Far-Right Surge Ahead of European Elections Raises Concerns in Greece

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With the European elections looming, the resurgence of the far-right movement in Greece has become a focal point of political analysis and polling research.

In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage, shifts in voter sentiments and the strengthening of certain political factions have come to the forefront. While New Democracy experiences some losses in polls, parties like Greek Solution and Niki see a surge in support, particularly drawing from undecided voters and disaffected groups.

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Analysts caution that the current traction of far-right parties is not necessarily stable, given the fluid nature of their electoral base. Despite their growing influence, comprising over 15% of the total electorate, the trajectory of these parties remains uncertain amidst a climate of widespread political discontent.

The rise of the far-right is characterised by its stronghold in Northern Greece and its alignment with the Church, further exacerbated by tensions surrounding same-sex marriage. However, the recent spate of gender and racist violence in cities like Thessaloniki raises questions about the potential resurgence of extreme right-wing ideologies.

Political observers note a lack of organised intervention to counteract such incidents and prevent the escalation of violence. Moreover, the ease with which voters shift between political parties underscores the volatile landscape of Greek politics.

As Europe grapples with a broader surge in right-wing sentiments, Greece stands at a critical juncture, with the upcoming elections poised to shape the political trajectory of the nation. However, with several months remaining until the polls, the full extent of the far-right's influence is yet to be determined, leaving room for potential shifts in political dynamics and electoral outcomes.

(Source: To Vima)

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