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The "new" European Parliament. Not as right-veering as everyone said

The reaction to the recent elections for the European Parliament was a pronounced shock at how well parties on the right had done - notably Le Pen in France and Golden dawn in Greece.   A sober reflection and analysis shows that things didn't turn out as the media hype suggested.

"Now that the dust has settled from the recent elections for the European Parliament, it is time to take a deep breath and see what really happened.

No, Britain is not about to toss its immigrant population into the sea. No, France’s Marine Le Pen is not about to march on the Elysee Palace. And as repulsive as the thugs of Hungary’s Jobbik Party and Greece’s Golden Dawn are, it was the continent’s left to whom the laurels went in last month’s poll.

Parties that targeted unemployment, austerity, and the growing wealth gap in Europe did well. The dramatic breakthrough of right-wing, racist, and xenophobic parties in France, Britain, and Denmark had less to do with a neo-Nazi surge than with the inability or unwillingness of the mainstream parties in those countries to offer a viable alternative to a half decade of economic misery.

Indeed, if there was a message in the May 25 EU elections, it was that those who trumpeted austerity as the panacea for economic crisis were punished."

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