[Marxism] Electoral « Earthquake » In Europe

Juan Andres Gallardo juanagallardo at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 16:11:21 MDT 2014

Electoral « Earthquake » In Europe

>From May 22nd to 25th, elections for the European Parliament took place in
the 28 member-countries of the European Union (EU). With an persistent and
sizeable absention, the election revealed a strong political polarization
and a weakening of the traditional parties - socialdemocrats and
conservatives. The brutal austerity engaged in the past few years, headed
by the Troika, like the ones we’ve seen in Greece, in the Spanish State or
Portugal, generated a large rejection of the EU, and of the Brussels’
bureaucracy. This explains much of the electoral outcome.

The great winners were the « eurosceptic » parties (opposed to the EU), the
xenophobic extreme-right wing or the so-called « populists ». The prime
expression of this phenomena was the victory of Marine Le Pen’s National
Front in France, with 26 % of ballots. Also the UKIP (United Kingdom
Independence Party), obtaining 32 % of the votes, broke down the
traditional bipartisanism of the Labour and Conservative parties. The
Danish People’s Party pulled off a 27 %, and the Freedom Party of Austria
over 20 %. A openly fascist organization like Golden Dawn in Greece obtain
9,4% and the Jobbik (Nationalist Party) in Hungria beat the socialdemocrats
with close to 15 % of the votes. At the same time, it is important to note
that in the countries where that type of far-right parties imposed their
reactionary message in previous european elections, they fell back. It’s
the case in Italy, Belgium and Holland.
On the other hand, various reformist left-wing parties (called « radicals »
by the press) significantly grew their influence. In Greece, Syriza reached
26,5 %, that’s 3 points over New Democracy, the governing conservative
party. Another « stroke of luck » for the reformist left-wing was in the
Spanish State. To be sure, the right-wing Popular Party (in power) won,
together with the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Workers Party) with whom he forms
the traditional bipartisanism. But they only obtained 49% of the votes,
while United Left and the new PODEMOS group, who had different lists, won
respetively 10 % and 8 %, becoming the 3rd and 4th political force at
national level. In Portugal also, the reformist left-wing in its differents
forms obtained some 18 %.

In this situation Germany looks like an « island of stability ». The
parties forming the coalition government led by Merkel managed to preserve
themselves in the midst of the strong political crisis Europe is going

To analyze these results and the political perspective they open, the FT-CI
interviewed Ciro Tappeste of the Revolutionary Communist Current (CCR) in
the NPA in France, Santiago Lupe of Class against Class (CcC) in the
Spanish State, and Stefan Schneider of the Rio Group (RIO) in Germany
(european organizations related to the Argentina-based PTS and to the

Read full interview:

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