OK, we elected the European Parliament, now what?

This Sunday, the results of the European elections became known. After counting the votes, the PS is ahead with eight elected, followed by the AD, which elects seven MEPs. Chega and the Liberal Initiative have two elected representatives each. The Bloc and CDU each have one representative in the European Parliament.

Of the remaining 26 Member States, 21 elected radical right forces, which are popular with the European Conversations and Reformists (ECR) and Identity and Democracy (ID) benches. Still, the fragmentation and weight of political groups is practically the same as it was five years ago. The socialist group (S&D) loses a mandate, and the liberals of Renew Europe (RE) secure – for now – third place. The EPP (European People’s Party) continues to be the largest political family in Brussels and Strasbourg, but the extreme right is, as we expected, the political faction with greater growth in the European elections.

The big winners of the night in Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Italy and France were the leaders of the extreme right. And if there were still doubts about the importance of the European elections for national politics, the overwhelming victory of Marine Le Pen’s National Regroupment precipitated the dissolution of the French National Assembly and the convening of are early elections for the end of June. In the neighboring country, the dismissal of the Belgian executive followed the European victory of the nationalist talkers of the New Flemish Alliance, on a night of triple elections na Bélgica.

Also in Germany, the results of the AfD party awakened an existential crisis in the centrist coalition led by Olaf Scholz, and the Hungarian Órban trembled, but not enough to shake him from the presumptuous throne he will occupy ¡ during the presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July.

The new European Parliament now has more than 200 Eurosceptic MEPs and even…social media stars. Still, Arraial de Brussels registered an abstention rate of over 60% in Portugal, without detracting from greater affluence to the polls, the result of voting in mobility.

Ok, we elected the new European parliament. And now? What can we expect from the first 100 days of this new parliamentary configuration? What implications will the elections have for the EU’s “top jobsâ€, in the European Commission, in the European Council, and in the Parliament itself? Will this be the beginning of the end of Macronismo? And what Europe will we have, not in the next five, but fifty years?

At the beginning of this week, the process of creating political groups in the European Parliament began. It should be noted that, unlike most national elections, in which the number of seats per party is revealed after the final results, in the European Parliament, deputies only officially form part of a political family after all the groups met and formally agreed to join. But the final formation will only be decided during the first plenary session of the European Parliament, on July 16th.

The next few weeks will be dedicated to reaching agreements at the adults’ table, while center-right and center-left political groups try to establish a sanitary cordon the far right and seek to persuade the political parties nationals with small slices of the pie, such as coordination positions on influential committees in Parliament.

The real “hunger games†have begun to nominate European leaders (presidents of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament, and the next person responsible for European diplomacy) who will set the bloc’s political pace until 2029. The main name at the table has been that of Ursula von der Leyen, the great favorite for a new term leading the European Commission. The German needs a majority of 361 votes among 720 MEPs, and has promised to negotiate, first, with pro-European forces, although it will not close the doors to the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

The first discussion between heads of state and government of member states on the outcome of the elections will take place on Monday, in Brussels, after the G7 meeting. During the summit, the leaders will also stipulate the bloc’s strategic objectives for these five years.

In the next 100 days, we will hear a lot about about das negoti‧ões for the accession of Ukraine and Moldova to the European Union, the setbacks of the Hungarian presidency of the Council of the EU, the beginning of the 10th legislature of the European Parliament with the election that of the president, and the next resident of the 13th floor of the Berlaymont, the headquarters of the Commission.

A “wonder team†must be chosen by December. One thing is certain – with or without a coalition with the center parties, the extreme right will cement its influence on Europe’s political agenda.

Faced with the complex security and defense challenges that will mark the next term, the European Union now has a unique opportunity to put an end to the policy of small steps and dependencies. Leveraged by the urgency of its internal and external vulnerabilities, with a Paris-Berlin axis weakened by the extreme right, geopolitical crises with no end in sight, growing polarization and an enlargement yet to be defined, Europe is facing a new era that will require greater political courage, solidarity, autonomy and strategic visionaccelerated integration and true cooperation.


Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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