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Europe Elects Conservative Parliament

From a dismayed Associated Press:

Portugal’s Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Jose Socrates wipes his face at the final rally for the EU parliament elections in Lisbon June 5, 2009.

Europe leans right as voters choose EU Parliament

By Michael Weissenstein And Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writer

BRUSSELS – Europe leaned to the right Sunday as tens of millions of people voted in European Parliament elections, with conservative parties leading or favored in many countries amid a global economic crisis.

Opinion surveys and exit polls showed right-leaning governments edging the opposition in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and elsewhere. Conservative opposition parties were tied or ahead in Britain, Spain and some smaller countries.

Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and five other EU nations cast ballots in the last three days, while the rest of the 27-nation bloc voted Sunday…

[T]he Europe-wide elections were most important as a snapshot of national political sentiment. High unemployment across Europe has increased voter dissatisfaction with mainstream parties and made residents skeptical over the EU’s power to help spur economic recovery.

Exit polls showed gains for far-right groups and other fringe parties amid predictions of record low turnout.

In Germany, the conservatives of German Chancellor Angela Merkel were headed for a center-right majority and her center-left rivals faced a crushing defeat, exit polls showed, less than four months before a national vote.

With most votes counted in Austria, the main rightist party gained strongly while the Social Democrats, the main party in the governing coalition, lost substantial ground.

But the big winner in Austria was the rightist Freedom Party, which more than doubled its strength over the 2004 elections to 13 percent of the vote. It campaigned on an anti-Islam platform, with posters proclaiming "The Occident in Christian hands."

In the Netherlands, exit polls predicted Geert Wilders’ anti-Islamic party would win more than 15 percent of the country’s votes, bruising a ruling alliance of Conservatives and Socialists.

Exit polls in Bulgaria showed the governing Socialist-led coalition facing defeat and the country’s right-wing opposition party winning most of the votes.

Fringe groups could use five-year terms in the EU parliament’s 736 seats as a platform for their extreme views but were not expected to affect the assembly’s increasingly influential lawmaking on issues ranging from climate change to cell-phone roaming charges…

What’s this?

High unemployment across Europe has increased voter dissatisfaction with mainstream parties and made residents skeptical over the EU’s power to help spur economic recovery.

Isn’t this exactly the opposite of what our media masters tell us?

Aren’t tough economic times supposed to make us all (even more) socialist? More willing to turn to the government for help?

Fringe groups could use five-year terms in the EU parliament’s 736 seats as a platform for their extreme views…

Leave it to the Associated Press to end with an ominous caution about the rise of these “fringe groups.”

Funny how they never say anything like that when Marxists win.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Europe Elects Conservative Parliament”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    There is no attempt whatsoever to paint this as anything but a bunch of racist, fascist ignoramus’ revolting against their benevolent government. How many times was ‘conservative’ linked to or replaced with ‘radical’ in this trash reporting that took two people to write?

    Mr. Weissenstein and Mr. Wielaard are downright frightened by how fast these policies are getting rebuked. This wasn’t supposed to happen with the Messiah! What the Messiah wants is what everybody wants, his are true ‘universal values;’ so those who don’t want it are just radical, racist, and wrong!!

    • jobeth says:

      “What the Messiah wants is what everybody wants, his are true ‘universal values;’”

      That and an “environmentally friendly” pregnant roller skate of a car to die in.

      (Not him of course…he must have his limos, SUVs, Helicopters and 747s…I mean is IS a god in his own eyes)

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    This must be maddening for the left-wing loons! To be wrong, again. Obviously, things in Europe aren’t as peachy keen as the libtards would like the sheeple to believe. It proves European socialism is NOT where we should be heading. I’d bet this will be kept real quiet and if it does get out the dems have undoubtedly already come up with some twisted spin on this.

    Oh, this news does my heart good! Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  3. proreason says:

    Methinks the euro fools are getting close enough to the lip of Niagra to be getting a wee bit nervous.

    But if Mark Steyn is right, and he IS a genius, it’s too late for them.

    • jobeth says:

      I think you’re right pro.. even if all you look at is the white european births vs muslim births. That alone has doomed them.

  4. bronzeprofessor says:

    This is really great news. There’s hope.

    Honestly, this news makes me think that maybe the Dems won’t keep a grip on the government for long.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Hang on there a second …. this is the same Press who consider Marxists, imposters, communists, socialists, anarchist homosexuals and Democrats “normal” and “center”.

    What does the Press mean by terming these newly elected “conservative”?

  6. DGA says:

    And if only the people of the USA will wake up soon enough from their socialist induced slumber….

  7. Chuckk says:

    Don’t get too excited. “going right” in Europe is not the same vas in the USA.

    • A Mad Pole says:

      I’ll take that Eurpean right-turn over what is going on in the U.S. now. The looney left is running this country to hell, both morally and economically. And “you ain’t seen nothing yet” as Mob-ama put it himself, so I guess “the best” is yet to come.

      Seriously, after 13 years in the U.S. (legal, paying taxes, no run-ins with law) in two weeks time I am taking my family back home for good.

  8. electionhangovervictim says:

    Yes, Chuckk’s comment has me guessing…

    Ok, nobody better laugh at me for asking this…I’m really not an idiot, but given that I graduated from a public university, I need some “enlightenment” from time to time.
    Is the political spectrum in Europe the same as it is in the States? Just how conservative is a European conservative compared to a US conservative? Just wondering if their social and political values are like ours…or perhaps their conservatives are still what we would consider left-leaning. Again, no laughing…at least not to my face.

    • proreason says:

      Western Europe is highly Socialist. They have gold-plated pensions, unemployent benefits, government-paid health care, 6 weeks of vacation, short work weeks, “guaranteed” jobs and more.

      That sounds great until you realize that their government debts are several times ours. Moreover, the reproduction rates are far below replacement level. Population growth is from Muslim immigrants. The native European populations are dying off.

      There is no way those countries can survive much longer. There will either be a series of huge wars by which the declining Eurpeans try to save themselves by eradicating the Muslims, or the Muslims will take-over peacefully, and the benefits white Europeans enjoy will be washed off the books and they will become subservient to their new Muslim rulers.

      All of this has developed in the 60+ years following WWII, because of the unbearable devestation of the 2 world wars, including tens of millions of deaths. It was many times worse than what the US endured. Coming out of those wars, the populations were determined to never again go to war, and also succumbed to the siren-song of communism/socialism. This was enabled by the fact that the US made it possible for Europe to spend miniscule amounts on defense. It was also enabled, by a ponzi-scheme mentality that allowed the Europeans to envision that ever-growing government benefits could be funded by ever-growing populations. In reality, the opposite has happened, and disaster is imminent.

      Even so, most of the continent is in 100% denial of their inevitable fate, and like most people involved in Ponzi schemes, they continue to envision that more suckers will come along. When the poster says that conservatives there are not like we think of conservatives, what he means is that conservatives there are more like centrist in the US. Expect for a tiny minority, the political mindset is shades of leberalism.

      But because of the demographic extermination of the native populations, the people coming in at the bottom of the socialist ponzi scheme are not enough. It’s almost over for Western Europe, and one of the two outcomes I described is in the near future..

    • A Mad Pole says:

      ProReason,

      Excellent post. But…

      U.S. is going down the same path and she seems to be hell-bent on catching up with and then passing the E.U. In the last few months, financial and auto industries have been nationalized and the health care is next on the list. Global warming scheme is becoming the official state religion in the U.S. and soon the remnants of manufacturing and energy industries will be sacrified on its altars with the highest priest/demigod Obama presiding over the ceremonies.

      Let’s face it, the whole Federal Reserve “monetary policy” is nothing but a giant Ponzi scheme that is beginning to unravel. It appears that the whole U.S. economy is more like a Potiomkin village financed by Chinese.

    • proreason says:

      Mad Pole. I agree.

      The US is going in the same direction as the Europeans, and with the tyrant in the White House, we will get their much faster unless Americans wake up very quickly. The pace of the first 120 days has matched a decade of European somnabulance.

      I’m hoping that Americans will wake up, since there is still a self-reliant streak in this country, as we can see by the many sensible posters on this site.

      I also noticed earlier today that you are leaving us, and hate to see it….but if you are going to Poland or another Eastern European country, those countries, having experienced tyranny and socialism first-hand for many decades may be the worlds’ next great hope. Good luck to you.

    • A Mad Pole says:

      ProReason,

      Excellent post. But…

      U.S. is going down the same path and she seems to be hell-bent on catching up with and then passing the E.U. In the last few months, financial and auto industries have been nationalized and the health care is next on the list. Global warming scheme is becoming the official state religion in the U.S. and soon the remnants of manufacturing and energy industries will be sacrified on its altars with the highest priest/demigod Obama presiding over the ceremonies.

      Let’s face it, the whole Federal Reserve “monetary policy” is nothing but a giant Ponzi scheme that is beginning to unravel. It appears that the whole U.S. economy is more like a Potiomkin village financed by Chinese. What you wrote about European Ponzi scheme, fits the U.S. to a “t”.

      And just to clarify:

      “Liberal” in Europe applies to supporters of free-market economy, strong private property protections and very little government involvement in people’s lives in general. It does not have any connotation as to a person’s moral views and values as it does in the U.S.
      “Conservative” in Europe is a person who would value traditional values, morals and societal institutions. Again, “conservative” does not say anything about a person’s views and opinions on economy.

      My favourite party in Poland is U.P.R., which describes itself as conservative-liberal. Again, in the European meaning, not the U.S.

      When you come to think of it, the Founding Fathers would feel right at home at U.P.R.

    • A Mad Pole says:

      ProReason,

      Thank you for the “good luck”. It really pains me to go but the last view months have been a terrible deja-vu and most Poles in the U.S. are shell-shocked by the way the things are shaping up here.

      Sorry for the double partial post, the browser looked stuck on me.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Here is a link with a good graphic of the EU parliament results: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/elections/euro/09/flash/html/eu.stm Even though a leftist party didn’t win a majority, the graph clearly shows Europe has a way more skewed political pendulum than us. Although who knows, seeing what we’ve voted for here.

      And it is as everyone is saying: what the article is calling conservative (the EPP) is actually a center-right coalition, whose 2009 manifesto is viewable at their wiki, but includes “Europe should find a strategy to attract skilled workers from the rest of the world to make Europe’s economy more competitive, more dynamic and more knowledge driven” while at the same time being in favor of outrageous green economy and social welfare initiatives that historically have crippled it.

      The real story behind this was as brilliant old Rush pointed out today: the European Freedom Party – which has no representation yet still gets slammed for having a “racist” spokesman – got 17% of the vote. Above everything else that’s because those people feel like no party in the EU represents their values, which are probably closer to the conservative values we know. In fact the EU probably is by and large a failure to them. Heck, people are so disillusioned there that even a single issue group like the Pirate Party got a rep voted in.

  9. electionhangovervictim says:

    PR, thank you for replying to my question. I thought that might be the case (that “conservatives there are more like centrist in the US”). I had heard that the Muslim population was growing at a much faster pace than that of native Europeans and I think you’re right on target with the outcomes you’ve predicted. Scary thought.


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