In August 2023, Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni remarked, “It is clear that Europe’s answers for its citizens are not working.” This statement encapsulates the sentiment that has resonated across the continent, especially in light of the recent European Parliament elections. The success of various right-wing parties in these elections has sparked intense discussions about Europe’s political trajectory, invoking memories of its tumultuous past and raising questions about its future.

The Election Results and Their Implications

From June 6th to 9th, over 180 million Europeans cast their votes to elect 720 members of the European Parliament. This institution wields significant influence over numerous aspects of European governance, including the single market, international trade, environmental sustainability, agriculture, and immigration. Each EU member country sends delegates to the Parliament based on its population, with Germany sending the largest contingent of 96 MEPs, followed by France with 81, Italy with 76, Spain with 61, and Poland with 53.

Traditionally, the European Parliament has been dominated by liberal parties. The previous term saw the center-right European People’s Party (EPP), centrist Renew Europe, left-wing Socialists, and Greens holding a majority of 489 seats. However, the 2024 elections marked a significant shift. The Greens lost 18 seats, the Socialists lost four, and Renew Europe lost 23. In contrast, the far-right parties made considerable gains. The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, which includes Meloni’s party, gained four seats. Identity and Democracy (ID), which includes Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, Italy’s Lega, and Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), gained nine seats. Notably, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), expelled from ID, now holds 15 seats, six more than before.

France: The Epicenter of Change

The most dramatic shift occurred in France, where Marine Le Pen’s National Rally won over 30% of the vote, securing 30 seats and overtaking President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party. Jordan Bardella, the 28-year-old president of National Rally and Le Pen’s protégé, has successfully rebranded the party, distancing it from its radical and fascist associations and attracting a more moderate electorate.

In response to the election results, Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called for snap elections. This bold move aimed to mobilize moderate voters against the far-right, though it also risked further empowering National Rally. Current polls suggest a victory for National Rally, albeit without a majority, meaning they would need to form coalitions to govern effectively.

Germany and Beyond

In Germany, the AfD confirmed its status as the second-largest party after the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU). Chancellor Olaf Scholz faces pressure to call early elections, which could see the AfD gain even more influence. Similar rightward shifts were observed in Austria, where the FPÖ performed strongly, and in Poland, where the right-wing Confederation made significant gains.

The Underlying Causes

Several factors contribute to Europe’s shift to the right. The left’s focus on identity politics and wokeness has alienated some voters, particularly regarding migration policies. The policy of open borders, intended to address demographic challenges, has led to social tensions and security concerns, fueling support for right-wing parties.

Moreover, the current geopolitical climate, marked by the Russian war of conquest, the war in Gaza, and tensions over Taiwan, has created a sense of instability. Economic challenges, such as the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and trade tensions with China, have also played a role. In such times, voters tend to favor parties that promise stability and security, even if it means embracing more radical solutions.

The Future of the European Union

The rise of right-wing parties presents a significant challenge to the European Union. The new European Parliament will have to navigate critical issues such as energy policy, climate change, the technological race with China, and the war in Ukraine. The right-wing factions are likely to push for a reduction in EU bureaucracy and a greater role for nation-states, which could lead to significant policy shifts.

The EU must also address its own operational inefficiencies. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, advocates for a “geopolitical European commission” that is more active in world politics. However, without substantial reforms and effective implementation of policies, the EU risks further decline in relevance and influence.


1. Why did right-wing parties gain so many seats in the 2024 European Parliament elections? The gains by right-wing parties can be attributed to widespread dissatisfaction with the liberal policies of the past, particularly regarding migration and identity politics. Economic challenges and geopolitical instability have also played a role, leading voters to favor parties that promise security and stability.

2. What does the rise of the far-right mean for the European Union? The rise of the far-right presents significant challenges for the EU, including potential shifts in policies on immigration, energy, climate change, and relations with China and Russia. It also raises questions about the future of EU integration and the balance of power between Brussels and member states.

3. How has France reacted to the success of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally? In response to National Rally’s success, President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called for snap elections. This move aims to mobilize moderate voters against the far-right, though it also risks further empowering National Rally.

4. What are the implications of the rightward shift in Germany? The AfD’s strong performance in Germany solidifies its status as a major political force. This could lead to increased pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to call early elections, potentially reshaping Germany’s political landscape.

5. What challenges does the EU face in the coming years? The EU faces numerous challenges, including energy policy, climate change, technological competition with China, and the ongoing war in Ukraine. The rise of right-wing parties adds complexity to these issues, as they may push for significant policy changes and a reduction in EU bureaucracy.


The 2024 European Parliament elections have highlighted a significant shift in Europe’s political landscape. The rise of right-wing parties reflects widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo and a desire for change. As Europe grapples with internal and external challenges, the coming years will be crucial in determining its future direction. The EU must adapt to these new realities, balancing the need for unity and effective governance with the diverse aspirations of its member states. The next elections in 2029 could further redefine the political balance, making it imperative for European leaders to address the underlying issues driving this shift to the right.

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By Ryan Hite

Ryan Hite is an American author, content creator, podcaster, and media personality. He was born on February 3, 1993, in Colorado and spent his childhood in Conifer, Colorado. He moved to Littleton in 2000 and spent the remainder of his schooling years in the city. Upon graduation from Chatfield Senior High School in 2011, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated from the university in 2015 after studying Urban Planning, Business Administration, and Religious Studies. He spent more time in Colorado in the insurance, real estate, and healthcare industries. In 2019, he moved to Las Vegas, NV, where he continued to work in healthcare, insurance, and took his foray into media full time in 2021. His first exposure to the media industry came as a result of the experiences he had in his mid to late teens and early twenties. In 2013, he was compelled to collect a set of stories from his personal experiences and various other writings that he has had. His first book, a 365,000-word epic, Through Minds Eyes, was published in collaboration with Balboa Press. That initial book launched a media explosion. He learned all that he could about creating websites, marketing his published works, and would even contemplate the publication of other works as well. This book also inspired him to create his philosophy, his life work, that still influences the values that he holds in his life. Upon graduating college, he had many books published, blogs and other informative websites uploaded, and would embark on his continued exploration of the world of marketing, sales, and becoming an influencer. Of course, that did not come without challenges that would come his way. His trial-and-error approach of marketing himself and making himself known guided him through his years as a real estate agent, an insurance agent, and would eventually create a marketing plan from scratch with a healthcare startup. The pandemic did not initially create too many challenges to the status quo. Working from home did not affect the quality of his life. However, a series of circumstances such as continued website problems, social media shutdowns, and unemployment, caused him to pause everything between late 2020 and mid-2021. It was another period of loss of momentum and purpose for his life as he tried to navigate the world, as many people may have felt at that time. He attempted to find purpose in insurance again, resulting in failure. There was one thing that sparked his curiosity and would propel him to rediscover the thing that was gone from his life for so long. In 2021, he started his journey by taking on a full-time job in the digital media industry, an industry that he is still a part of today. It was at this point that he would also shut down the rest of the media that he had going at the time. In 2023, he announced that he would be embarking on what has become known as PROJECT30. This initiative will result in the reformation of websites, the reinvigoration of social media accounts, the creation of a Youtube channel and associated podcast, the creation of music, and the continued rediscovery of his creative potential. Unlike past projects, the purpose of this would not expound on the musings of a philosophy, the dissemination of useless news and articles, or the numerous attempts to be someone that he was not. This project is going to be about his authentic self. There are many ways to follow him as he embarks on this journey. Most of all, he wants everyone to be entertained, informed, and, in some ways, maybe a little inspired about the flourishing of the creativity that lies within the mind and soul of Ryan.

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