Voters in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Malta as well as Latvia generate ballots Saturday in the European Parliament elections wherein resurgent nationalists are difficult traditional events that want closer ties among EU countries.
The stakes for the European Union are particularly high in this year’s vote, that could be taking place in all of the EU’s 28 nations on various days from Thursday to Sunday. Voters are electing 751 lawmakers, with each nation apportioned several seats based on its population.
Anti-immigrant and far-right sectors are hoping to gain ground in the European Parliament and also use it to claw back power from the EU for their national governments. Reasonable parties, on the other hand, 3 cement closer ties among nations in the EU, which was created in the wake of World War II to prevent renewed conflict.
“We stand at a crossroads — which is, whether the EU will be stronger and more integrated or, quite the, in contrast, a process of its weakening is to begin,” Zuzana Captiva, Slovakia’s president-elect, informed reporters after voting in the town of Pezinok.
A Slovak far-right party that freely admires the country’s wartime Nazi puppet state can win seats in the European Parliament for the very first time. Its members use Nazi salutes, blame the Roma minority for crime, consider NATO a terror cluster and want the country to leave the western military alliance and the EU.
Polls in Slovakia favour the leftist Smer-Social Democracy party, the senior member of Slovakia’s present coalition government, to win the most votes. But the polls also recommend that the far-right People’s Party-Our Slovakia will win seats in the European legislature for the first time.
In the nearby Czech Republic, a centrist party led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis anticipated winning the most votes, despite the fact that Babis is facing fraud charges regarding the use of EU funds. Babis wants his country to stay in the bloc but is calling for EU reforms.