What consequence will the rise of right-centre parties in the EP have on Serbia?

Far-right parties made big gains in the European Parliament in election results that rattled the traditional powers and made French President Emmanuel Macron call snap legislative elections.

Macron’s party suffered a heavy defeat from the far-right National Rally party, while in Germany support for Olaf Scholz’s centre-left Social Democrats sank to a projected 14%, behind the extreme-right Alternative for Germany, which surged into second place.

The results from the voting that ended Sunday showed the Christian Democrats would have 185 seats, the Social Democrats 137, and the Renew group 79. The Greens slumped to 52. 

Serbian Interior Minister, Ivica Dačić, commented on the election results and slump in the number of votes that the Green and left-centre parties received, all harsh critics of the Serbian government: “The election has cleared up the political scene in Europe. The problem is that certain unimportant politicians like to make fun of some countries and peoples who lead an independent and independent foreign policy and in Serbia, they present themselves as important factors in European politics,” says Dačić.

Political commentators in Serbia say that the election success of parties helmed by Marine Le Pen (the National Rally Party) and Giorgia Meloni (the Brothers of Italy Party), both of right-wing orientation, will not affect the EU’s expansion policy.

The editor of the European Western Balkans website, Nikola Burazer, points out that the enlargement policy certainly remains high on the EU’s agenda, which, he says, has been confirmed several times. “Enlargement is in the EU’s strong interest precisely because of the war in Ukraine and what is perceived as a threat of destabilization of the region with which the EU borders. I don’t think that will change after these elections,” says Burazer.

However, he questions whether the EU is ready for the enlargement. “It remains to be seen how far will the internal reforms (in the EU) go, because without them, expansion will not be possible, nor can it be implemented”, notes Burazer.

Historian Stanislav Sretenović sees the results of the European elections as a chance for Serbia to continue working on reforms, increasing its democratic and security capacities and developing the economy. “The market economy is the key issue, i.e. making Serbian products competitive in the European market. These are the issues that will occupy Serbia in the coming period, not because of the EU, but because of ourselves”, points out Sretenović.

(RTS, N1, 11.06.2024)



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