Roof falls in for Tories in EU elections Labour also does poorly big wins forNigel Farage,Brexit party, also for Lib Dems

The results of the European election as of Monday May 27,2019 show the biggest winner is the new Brexit party headed by Nigel Farage the UK nationalist anti EU English politician. his party won 29 seats and got more than 5 million votes, out of the 17.2 million cast and over 31 % of the vote.The two major parties will be worried that this swing in the new party‘s favour might affect the next general election.

Somewhat behind but doing very well were the pro remain anti Brexit Liberal Democrats who won  3.4   million votes and 20.3 percent of the vote and 16 seats. The Labour Party won just 10 seats and over 2.3 million votes followed by the Greens who won 7 seats with 2 million votes. Then in fifth place the governing tory party with just 4 seats just ahead of the Scottish Nationalists with 3 seats and Plaid Cymru and the DUP with one seat each. Overall voters who voted for pro remain parties outnumber those who voted for Brexit parties . Since Labour sought to straddle the two positions some of its vote is pro Brexit and some pro remain but if they and the Tory vote are left aside the voters who voted remain parties significantly outnumber the Brexiteers . The Guardian estimates by a margin of 50 % to 47 % however the voter turnout  under 38 % is rather low compared to a general election or referendum so much is still unclear.For example the last general election in the UK had a turnout of just under 69 %.

Overall in the rest of Europe the two largest blocks the conservative Christian democrats and. the socialist social democratic bloc lost some ground to the Greens and the nationalist parties who each gained seats at the expense of the two largest parties. the Liberal coalition parties to which the Lib Dems belong also gained seats and will likely influence policy alongside the Greens who won 69 seats. In France Marine Le Pen‘s nationalist party edged out President Macron 22 to 21 seats.The Greens doubled their seat number to 12, France insoumise, a socialist ecologists anti globalization party won 6 seats and les Republicans a right coalition won 8 seats and the left coalition won 5 seats. Nationalist parties also did well in Sweden, Italy Hungary and Poland. In Germany the ruling CDU-CSU coalition won  29 seats, the Grune, Green party20 seats, the SPD 16 seats , the right wing nationalist AfD 11 seats, die Link the radical left  6 seats the FDP the free Democratic Party 5 seats with 7 smaller parties winning 1 or 2 seats each. The next few years will be an interesting test of the resilience of the centrist parties  against the onslaught of the more radical left and right nationalist parties.Governing will require lots of compromise.

In Italy the Northern League right wing won 28 seats and 33.4 % of the vote while the PD Democratic Party centre left 22% of vote won 18 seats and M5S five star party 14  seats  ,the FI7 Forza Italia 7 seats the FDI 5 a right wing party fratelli d‘Italia with a connection to a descendant of Mussolini and the SVP 1.

In Spain the PSOE-PSC  the Spanish socialist workers party won 20 seats; the PP the conservative popular party won 12 seats; the C‘s a liberal citizens party won 7 seats, the Catalonian coalition party won 6, another coalition party won 3 seats and Vox a right wing party won 3 seats.Two Catalan nationalist parties won 3 seats


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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