Mon. Jun 17th, 2024
Extreme right in countries close to Russia punished by Vladimir Putin’s threat

The far-right has seen significant gains in the heart of the European Union, with countries such as France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, and Luxembourg experiencing an uptick in radical right parties. However, this trend has been reversed in Eastern Europe and the Scandinavian region. This paradoxical difference can be attributed to Russia’s influence, as it has supported radical right parties in Western Europe but provoked a counter reaction in countries closer to Russia.

In contrast to these gains, countries that are geographically closer to Russia have seen losses for extreme right parties. This is due to their perception of the EU and NATO as protective shields against perceived Russian threats. As a result, voters have turned away from far-right parties aligned with Moscow.

The upcoming European elections serve as a way for citizens to express their dissatisfaction with their governments without overthrowing them. Despite emerging as the first political force in several countries like France, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands, the extreme right faced losses in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary Romania Finland Sweden and Denmark. These countries view the EU and NATO as essential safeguards against Russian threats.

As discussions continue on forming alliances ahead of next week’s meeting of national government leaders and appointments for senior officials within the EU take place. Social democrats and environmentalists are pushing for former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa for the presidency of the European Council while conservatives are advocating for Ursula Von der Leyen’s retention as President of the European Commission.

The defeat of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz could pave the way for Von der Leyen’s reappointment. As national leaders negotiate new alliances within the EU landscape is evolving towards more pro-European forces.

In summary, while far-right parties have made gains in some parts of Western Europe due to Russia’s support; Eastern Europe and Scandinavian countries have seen losses due to their perceived need for protection from perceived Russian threats through alliance with EU/NATO. The upcoming European elections will determine which way this paradoxical trend will continue shaping European politics.

By Aiden Nguyen

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