The lack of a grand coalition leaves political factions more divided. Anti-EU and exit-parties score higher than ever before. As a result, the EU is paralysed and Europe has to be managed through unstable coalitions of national governments prone to external powers’ influence.


  • A new pro-European temporary majority will be less internally coherent and its centre of gravity is likely to move rightwards.
  • The central European intake into the ruling group will be prone to strengthening internal co-operation.
  • Polish PiS emerges as a major element on the eurosceptic scene in the EP and seeks cooperation with the EPP, though the Polish domestic context prevents this from becoming a reality.
  • Fidesz makes an even more radical turn in search of a new alliance but is unsuccessful and becomes sidelined.
  • These situations lead to a fragmentation of the EU exposing it to influence from foreign powers.

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Visegrad Insight 2 (14) 2019
European Parliamentary #Futures

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