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Fight for the soul of Europe begins

The political centre is shifting distinctly to the right

8 June 2024

9:00 AM

8 June 2024

9:00 AM

Panic appears to be setting in among European elites. Elections for the European Parliament will take place this week (from 6 to 9 June) in the face of increasing popularity of right-wing parties.

Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown warned in the Guardian last month that, ‘a hard-right tidal wave will hit the EU’ and that, ‘Ultra-nationalist demagogues and populist-nationalists are now leading the polls in Italy, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia’, claiming that these groups are ‘forcing the hand of the traditional centre-right parties – which, one by one, are capitulating to ever more extreme anti-immigration, anti-trade and...

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