• Sun. Jun 23rd, 2024

Countries near Russia suffer consequences of Vladimir Putin’s threat against extreme right movements

BySamantha Nguyen

Jun 12, 2024
Countries near Russia suffer consequences of Vladimir Putin’s threat against extreme right movements

On Sunday, the far right saw a rise in several countries within the European Union, including France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, and Luxembourg. However, in the eastern part of the bloc and in the Scandinavian region, the opposite trend was observed. This discrepancy is intriguing, as Russia’s support for ultra-right parties in Western European countries seemed to have the opposite effect in countries closer to Russia. Citizens in these regions moved away from far-right parties and returned to more pro-European political groups.

The European elections provide an opportunity for voters to punish governments in power without necessarily overthrowing them. The extreme right emerged as the leading political force in countries like France, Italy, Austria, and the Netherlands, while placing second in Germany and Belgium, and third in Spain and Portugal.

In Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, a different picture emerged. Parties like PiS in Poland, led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, faced defeats against more centrist and pro-European opponents. The proximity of these countries to Russia seems to have influenced the voters’ decisions, with many seeing the European Union and NATO as protective shields against what they perceive as Russian military threats.

Following the elections, European political groups are engaging in discussions to form alliances before national leaders meet. So far, there seems to be a distancing from the far-right Italian group led by Giorgia Meloni, as talks between social democrats and liberals seem to be gaining more traction in terms of numbers. Talks are also underway for the appointment of senior officials within the bloc, with different groups advocating for their preferred candidates.

The electoral defeats of Emmanuel Macron in France and Olaf Scholz in Germany may pave the way for the renewal of Ursula Von der Leyen’s presidency in the European Commission. The evolving political landscape in Europe, with shifts towards more pro-European stances in some countries, is likely to shape future policies and alliances within the European Union.

By Samantha Nguyen

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