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by Bernard on Sun May 26th, 2019 at 06:37:41 PM EST
In Greece, Alexis Tsipras calls for early parliamentary elections

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose left-wing party was heavily sanctioned in European and local elections, announced Sunday night that he would call for early legislative elections "immediately" after the second round of Municipal, June 2.
His party Syriza was outshot by more than 8 points by the main right-wing opposition party , New Democracy, according to an exit poll poll confirmed by partial official results.

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by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2019 at 09:20:57 PM EST
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Yeah we missed the 5% cut by a wide margin (3.2%)

Here's my monday-morning quarterback routine.
I'm very pleased that the abstention rate is below 50% for the first time since 1994. 10% more voters than in 2014. Macron sold the election as a referendum, between him and Le Pen. If so, he lost it resoundingly, as his team got a lower percentage (22,3%) than his first-round presidential score, on a lower turnout.

The real objective of that strategy was to concentrate opposition voters on the Le Pen list, RN (which he will always be able to beat on a national level). And in that he has been outstandingly successful : abundant anecdotal evidence, and the poor showing of France Insoumise, demonstrate that  a signicicant number of left voters went for the RN.  The "mainstream" right collapsed to 8%. Thanks to Sarkozy, who left a wasteland behind him.

Macron's strategy also succeeded in suppressing a large part of the left vote (why bother, if it's a two-way referendum?). The profusion of lists on the left also demotivated many.

But looking at the results on the left, it's clear that European issues predominated in voters' choices. There was a much bigger Green wave than predicted by the polls -- 13.4% for the EELV list -- clearly tactical voting on the part of electors, for whom the big European issue is, quite rightly, the climate, and see EELV as the long-standing owners of the issue.

Our "European spring" message, with UE democracy and solidarity alongside the climate, was not audible in this context. So we are in the "wasted vote" category at 3.3%, ahead of the PCF at 2.5% (at least we cleared the 3% hurdle, which means that we get our campaign expenses reimbursed. Which reminds me, I've got a spreadsheet to fill in.)

Full French results

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 09:34:41 AM EST
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Well done and hard luck. breaking in at such a high level is not easily done, and probably not doable at all without a lot of money and media support. You also contributed to the higher turn-out, which is a service to democracy if not yourselves...

Any chance of a diary when the dust settles? I would be happy to front page it!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 10:30:44 AM EST
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According to the Wikipedia page for the election in Greece - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Greece - M25 grabbed one seat. Any success elsewhere?

And would that MEP be Varoufakis?

by fjallstrom on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 01:18:33 PM EST
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Well, that's what we thought on the day. I suppose it's a matter of the urban centres, where our people are present and campaigning hard, gettin counted first, and the remote islands and mountain villages driving us under 3% in the end...

Which makes us in France, and Alternativet in Denmark, as the only places to break 3%. And zero MEPs.

BUT ! The showing in Greece was good enough to encourage them to have another go... Currently recruting the necessary 400 or so candidates required for a run in the snap election called by Tsípras.  Having demonstrated that there is a credible force to the left of SYRIZA.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jun 3rd, 2019 at 11:58:33 AM EST
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