The populist and nationalist parties participating in the European elections set for May 23-26 are set to double their number of seats in the 705-seat European Parliament. Whereas they currently only hold some 5% of the power in Europe, current polling have them doubling that to at least 10%. Furthermore, telephone polling in Europe historically undercounts the actual vote for the right as most people don’t dare to admit they intend to vote for a nationalist or anti-immigrant party.
According to a report in Bild, which surveyed more than 9,000 people, right-wing Euroskeptic parties are in the lead in France, Italy and Poland;
In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party is likely to receive 23 percent of the vote. In Italy, Matteo Salvini’s League is poised to win 33 percent of the vote. In Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice, which is not a member of the ENF group, is on pace to secure a whopping 42 percent.
If the poll comes true, it would be a major blow for EU-favored politicians like France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.