The far right is here to stay

It was a turning point but Europe did not turn.

Despite fears of a right-wing populist surge, a majority of voters across the Continent cast their ballots for mainstream, pro-European Union parties in the recent elections for the European Parliament. The main center-right and center-left blocs have lost their majority, but they will continue to dominate the 751-member legislative body. The center has held for now.

But the anti-Brussels, nationalist far right that includes parties like Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France and Matteo Salvini’s League in Italy, and which has received support and advice from Steve Bannon, did make serious headway. These parties, along with other euroskeptics, are expected to hold close to 25 percent of the European Parliament’s seats when the new body meets for the first time in July. The far right may not be dominant but it should now be clear to everyone that this movement is not going away any time soon.

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