Across Europe parties opposing Net Zero and mass immigration are gaining power as millions of citizens shift their allegiance towards populist Right-wing parties. Sue Reid in the Mail has the story.
The dramatic development will transform the EU if the swelling wave of populist sentiment translates into political power at the bloc’s parliamentary elections next year.
In a backlash against open borders and Net Zero diktats, the EU’s traditional social democrats, green ideologues and Left-wingers are losing their appeal at the ballot box.
The rebellion has been growing — and the dominos continue to fall.
Right-wingers have gained power in Sweden, then in Italy, Finland and Greece.
The Spanish could be next, with national elections in a week, then Holland and — as I reported in these pages earlier this week — Germany could soon follow.
Our map [below] shows that more than a third of the EU’s 27 member nations are now run, or highly influenced, by populist-style Governments or factions. All favour halting uncontrolled migration, tackling crime, promoting traditional families and pausing hated EU laws aimed at forcing people to alter their lifestyles to reach Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The change in political outlook means the EU, a bloc rooted in technocratic social democracy, may soon become too liberal for the ordinary people living within its borders.
Hans Kundnani, a European political analyst at the international think-tank Chatham House in London, says the surge of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war for Germany in 2015 is the genesis of the European “convergence… of the centre-Right and the far-Right over the past decade”. The shift, he adds, may have “profound consequences for the EU”.
Worth reading in full.