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Europe is getting it right: An Analysis of the 2024 EU Elections

Starting from 2019, the EU has faced significant challenges that have driven it in less desirable directions. Geopolitical mismanagement, the COVID-19 pandemic, rising prices, and high costs of living have contributed to widespread dissatisfaction. Inflation has affected our currencies, and the decision to fund the Ukraine war has been controversial, as it seemingly contradicts European values of peace and diplomacy. The EU should have positioned itself as an intermediary to achieve a peaceful resolution.

Seeing these concerning trends, I decided to leverage my market research capabilities to support right-wing movements. Despite multiple invitations to join right-wing parties, I chose to remain an independent professional, providing valuable information and research to various parties. The recent EU elections have shown that the right-wing tide is rising, reflecting the desire for change among European voters.

Election Results Overview

Austria

  • Freedom Party of Austria (FPOe): 25.7%
  • People’s Party (OeVP): 24.7%
  • Social Democrats (SPOe): 23.2%

The FPOe’s victory marks a significant shift in Austria, indicating a strong preference for their policies on immigration and national sovereignty.

Belgium

  • Vlaams Belang: 13%
  • Mouvement Reformateur: 13%
  • New Flemish Alliance (N-VA): 13%

Vlaams Belang’s narrow victory highlights the growing support for far-right ideologies in Belgium, although the vote was split among multiple parties.

France

  • National Rally (RN): 32%

Marine Le Pen’s RN more than doubled the vote share of Macron’s allies, signifying a major political shift in France.

Germany

  • Christian Democratic Union: 30%
  • Alternative for Germany (AfD): Increased support despite scandals

Germany’s conservative bloc remains strong, but the AfD’s gains reflect growing right-wing sentiment.

Hungary

  • Fidesz: 43%

Despite a decline, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party remains dominant, though opposition is growing.

Italy

  • Brothers of Italy: 28%

Giorgia Meloni’s party leads the EU elections in Italy, further consolidating right-wing power.

Netherlands

  • Freedom Party: 17%
  • Left-Green Alliance: 21%

Geert Wilders’ party finished second, underscoring a significant right-wing presence in the Netherlands.

Spain

  • People’s Party (PP): 34.2%
  • Vox: 9.6%
  • Se Acabó la Fiesta: Three seats

Spain’s PP won narrowly over the socialists, with far-right Vox increasing its seats and the new faction Se Acabó la Fiesta making a strong debut.

Conclusion

The 2024 EU elections reflect a clear trend towards right-wing parties, driven by widespread dissatisfaction with the current state of the EU. Voters are increasingly supporting parties that promise to address immigration, national sovereignty, and economic stability. As an independent professional, I am proud to have contributed to this shift through my market research and analysis. The results indicate a desire for change and a move towards policies that prioritize national interests and pragmatic governance.

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