The Musical Chairs Are Over
|After the elections, the number of far-right MEP's increased their visibility through social media and all the media attention. This new influence was given to them by the citizens through democratic elections. The debate on the Presidency of the European Commission, the potential coalitions and groups formed in the far-right affiliations have been a controversy given much attention.
On Thursday July 26th the new Parliament released the political parties which were formed for the 2014-2019 legislative term. It is now official that Le Pen’s National Front and Wilder’s Freedom Party have failed to create a new group.The deadline was June 24, and no group was formed, although Le Pen has vowed that she will do everything in her power to form a group by December of this year. Furthermore, Mr. Farage succeeded in preserving his Europe of Freedom and Democracy group with a total of 48 lawmakers. Moreover, since N-VA recently joined the European and Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), Liberals (ALDE) are also changing. What we might call a game of “musical chairs”, as Europe Decides puts it, is very important to understand the future influences within the European Parliament. It is not only a political question, but also a financial one. If a political affiliation fails to form a group, it cannot receive grants or EU money. Speech time is also at stake, because members of political groups are able to speak more substantially during the plenary sessions. We should all be very watchful of the (re)shuffling that has taken place.