The challenges after the European elections

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni speaks to journalists after the European Parliament elections at the headquarters of the Brothers of Italy in Rome, on June 9. [EPA]

Despite their significant boost in almost all 27 countries in the European Union, far-right parties failed to create the momentum they expected in Sunday's European Parliament elections: Securing only 120-140 seats out of 720, Italy's Premier Giorgia Meloni with the European Conservatives (ECR) and France's Marine Le Pen with the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, are not expected to threaten the convergence of the three historic European parties on the basic issues, even if they manage to overcome their big differences on crucial issues, such as Europe's stance on Ukraine.

From the results so far, the European People's Party (EPP), the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the Liberals (Renew), with or without the help of the Greens (Greens/EFA), seem to be comfortably exceeding the magic number of 361 seats, which will be necessary in the new European Parliament for the...

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