Paradox of Far-Right Gains: How Russia’s Influence Differentiates Western and Eastern Europe in EU Elections

Extreme right in countries close to Russia punished by Vladimir Putin’s threat

In the heart of the European Union, far-right parties made significant gains in countries such as France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and Luxembourg. However, the opposite trend was seen in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. This paradoxical difference can be attributed to Russia’s influence, as it supported radical right parties in Western Europe while provoking a counter reaction in countries closer to Russia.

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 European Union and NATO as protective shields against perceived Russian threats leading voters to turn away from far-right parties aligned with Moscow.

The defeat of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the elections may pave the way for Ursula Von der Leyen’s reappointment as President of the European Commission. As national leaders renegotiate alliances and positions within the EU, there is a shift away from far-right parties toward more pro-European forces. The European political groups are working on forming alliances ahead of next week’s meeting of national government leaders. Discussions are also underway for appointments of senior officials in the EU. Social democrats and environmentalists are supporting former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa for presidency of European Council while conservatives are pushing for Ursula Von der Leyen’s retention as President of European Commission.

In the heart of the European Union, far-right parties made significant gains in countries such as France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and Luxembourg. However, the opposite trend was seen in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. This paradoxical difference can be attributed to Russia’s influence, as it supported radical right parties in Western Europe while provoking…

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