What to expect from the EU after far-right gains in election | DW News

Despite considerable gains for the far right in the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, the center-right European People’s Party is poised to remain the biggest party in the European Parliament.
That’s the party of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who’s seeking a second term. Von der Leyen promised the EPP would build a bastion against extremes. But on the campaign trail, she refused to rule out cooperating with members of the hard right, like Italy’s Georgia Meloni.
Votes are still being counted, but we’re getting a clearer idea of the future makeup of the European Parliament.
The EPP remain the biggest group in the projected new parliament: The center-right bloc includes parties like Germany’s Christian Democrats and Spain’s People’s Party. But the biggest swings are at the ends of the spectrum, with voters turning their backs on Europe’s Green parties, and looking towards the Identity and Democracy Group. It includes far-right, nationalist and populist parties, many of them Eurosceptics. The right-wing group expelled Germany’s far-right AfD party earlier this year following various scandals.

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