Monday 27 May 2019

The EU elections return populist parties

Tbe old neo-liberal order is collapsing

Some people will be beside themselves (the liberal neo-liberals); others will be seeing "light at the end of the tunnel"

This, however, is the reality:

The EU Parliament’s three-day elections have concluded across Europe. The polls attracted a record number of voters, not seen in over two decades, while exit polls signal the expected rise of right-wing parties is accurate.
The turnout for the union-wide elections has become the largest in two decades, with an estimated 51 percent of voters showing up at the polling stations. It's the greatest turnout since 1994, when over 56 percent of Europeans partook in the polls. The previous 2014 elections, on the other hand, showed the lowest-ever turnout at only 42.5 percent.
On an EU scale, the pro-European bloc EPP and the Social-Democratic alliance S&D have apparently retained the largest representation, yet their number of seats is expected to shrink significantly – from 221 and 191 back in 2014 to 177 and 147, respectively.
The predicted rise of right-wing parties across the union has apparently come true, exit polls suggest. In France, Marine Le Pen's National Rally party may obtain around 24 percent of votes, according to different exit polls, narrowly beating President Emmanuel Macron's party, which is expected to score some 22 percent.
In Hungary, PM Viktor Orban's party is poised to score a solid win, receiving support of some 56 percent of the voters. His closest competitors, the Socialists and the leftist Democratic Coalition are expected to get around 10 percent each.
The German ruling coalition suffered significant losses, as the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) scored around 28.5 and 15 percent, respectively. The country’s Greens, meanwhile, surged to third place with almost 21 percent of votes, doubling its result from the previous election. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) is poised to get a solid fourth place, scoring nearly 11 percent of votes compared to 7.1 percent in 2014.
Austrian right-wingers have apparently been left unshaken by the political scandals that have caused the ruling coalition to collapse. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s center-right People's Party has shown its best-ever result in the EU polls and is expected to get some 34.5 percent of votes.
“It is a barnstorming result. We have achieved the best result of all time, the biggest lead of all time over the second-placed party,” Kurz told his supporters,
Austria's Social Democrats are in second place with some 23.5 percent, while the scandalized member of the now-defunct ruling coalition, the Freedom Party (FPO) is in third place with 17.5 percent.
In Poland, the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party is in line to come first with 42.4% of the vote, according to exit poll.
Spain’s PM Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist Party has secured a solid win, getting over 28 percent of votes, exit polls indicate. The conservative Popular Party scored second with around 17 percent, while the recently formed right-wing Vox Party is set to receive its first representation in the EU Parliament, with support of some 6.5 percent.
Italy’s right-wing League party, led by deputy PM Matteo Salvini, has won the EU elections in his country, scoring between 26 and 31 percent, according to different exit polls. The 5-Star movement, led by another deputy PM, Luigi Di Maio, took between 18.5 and 23 percent, likely getting overtaken by the center-left Democratic Party, which is expected to receive some 20.5-25 percent of the votes.
The result is a big win for the League, which emerged with only 6.2 percent back in 2014 and some 17 percent last year, during the country’s general elections.
In Greece, however, the socialists lost their positions as the embattled ruling SYRIZA party garnered the support of some 27 percent of voters, while the main opposition party, right-wing New Democracy took a solid lead with 34 percent.

The euroskeptic Brexit Party headed by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is looking at a solid victory in the European elections, early exit polls show, placing it at about 30 percent, over 20 percent ahead of the Conservatives.
The Brexit Party appears to have scored big in the UK’s portion of the European Parliament elections, with early results and projections on Sunday night showing it ahead of the rest of the field.
Farage began celebrating as the first exit polls started coming in. “It looks like it’s going to be a big win for the Brexit Party,”he told reporters.
With about 99 percent of the vote in, Brexit has some 31.6 percent, followed by pro-EU Liberal Democrats with 20.3, Labour with 14.1 and the Greens with 12.1. The Conservatives are taking a massive hit and are projected to win only 9.1 percent.
Farage has said that he eyes full-fledged involvement in the Brexit negotiations.
"We want to be part of that negotiating team," he said. The long-term MEP added that in case the UK again misses the repeatedly extended deadline to leave the EU, which now stands at October 31, he will be looking forward to repeating the same strong showing at the British general elections and his party is “getting ready for it.”
The next general election is scheduled for May 5, 2022, but may be called earlier by two thirds of the House of Commons, or in case of a successful motion of no confidence.
The Brexit Party’s triumph is not coming out of the blue. Ahead of the vote, numerous polls predicted that Farage’s new political venture would pass its first election test with flying colors with an estimated double-digit lead over the Conservative Party, which is days away from losing their leader on June 7, when Theresa May's resignation comes into force.

Registered just three months before the election, on February 5th, the Brexit Party quickly gained momentum on the back of the growing frustration with May and the Tories’ failure to deliver the long-awaited split with the EU. While the Brexit Party is a novice in the European politics, it has 14 MEPs in the outgoing European Parliament, all defectors from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), including Farage himself. According to BBC projections, Farage’s new project will fare better than UKIP, his former one, which grabbed 24 seats and 27 percent of the popular vote in 2014.The three-day EU-wide elections has attracted the largest turnout in two decades, since 1994, when over 56 percent of the Europeans cast their ballots. In the UK, it has been overshadowed by a leadership struggle in the Conservative Party after Theresa May’s Friday announcement that she would step down as the party’s leader. The Tories saw their voter support sliding due to the Brexit deal debacle that precipitated the PM’s long-awaited bow-out.
While commanding massive popular support, the Brexit firebrand, who has always been a polarizing figure, has drawn strong criticism from opponents and recently became a victim of a ‘milkshaking' trend. Farage survived a dousing attack on Monday, when a man threw a milkshake at him, in Newcastle, saying he was protesting his “bile and racism.”

Still at a loss as to how this could happen?
My bet is this won't stay on You Tube for long.

1 comment:

  1. Conservative politicians are more neo liberal in policy than progressive neo liberals. You would know this if you simply looked up their voting records instead of wasting time posting hysterical hyperbolic hal turner & other sensational conservatoire fuck heads.Here;s another tip, every time hal turner makes an hyperbolic prediction, write it down, wait two weeks and see how many he got right vs wrong. las week he was claiming war had started- WRONG AGAIN. hal is a convicted criminal & you're a fuckin sick sensationalist fool. 3/4 of thd shit you post is junk or fake.


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