The Death of the European Center-Left

In 2019, the EU held parliamentary elections, one that would serve not only to seat a new legislature, but also to act as a referendum on the state of Europe.

In the years since the last elections in 2014, the European Union had been battered by challenges to its core: a refugee crisis, financial failures, and Brexit.

  • Andy Wang
  • Harvard International Review

In response, voters across the continent began electing far-right and nationalistic governments domestically.

Fidesz in Hungary, The League in Italy, and the Freedom Party of Austria rose to power on platforms against immigrants and European integration.

At the same time, the rise of the…

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