Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Russian Mission to the EU Kirill Logvinov answers a question by RIA Novosti News Agency regarding European Parliament elections, 10 June 2024

Submitted on Mon, 06/10/2024 - 15:19

Question: In your opinion, why did major EU countries experience such a change in voter sentiment? And why, in the end, did it not seriously affect the composition of the European Parliament?

Answer: The main reason is that protest sentiments have been ignored for a long time. The attempted violation of rights and freedoms during the pandemic, the failed migration policy, rising inflation,the deteriorating socio-economic situation, the urge to equate pro-European and pro-Ukrainian interests - the public grievances piled up and sooner or later had to find a "way out". And they found it in the European elections. In a number of countries, voters have virtually passed a vote of no confidence in the parties in power. Contrary to the rules of political life, however, "flawed" national governments are not obliged to learn lessons immediately, which could lead to further radicalisation of society.

Despite the voters' simple demand for attention to their vital interests, the centrist majority will do its utmost to "dilute" views and approaches that go against the political mainstream. This is all the easier when MEPs are essentially unaccountable to their own electorate.