Big Question for EU Vote: How Well Will the Far-Right Do?

Lorne Cook, Angela Charlton, Elena Becatoros and Colleen Barry, The New York Times / The Washington Post, 22.05.2019

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The European Parliament elections that start Thursday have never been so hotly anticipated, with many predicting that this year's ballot will mark a coming-of-age moment for the euroskeptic far-right movement.

The elections, which run through Sunday and take place in all of the European Union's 28 nations, have never had stakes that high. [...]

"We have a crisis of the European Union. This is a matter of fact," Macron acknowledged.

Experts say he's right.

"There are a lot of people who fear that things potentially are moving in the wrong direction or already have moved in the wrong direction," said Janis Emmanouilidis at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels. "It is a mix of multiple insecurities which, at the end of the day, is pushing people toward those who are coming up with easy answers." [...]

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