One of the achievements of the Radical Rights Parties which coincided with matters arising from the growing influx of people to European Countries was the French Front National.
Between 1980 and 1990, the Radical Rights Parties used immigrants to cover up for the growing rate of unemployment and the low rate of employment.
These parties have remained on board longer than most people expected, being actively involved in the governmental affairs of the country as supporters of minority governments or as part of the ruling government.
Response to Immigration in the EU
Based on reports, most of the people eligible to vote in the EU are really interested in the subject of immigration. During the run-up to the Parliament Elections in May, people will have to be aware of how voting the Radical Rights Parties is going to affect immigration in the different political parties. From observations, it seems most people see the Parliament Elections as a chance to voice out their opinions on the performance of the ruling Parties.
In an estimate made by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to compare the number of people arriving in Europe in 2016 and in 2018, the figures had dropped terribly from 390,000 people to 144,000 people.
Although there has been a drop in the number of Refugees and Immigrants received within the last two years, the issue of migration is still very famous in several minds as it is obviously reflected in the two oppositions: the Bavarian CSU and the Merkel’s CDU.
Merkel’s government, though it survived the storm, had to go through it painfully while being stripped of the position of a party leader, and allowed to continue as a Chancellor.
From past observations, it has been noted that time after time, most Radical Right parties have been more successful in European Parliament Elections than in National Elections.
General Implication of the European Parliament Elections on the Grassroots
The European Parliament Elections gives the average European the leverage to comment on Domestic Politics and also indicates the trend across Europe.
Practical illustrations are indicative in various elections held in the past. In 2009, the British National Party won two of its first seats ever gotten in a European Parliament Elections. Meanwhile, the Labour Party recorded its least percentage of won seats since the start of the European Polls in 1979. Also, the German Social Democrats had a pitiably low vote percentage of 20.8.
In total, only 161 seats were won by the Center-Left Parties, compared to the 263 seats acquired by Center-Right Parties from the 736 seats in the European Elections.
Upcoming Elections in May 2019
The success of the Radical Rights Parties in the upcoming elections in May 2019 will be largely dependent on the prevailing issue of immigration.
The role of born foreigners and immigrants in the upcoming elections will be closely watched. As Europe gets more diversified in terms of culture, some political parties in some countries have taken candidates from different backgrounds.
According to MEP Neena Gill, 751 MEPs are working with the European Union, and from this great number, only about 12 of them are not whites, and about half of the MEPs are from the UK. Chances are high to have the number of non-white MEPs slash in two after Brexit.
The European Parliament might have probably failed to give diversity a major thought concerning the elections, but that doesn’t deter it’s from playing a significant part in the May 2019 elections.
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