Election results show far-right parties on the rise across Europe
Monday, 27 May 2019
In Italy, the extreme right Lega Nord of Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini won the European elections on Sunday. Credit: Wikipedia
While far-right party Vlaams Belang saw an unexpectedly high rise in support in Belgium for all three elections (Flemish/Brussels/Walloon Region, Federal, and EU), the rise of far-right parties was seen in the election results across Europe.
In France, the right-wing populist and nationalist Rassemblement National party (RN, previously the National Front) led by Marine Le Pen won the European elections by 0,9%. It came out at the top of the European elections, beating President Macron’s centrist party La République En Marche (23,3% vs 22,4%).
In Italy, the extreme right Lega Nord of Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini won the European elections on Sunday with a score between 27 and 31%. The anti-system party Five-Star Movement (M5S) got a score between 18.5 and 23%, both beating out the Democratic Party which scored between 21% and 25% across the country.
In the United Kingdom, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party won the elections on Thursday, ahead of the pro-European Liberal Democrats and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party with 31.7%.
The Hungarian national conservative party Fidesz, of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, won the European elections with an overwhelming majority. According to the electoral commission, Fidesz won 52.1% of the vote, compared to 16.2% for the more leftist Democratic Coalition.