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EU Elections: The Aftermath

EU Elections: The Aftermath

Athens, 11 June 2024

In recent years, there has been a significant rise of far-right parties in Europe, shaking up the political landscape and causing a shift in the EU elections. But what has led to this rise of the far right in Europe?

By Angelos Tsigkopoulos: Publisher, The Decision Maker magazine and Founder & CEO, Diorasis Group

Rise of the Far Right in Europe

The EU enlargement after the collapse of the USSR and Yugoslavia has been a risky strategy. The collapsed Communist economies would require EU funding, putting extra stress on the pockets of EU citizens. In the long-term, this could naturally lead to protests against such policies, providing an opening for populism and far-right ideologies to gain traction. Additionally, the EU's potential intention to engage in war with Russia has faced strong opposition from EU citizens. This has been reflected in the voting patterns, with parties opposed to a conflict with Russia gaining support. For example, in France, Emmanuel Macron's stance on sending troops to Ukraine to fight against Russia has resulted in a decrease in his popularity, with far-right leader Marine Le Pen gaining ground.

Major Issues Pushing Voters to the Far Right

Cultural reforms and security have also been key issues driving voters towards far-right parties. In Greece, for instance, controversial topics such as same-sex marriage and the Tempi railway accident have impacted the ruling party's popularity. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' Nea Dimokratia party saw a decrease of approximately 5% in comparison to the 2019 EU elections, indicating a shift towards the far right. The results of the EU elections hold significant implications for the west and its relationship with the east. The rise of far-right parties in countries such as Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, and Portugal suggests a shift in the political landscape. This could potentially impact international relations and threaten world peace.

The Way Forward

In a short article/summary of mine, following the Fourth International Forum on Energy Security for the Future, held at the Yacht Club in Monaco in 2019, I stressed the necessity to carefully manage the energy relations between the West and Russia. I pointed out as the Founder and CEO of Diorasis Group that business competition rather than sanctions on Russia would give International Relations a chance of avoiding any military conflict. I stressed the necessity of Greece stepping up due to its geopolitical importance for the area, by drilling for the newly-discovered resources of gas and oil.

Energy Security for The Future; 4th Annual Energy Security Forum, 31 May 2019 | Monaco, Monte Carlo

In light of these developments, it is crucial for policymakers to carefully navigate the changing political landscape in Europe. Instead of resorting to sanctions or military conflicts, a focus on healthy business competition could provide a more sustainable approach to international relations. Countries like Greece, with their strategic geopolitical position, could play a pivotal role in managing energy resources and promoting stability in the region.

As the dust settles on the EU elections and the aftermath becomes clearer, it is essential for leaders to address the concerns of their citizens and work towards fostering unity and cooperation. Only through dialogue and collaboration can Europe overcome the challenges posed by the rise of the far right and build a prosperous and peaceful future for all.

In conclusion, the results of the EU elections and the rise of the far right in Europe signal a significant shift in the political landscape. It is important for leaders to address the grievances of their citizens and work towards inclusive policies that promote unity and stability in the region.

In other words, it is time for an EU restructuring.


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