EU elections: Possible winners, losers and massive upsets, here’s what you need to know

Elections for the ninth European parliament come at a critical juncture for European politics, with rising geopolitical tensions worldwide thanks to bombastic rhetoric courtesy of the Trump administration aimed at both Iran and China and a rising tide of Euroskepticism unbalancing the bloc.

Also on
‘You’re getting worried’: Verhofstadt mocked for challenging Salvini to debate

Furthermore, turnout in the last European Parliamentary elections in 2014 was just 43 percent despite compulsory voting in Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Luxembourg.

Key Issues

In 2019, the main campaign issues are focused on a general economic slowdown across the region, the ongoing but somewhat slowed migrant crisis and a rising tide of Euroskepticism exemplified by the respective gains made by Germany’s AfD, France’s Front National, Golden Dawn in Greece, Italy’s Five Star movement and, of course, the UK’s newly-minted Brexit party to name but a few.


Voting began Thursday in The Netherlands and the UK, despite the latter’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Ireland and the Czech Republic will follow suit on Friday May 24. The remaining EU member states will vote on the 25th and 26th.

Germany commands the most seats (96) given its population of 82.79 million citizens, whereas smaller nations like Malta and Luxembourg receive a paltry six seats.

What’s at stake?

The elected MEPs will serve five-year terms, and will be tasked with passing  EU laws, setting EU budgets and providing oversight for EU institutions. The European Commission proposes laws, but the European Parliament and the Council of Europe vote for said legislation in addition to any amendments.

Also on
‘Enemies of freedom’? Germany launches anti-rightwing crusade amid Austrian govt crisis

Predictions for Key players

Many right-wing and anti-establishment parties are expected to make significant gains in the elections Europe-wide. The Parliament is further divided along political affiliation, not nationality, leading to the formation of subgroups including the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) as well as opposition groups who are predominantly Euroskeptic in nature, such as the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), and the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF).

The European Council on Foreign Relations predicts this Euroskeptic subset could take up to one third of the parliamentary seats in the 2019 elections.

Also on
‘We want nothing to do with you’: Salvini says Merkel and Macron ‘ruined’ Europe

UK – Chief among them is Farage’s new Brexit Party, as many expect him to replicate UKIP’s stunning victory in 2014, topping the EU elections with 27.5 percent of the British vote. The beleaguered British Conservative Party is expected to cede significant ground while opposition parties like Labour may also incur the wrath of a despondent UK populace who are weary of repeated failures to draw the Brexit saga to a close.

France – Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Rally party will fight a close battle with Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! party.

The Netherlands – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s VVD party is expected to hold its own but the upstart, Euroskeptic Forum for Democracy (FvD) is set to be the big winner.

Germany – Voters are increasingly worried about the rise of China and the lack of a coordinated defensive posture for Europe dominated campaigning in Germany. The center-right Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union are expected to be the clear winners bagging an average of 28 seats according to predictions, but the surging AfD party may also replicate gains in previous elections amid growing national anxiety over immigration and asylum policy.

Italy – The incumbent Italian government, the anti-immigration League and the right-wing Five Star movement, are essentially fighting a proxy election campaign via the European elections, with each vying for control of their own national government after a fractured relationship.

The first official results are expected to be published at approximately 23:00CET on Sunday.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Source Article from

Related Posts
Wall Street Will Likely Be the Only Winners in the Pandemic Housing Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown it has precipitated is having a profound effect on Read more

Trump congratulated Superbowl winners Kansas City Chiefs who "represented the Great State of Kansas"

Email Us For general inquiries and advertising, email: Admin (at) Article Read more

Sound Money Scholarship Winners Announced — 7 Outstanding Thinkers Earn Nearly $10,000 in Tuition Assistance

Eagle, ID (November 5, 2019) – Seven outstanding students beat out over 100 of their Read more

Elites, int’l contests medal-winners, heroes of talent, education, learning: President Rouhani – President described the role of students’ families and the family environment effective on Read more

Hits: 51

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply

The maximum upload file size: 100 MB.
You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, other.
Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded.


Powered by WordPress | Designed by: Premium WordPress Themes | Thanks to Themes Gallery, Bromoney and Wordpress Themes