Headline RoundupJune 10th, 2024

Europe’s Populist Right Makes Big Gains in EU Elections

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Several of Europe’s right-wing parties gained seats in the Union’s parliamentary elections over the weekend, while the coalition in the center held its ground.

The Details: The “pro-European” coalition between the center-right European People’s Party, the center-left Socialists and Democrats, and the liberal Renew Europe group won 403 seats, maintaining a parliamentary majority. Notable shifts included conservative Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s party doubling its seats and French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron’s party losing its majority, leading the Prime Minister to call a snap election.

Other Trends: Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany party surged, coming in second in Germany’s elections. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s populist Fidesz party secured a victory but ceded some ground to surging political newcomer Péter Magyar and his Tisza party.

For Context: Concerns about migration and climate policy reforms are believed to be the main drivers of the right-wing surge. European elections could foreshadow American election results, like in 2016, when Republican President Trump’s electoral victory followed the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union.

How The Media Covered It: The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) wrote that “Far-right parties rattled the traditional powers… with major gains.” Euronews (Center bias) concluded that the “projected surge in support for far-right parties was not as pronounced as some had expected.” Fox News (Right bias) framed its coverage primarily around conservative gains.

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