Parliament set for grand coalition after EU election despite Eurosceptic rise

Parliament set for grand coalition after EU election despite Eurosceptic rise

43.1% of EU citizens went to the polls on
Sunday to chose who will lead Europe for the next 5 years. Despite a remarkable rise in anti-European
parties, the first official results show that the political balance in the European Parliament
remained mostly unchanged. Pro-European center-right EPP and center-left
S&D will keep control of around 70% of the seats in the chamber. According to political
analysts, both parties are on track to form a grand coalition. “Grand coalition, yes, so that means more
compromises, more centric politics, which is again, pretty much in line with precious
parliaments that we have had in Europe. It is often the case that the two groups (EPP
and S&D) worked together . This time they will have to work together because the next
largest one is not sufficient to give a majority to either of them” But Eurosceptic parties gained significant
ground and the number of Eurosceptic members could be more than double. In France, the far-right Front National came
first with 25% of the vote. In the UK, the anti-EU UKIP scored 27%. “All people looking to the results in France,
this is a bad day for the European Union, when a party with a racist, xenophobic and
anti-Semitic programme gets 25% or 24% of the vote.” “It does look to me, although UKIP is gonna
win this election, and yes this will be an earthquake because never before in the history
of British politics has a party that seems to be an insurgent party ever topped the polls
in a national election.” What remains to be seen is what will happen
with the 38 Non-affiliated and the 67 “other” MEPs who do not yet belong to any political
party. The majority belong to populist and extremist anti- EU groups. Meanwhile, EU heads of state are meeting on
Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the aftermath of the European elections and to start negotiations
on who will be the next Commission President. There are rumours that EU leaders might not
appoint one of the current candidates. But experts believe it is very likely to happen. IMF’s Christine Lagarde or ex- trade commissioner
Pascal Lamy are among the possibilities.


  1. So the fact that Anti European parties won in several countries means that these countries must look forward to 'more Europe' and the federalist agenda despite rejecting the notion as a nation categorically. This is not democracy, this is yet another EU stitch up and why being members of the EU is not in our national interest – our people and their sentiments are being ignored. Exit is the only way we will get control of our own country back.

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