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EU election:right and populist triumph in Poland and Hungary

Social Democrats 'punished' in Romania, "draw" in Croatia

27 May, 18:55
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 27 - Kaczynski's conservative right-wing party achieved a victory beyond expectations in Poland and Orban recorded a new triumph in Hungary. The populists led by prime minister Babis in the Czech Republic and the conservatives led by premier Borissov in Bulgaria have been confirmed. Draw between those who govern and the opposition in Croatia, whereas in Romania and Slovenia, voters rewarded the opposition parties. These are the EU election results in Central and Eastern and Balkan Europe.

POLAND. In Warsaw, the Law and Justice party led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski (akin to the Ecr group) still triumphs, with 45.56% of the vote, seven points more than the heterogeneous European Coalition, at 38.3%. Wiosna (Spring) ranked third, with 6% of the vote. In the country, the European vote seems to be paving the way for a government reshuffle, given that among the new MEPs are three ministers, including the Interior and Education ministers and deputy-premier Beata Szydlo.

Czech Republic: the populists of Ano (Alde group), the party led by prime minister Andrej Babis, won with 21.18% of the vote, up 5%, winning six seats in the European Parliament. The conservatives of the Civic Democratic Party (ECR) have become the second biggest party with 14.54% (up 7%) and won four seats.

The Pirates became the third biggest political force in the Central European country with 13.95%.

SLOVAKIA: Taking advantage of the favorable long wave of the recent presidential elections, the center-left liberals of Progressive Slovakia led by the new-elect president Zuzana Caputova won with 20.11%. Former prime minister Robert Fico's Social Democrats have been severely defeated, losing 9 points (compared to 2014) and falling to 15.7%. The SNS ultra-right party recorded strong growth, with 12% (up 10%). In terms of turnout, the picture is decidedly brighter than in 2014 (13%), with 22.7% but the turnout at the EU election in Slovakia even in 2019 was the lowest in Europe.

HUNGARY. The Fidesz party led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban won hands down, focusing as always on the immigration issue to convince voters. Fidesz won 52.3% of the vote. In the second place, with a significant result, came the Democratic Coalition (DK) with 16.3%, followed by the Liberals of Momentum at 9.7%, the socialists at 6.6% and the former ultra-right Jobbik party, at 6.5%. Fidesz, suspended by the EPP, has not removed its doubts about the placement of its thirteen MPs in the European parliament. The last European elections have attracted more voters than ever, with a record turnout, from 28.9% five years ago to 43.3% (preliminary data). SLOVENIA: The alliance between the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS, conservative) and the Slovenian People's Party (SLS), which won over 26.43% of the vote, has achieved victory in Slovenia. The coalition has won three seats. In second place come the Social Democrats (SD), at 18.64%, followed by the list of the current premier Marjan Sarec (LMS), now the third largest force in the country, with 15.58% (both parties won 2 seats).

The New Slovenia party (EPP), which won 11% of the vote, also managed to get a seat in the European Parliament. CROATIA: according to the final results, the Hdz conservatives (22.7%) won, but recorded a sharp decline compared to 2014; the Social Democrats (opposition) obtained 18.7%. And there was a draw in Zagreb between the major center-right and center-left parties, which share eight seats. The Zivi Zid populist party succeeded for the first time in joining the European Parliament, winning a seat, with 5.6%. ROMANIA: The Social Democratic Party (PSD) in the government won only 22.6%, whereas its allies of the Alde (Liberal and Democratic Alliance) with 4.1% do not exceed the threshold of 5%. The main opposition party in Bucharest, the Liberal National Party (PNL) won with 26.9%. The Psd was punished "due to the disastrous way in which it ruled the country," said liberal president Klaus Iohannis. In Romania, there is a growing turnout, at 51% (preliminary figure), compared to 32.4% in 2014 and the highest percentage since 2007, when Bucharest entered the European Union.

BULGARIA: In Sofia, the voters rewarded the conservatives of the Gerb party led by the current premier, Boyko Borissov, who won almost 31% of the vote according to available data (the definitive data have not yet been published). The Socialists of the BSP came second (24.2%). The turnout across the country is in contrast with the rest of central-eastern Europe: the percentage of voters between Sofia and Plovdiv was 30.8% this year (preliminary data), compared to 35, 8% five years ago.


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