European elections: Rise of the sovereignists
As was expected from the polls before the European elections, eurosceptics and sovereignists are on the rise. The support for the ENF (Europe of Nations and Freedom) has doubled in size by winning domestically across the EU.
Published: May 27, 2019, 10:06 am
Although the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group did not win a majority in EU parliament, it’s no longer the smallest group, having gained at least 74 seats instead of its previous 37.
Flemish Member of the ENF group Vlaams Belang, celebrated its huge success in several areas of Belgium during regional, federal and EU Parliamentary elections, which were all held on 26 May.
The chairman of Vlaams Belang, Tom van Grieken told Sputnik News that the secret of the party’s success was: “Put your own people first. That’s what a mother does for her children, and that’s the same thing that politicians should do with their people.”
With an increase of more than 10 percentage points, Vlaams Belang becomes the second Flemish party, both in the Flemish Parliament and in the Chamber. As the big winner of the elections, the party is calling for the cordon sanitaire to be broken, in order to co-operate with other parties.
“Double digits” is the goal that Van Grieken had set for his party. Already after the first results in Diksmuide and Heist-op-den-Berg, among others, it became clear that the party would be very well.
With more than 18 percent of the vote, it is now the second largest party in Flanders. At the constituency level, the party has reached the 20 percent mark in West Flanders, East Flanders and Limburg for the Flemish Parliament. At the European level, the party now has 3 seats, two more than in the last five years.
Flemish Interest (VB) became the 2nd largest party in Flanders. In some areas it gained from 20 to 38% of votes. VB (a member of ENF) also took 2nd place in the EU Parliamentary race with about 11.5% of votes, a close call for competitors N-VA who scored 13.5%. (provisional) pic.twitter.com/a5gM71NVNh
— Denis Bolotsky (@BolotskySputnik) May 26, 2019
Some 403 million eligible EU voters across Europe showed a preference for traditionalist parties. The National Rally (RN) in France won with a score of 23.31 percent ahead of the list of the presidential majority.
President Macron’s LREM came second with around 22.41 percent. The left, it appears have become more fragmented than ever, results with 99.9 percent of the votes counted, show.
Also, voter participation rate was notably higher than expected. European voters voted overwhelmingly with 51 percent across the 27 EU countries, according to figures released by the Parliament.
In France, the Europe-Ecology list became the third force in the country, gathering 13.47 percent of votes against 8.9 percent in 2014, ahead of the classic conservative Republicans (around 8 percent). They will now occupy 13 seats in the European Parliament.
Spain will be dispatching MEPs to Strasbourg too. As expected, the Socialists of Prime Minsiter Pedro Sanchez won a large victory with nearly 33 percent of the votes, well ahead of the conservatives of the Popular Party (PP).
Unlike other major EU countries – such as France or Italy boasting leaders Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini – Spanish citizens “are not divided on integration,” Jose Ignacio Torreblanca of the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank told the media.
EU28: Ladies and gentlemen, the new European Parliament!
(based on the results of the BBC, the European Parliament website, and based on our research of the future group affiliation of "new" parties entering the European Parliament). #EP2019 pic.twitter.com/WSMfdSRkuB
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 27, 2019
In the Netherlands, according to estimates, Dutch voters have shown their attachment to the EU by putting Labour at the forefront, and not the populists of the Forum for Democracy, as the polls predicted.
In Denmark, the Danish People’s Party, could only win 11 percent of the vote. And in Hungary, the Fidesz alliance with the Christian Democrats won the European Parliament election with 52.14 percent amid a higher-than-projected turnout in Sunday’s vote.
Italy, where voters cast their ballots on the last day of the EU Parliamentary elections, had banned all election-related opinion polls, and only when the first exit poll numbers finally started emerging around midnight on 27 May, it became apparent that Salvini’s Lega party had trounced the competition.
Matteo Bianchi, Lega’s MP in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, told Sputnik News, that Italian voters wanted a tough stance on illegal migration and support of traditional values. “Lega wants to change policy – especially on migration, and to keep the values of Europe, especially Christian values, and to put the family policies first”.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, reflecting on his Fidesz party’s victory, said Hungarians had entrusted the ruling alliance with three objectives: to stop immigration across Europe, to protect a Europe of nations and to protect Christian culture in Europe.
Orban said that it was now clear that Hungarians think that change is needed in Brussels. He added that with the high turnout Hungary had proven that “it is a European nation, a European country, that our place is in Europe, that Europe is our home, too, and so we want to change it”.
The 2019 EU Parliamentary elections were held in 28 member states over four days — from 23 May to 26 May, and a total of 751 members of the Parliament were elected.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
Care prompts bishops to criticize transgender ideology
The Catholic bishops of the Scandinavian countries presented an open five-page letter criticizing transgender ideology on March 21, just before Easter. The document primarily expresses care and advice and was read aloud in Catholic churches in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, is one of the signatories of the document.
Brits Forced to Live in Darkness and Cold
Food prices are rising at a furious pace, fastest in Scotland in almost half a century. At the same time, energy prices are at record highs. People are forced to choose between freezing or going hungry, and a majority of Scots are forced to live in cold and darkness to cope with bills. Old generations' tricks for saving and keeping warm are returning. Nevertheless, it is feared that 10,000 Brits will die of cold homes this winter. We present the Swedish Public Health Agency's guidelines on indoor temperature. Governments in Europe are introducing rationing and monitoring of food purchases. Net-zero emissions are a lie that, in practice, de-industrializes the West and dramatically lowers our standard of living.
Thousands of Flemish farmers block roads in Brussels against nitrogen policy
BrusselsMore than 2500 farmers from Belgium's Dutch-speaking Flanders region gathered at Brussels' central Arts-Loi street and blocked roads with tractors toward Brussels to protest the regional government's plan to limit nitrogen emissions.
Orban: EU energy sanctions costing citizens billions
BudapestHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned that some western states could soon send troops to Ukraine. He also criticized the fact that the EU sanctions against Russia had cost Hungarian taxpayers tens of billions of euros.
Italy: New leader of the Social Democrats is one of Soros’ ‘preferred politicians’
RomeDuring the election campaign, Elly Schlein presented herself as the standard-bearer of the poorest. However, her background and previous work raise doubts about her honesty.
UK greenhouses shut down due to high energy costs
LondonIn Great Britain, a particularly depressing facet of the crisis is now showing its first contours - and thus anticipating what is likely to happen in other European countries in the near future: because of the exploding energy prices, agriculture is being strangled and fresh produce has to be rationed.
Lisbon opens borders to all Portuguese speakers
LisbonNot only the German and Italian governments keep opening new paths for immigration. Portugal, too, has opened a Pandora's box and is paving the way for possibly millions of non-European immigrants to the EU – something which is not mentioned by the mainstream media.
Illegal immigration to Italy has reached its highest level ever
RomeIn Italy, despite the overwhelming right-wing electoral success in September, there is still nothing to be seen of the promised asylum turnaround – on the contrary. Giorgia Meloni has been in office for five months, but the arrivals of migrants in Italy have doubled compared to the previous year.
Dismantling diplomacy with ‘feminist foreign policy’
BudapestGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) wants to counter German security issues abroad with feminist politics. Gender training, LGBTQ events and quotas are now part of their new guidelines, which are intended to bring about "cultural change". The German ambassador to Hungary, Julia Gross, provided an embarrassing example.
Germans demand investigation of Nord Stream sabotage
BerlinAfter the sensational revelations by US investigative reporter Seymour Hersh about the perpetrators of the Nord Stream attacks on September 26, 2022, the German government has remained silent. It does not want to comment on Hersh's research results, according to which the pipelines were blown up by Americans and Norwegians.