EU Politics & Legislation

Analysis and Results of European Elections

Here's a Short Analysis of the Results of the European Elections.

European Elections

  • 427 million potential voters
  • 28 EU countries
  • Election of 751 MEPs
  • Some countries had more than just the European elections. Belgium had the regional, national and European elections at the same time for instance.

Main Political Groups in the European Parliament

  • EPP – Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats)
  • S&D – Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
  • ALDE – Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe + Renaissance + USR PLUS
  • GREEN / EFA – Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • ECR – European Conservatives and Reformists Group
  • ENF – Europe of Nations and Freedom Group
  • EFDD – Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group

Provisional Results (updated 28 may 18.00 GMT+2)

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MAIN CONCLUSIONS

  • Climate crisis – Many Europeans believe the EU should do more in terms of environmental protection.
  • Immigration policy – Many Europeans seem to be against immigration from outside Europe, especially from Africa, Middle and Near East.
  • The centre parties lost and the extremes (right = nationalists and left = greens) won.
  • Some traditional parties may have lost their social relevance. The world is changing and some parties seem to be a  bit dusty.

  • AUSTRIA – The centre-right People’s Party of the young Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz won. Kurz was born in August 1986 and is only 32 years old.
  • BELGIUM –  Belgium held a world record of 589 days without a government following the last federal elections. The nationalists (N-VA = New Flemish Alliance) and the extreme right (Vlaams Belang = Flemish Interests) won the election in Flanders while the Socialist Party won the elections and the PTB (extreme left / Communist) had a  surge in Wallonia. Good luck to make a Government!
  • FRANCE – The party of President Macron (LREM) lost against the extreme right party of Marine Le Pen (RN). France has been dealing with a protest movement called ‘Gillets Jaunes’ (Yellow Vests) for the past months / year. They believe the government are imposing lots of taxes on the common people while allowing the ruling classes to set up fiscal constructions such as Trusts, etc to avoid paying taxes. Marine Le Pen said about the elections:  It’s a victory of the common people over the elites.
  • GERMANY – Chancellor Merkel’s centre-right bloc won the elections but with a historic low while the Greens had a big surge. Merkel has been promoting austerity and progressive immigration policies in Europe. Germany ‘tactfully’ did not intervene in European policies in the past (except for monetary and financial issues) due to WWII. Merkel broke that tradition.
  • GREECE – New Democracy wins against Syriza (party of Tsipras)
  • HUNGARY – Fidesz, Nationalist party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins the elections with almost 53%.
  • UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit party wins the election with 32%. Labour get 14% and the Conservative party of Theresa May has a very low score (8,71%)
  • EU – There were a lot of expectations on the current President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. His predecessor Barosso (Portugal) was perceived as a weak leader because he continuously waited for the member states to tell him what to do. Juncker was expected to change this. Unfortunately, Juncker made the news with his alcohol problem and his drunken performances. Juncker doesn’t seem to be liked by the public officials of the EU institutions either.

REFS