‘Anti-European’ populists on track for big gains in EU elections, says report

January 24, 2024

Populist “anti-European” parties are heading for big gains in June’s European elections that could shift the parliament’s balance sharply to the right and jeopardise key pillars of the EU’s agenda including climate action, polling suggests. Polling in all 27 EU member states, combined with modelling of how national parties performed in past European parliament elections, shows radical right parties are on course to finish first in nine countries including Austria, France and Poland. after newsletter promotionThe polling and modelling suggested the current “centre-left” coalition (S&D, G/EFA and Left) will see its MEP tally fall to 33% from 36% of the total, with the main “centre-right” coalition (EPP, RE and ECR) slipping to 48% from 49%. If it does so, ECR and ID combined would have almost 25% of MEPs in the chamber, more than EPP and S&D. The existing “super coalition” of mainstream parties (EPP, S&D and RE), meanwhile, is projected to fall from 60% of MEPs to 54%.