percent of the vote, a predictable result. The novelty was the very good results of the center-left Democratic Party, which obtained an unexpected 24 percent of the votes. Certainly, other right-wing groupings, such as the Five Star, Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, and Matteo Salvini’s Northern League, could form a solid bloc alongside Meloni’s party, although she, like Marine Le Pen, has been cautiously moving away from the discourse. most radical of the neo-fascist right.

To summarize: evidently the center of gravity of European politics has tilted slightly to the right and with very significant nuances between the different countries.

In Austria, fascism has triumphed, by a narrow margin: 25.5 percent of the vote, while the ruling Christian Democrats garnered 24.7 percent and the opposition Social Democratic Party finished in third place with 23.3 percent.

In Belgium, the far-right Vlaams Belang party won, but with a modest 14.5 percent of the vote, while the Flemish nationalist N-VA came in second place with 13.9 percent, and the centrist Reform Movement obtained a 12.6 percent.

If the calculations are done, it can be seen that the extreme right and its allies would not be able to form a majority in the European Parliament. In no case were their victories overwhelming as the mainstream media portrayed them.

In Mexico, Claudia Scheinbaum obtained 60 percent of the votes and the headlines spoke of a “broad victory.” Meanwhile, with just under 32 percent, the French far-right “swept” the elections. Those are the things of the so-called “independent” journalism.

Source: Accion.Coop


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