The May 26 European elections offered the latest signs of fragmentation in Europe’s hegemonic political order. For the first time in the history of the European Parliament, the social-democratic (S&D) and Christian-Democratic (EPP) groups lost their majority of seats. Yet while the ongoing effects of austerity have been a key force in breaking up the old party blocs, this year’s European elections also saw the demobilization of the radical left electorate. The vote instead saw a growing polarization of the political arena between liberal and Green supporters of the European project and the far right.



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