The 2019 European Elections saw a rejuvenated right-centric populist movement sweep across the region. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party dominated in the UK, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally did just that in France, and Matteo Salvini’s far-right Italian party quadrupled its representation. Here’s a quick look at notable results across Europe.
GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s moderate coalition suffered a setback while the sustainability-focused Greens made gains.
FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron, detested (29% approval) Pro-EU president of France, suffered a defeat to Marine Le Pen’s populist National Rally party, formally known as the National Front. Le Pen and the NF lost a narrow duel with Macron two years ago in France’s presidential election.
UNITED KINGDOM: British voters delivered Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party a staggering victory. Both Labour and Tory suffered losses.
Farage on the two party system: “The two party system now serves nothing but itself. I think they are an obstruction to the modernising of politics… and we are going to take them on.” (BBC)
The Brexit Party was also victorious in Wales.
ITALY: Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and his right-wing party quadrupled representation.
NETHERLANDS: Left-leaning centric voters made their voices known with a rather shocking victory while the ring-wing populists failed to keep all four of their seats.
BELGIUM: While Greens surge in Brussels, the anti-immigrant, extremist right-wing party saw gains in Flanders.
SWEDEN: Despite populist gains, Social Democrats held strong.
FINLAND: Environmentalist Green League voters turned out in impressive numbers while populists remained static.
GREECE: The Grecian left-wing ruling party was embarrassed at the polls as conservatives impressed.