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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Is Europe Moving to the Right?

Exit polls for Poland's national elections today indicate that the Polish people have rejected the incumbent left-wing party and have elected a coalition of right-leaning parties to govern the former communist nation.

The social conservative Law and Justice Party (27.6% of the vote) and the free-market Civic Platform (24.1%) have agreed to form a governing coalition and will hold nearly two-thirds of the seats in the Polish legislature's lower house. The governing Democratic Left Alliance, which favored withdrawing troops from Iraq by Dec. 31 of this year, garnered a mere 11.1 percent of the vote.

This development follows on the heels of last week's German elections which ousted the incumbent party of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in favor of the right-leaning Christian Democrats. Although economic factors were the driving force in this election, it cannot be ignored that a portion of the CDU's platform was repairing relations with the United States.

Another political development that did not get much press from American media were the twin rejections of the EU Charter by voters in France this past May and The Netherlands in June. French voters rejected the EU Constitution by a margin of 55% to 45%, while the Dutch rejected it by a margin of 62% to 38%.

France under the leadership of Jacques Chirac has obviously been one of the most vocal opponents of the Iraq War. With the failure of the EU Constitution, it now becomes questionable whether Chirac will seek reelection in 2007.

The American media has taken every opportunity to bash President Bush and portray his administration as one that is responsible for creating a rift between the US and Europe. What they apparently haven't considered, is that it may have been the European governments who had drifted leftward, causing the rift. It now appears that folks across the pond are becoming tired with the same old negative liberal politics and failed policies of old Europe and may be open to steering the continent back toward a closer relationship with the US.


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Anonymous Bruce said...

I have noted to a number of friends that when Spain elected a socialist government that promised to get its tropps out of Iraq, it received front page status in the Washington Post. However, the victories of pro-US cetner-right coalitions in Japan, German and Poland have been relegated to the back pages.
Sad, but not surprising.

2:34 PM

Anonymous LoganFerree said...

I'm not sure how you can claim that there was anything close to a conservative victory in Germany. Their share of the vote actually decline from the last election. The big winner was the far-left Left Party, which was formed by former Communists.

5:20 PM


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