375 million voters, 736 seats: As the results for the European parliament elections came in yesterday the far-right seemed to be gaining more ground.Here in the UK, the BNP picked up two seats in the EU parliament.
The far-right Jobbik party, participating in the elections for the first time, finished third in Hungary with 14.74 per cent of the vote and will get three deputies.
In the Netherlands Geert Wilders’ PVV party won 17 per cent of the Dutch vote in the election and will send four deputies to the EU parliament.The ultra-nationalist Ataka party in Bulgaria also expects three seats after getting 10-12 per cent of the vote.
So did the right get it right in Europe? given that most voters either deserted mainstream parties or stayed at home in protest at the state of their economies.
It’s not often that we look at exclusively European issues on the programme, but these EU elections say a lot about the state of mind of nearly half a billion people.
Jonathan Freedland, a regular contributor to WHYS, argues from a British perspective that it’s time to vote Green.
In a time of economic downturn, do we search for the more radical answer? The more centrist parties will still be the the majority in Europe this time next week, but with a significant minority of extremists. Will that be better for Europe?