Shaking Up the 2019 European Election

Macron, Salvini, Orbán, and the Fate of the European Party System

04/02/2019 | by Julie Hamann, Milan Nič, Jana Puglierin

DGAPanalysis 1 (February 2019), 11 pp.

Category: Elections

More fragmented than ever, Europe is at a crossroads, making the 2019 European Parliament election an immensely political event. Stakes are high for Emmanuel Macron, Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orbán, all of whom could shake up the balance of power in the EP. Macron has lost much of his initial vigor, and the disruptive potential of Salvini and Orbán is significant. If played well, their combined power could send shock waves across all European institutions.

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Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), poses in front of a billboard truck showing a picture of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and a slogan outside the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium November 6, 2018.

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