Across Europe, Parties that either challenge the worst excesses of Brussels-rule or advocate direct withdrawal from the EU, comprehensively won the EU elections this week.
In central Europe, a region ruined by German and Russian power-grabs and extra-territorial bullying in the past, supporters of Victor Orban (Hungary’s popular PM), Poland’s President Duda, and Czech PM Andrej Babis inflicted significant defeats on so-called “centrist” social democrat and Conservative Parties that have for decades preferred EU diktat over local and domestic democracy.
In France, President Macron’s new Party was defeated by Marine Le Pen’s new Party, called National Rally. Turnout was above fifty percent.
In Germany, the Greens outpolled EU loyalists, whilst in Finland and Denmark pro-Democracy Parties also scored big wins. The Eurosceptic government in Italy, also saw its European candidates top many polls. Center-right Austrian conservatives also won despite attempts in the week to derail their administration by the release of surveillance tapes (gathered illegally) by two left-leaning German newspapers.
Media Distortion Called Out
These elections have reached United States’ levels of media distortion, reported The Real European’s Election Centre this week. “In almost every single report issued by the BBC and other UK outlets, Parties and politicians who critique the EU institutions, or campaign for withdrawal, have variously been described with the words ‘far-right’, ‘nationalist’ or ‘populist’. Those Parties offering unconditional support of the EU institutions have been routinely described as ‘progressive’, ‘pro-European’ and ‘centrist’. It makes one wonder what the result might have been in a more balanced and professional media environment,” the report concluded.