Jun 16, 2024 09:20 UTC
  • Is the world ready for a radical Europe?

Pars Today - In the recent European Parliament elections, extreme right-wing parties made a significant leap forward and attracted a large number of young voters in key European countries.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine war, and the cost of living crisis, many young Europeans have gradually shifted towards populist and extreme right-wing parties. According to Pars Today, these parties have employed the concerns of young people following the consecutive crises, making it the central theme of their election campaign, which ultimately led to their success in the European Parliament elections.

Analysts believe that the relative dominance of right-wing parties over communication channels such as social media platforms, video sharing apps, and messaging networks has been the main factor in their success in connecting with young people.

According to a survey cited by Euronews, support for the extreme right-wing party "Alternative for Germany", which advocates for restricting immigration, has increased by 11% among young people under 25, reaching 16%. This shift in perspective enabled the Alternative party to secure second place in the parliamentary elections.

The results of the European Parliament elections show that the German Green Party only managed to attract 11% of young people's votes, a 23% decrease from the previous election.

According to a survey by the IPSOS institute, the extreme right-wing party "National Rally" in France secured 25% of the votes among 18-24 year-old voters, a 10% increase from the previous period.

In Poland, support for the Confederation of extreme right-wing parties among 18-29 year-old voters increased from 18.5% to 30.1%, making it the top choice for this age group.

A recent study among German youth shows that 57% of them follow political news and events through social media; this is while Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, like many traditional politicians, only joined TikTok a few months ago.

In Spain, Luis Perez, known as a social media influencer, successfully launched a campaign against immigration on Instagram and Telegram, attracting 6.7% of young people's votes.

Meanwhile, the extreme right-wing party "Vox", which has extensive activity on TikTok, secured 12.4% of the votes among young people under 25.

These events suggest that the world is heading towards an extreme Europe with a more racist inclination.

Key terms: European Union, extreme right-wing, German parties, Islam in France, European youth, social media