The recent years marked by economic problems and austerity measures are now reflected in the politics. The countries leaders and their parties started to pay for their disastrous management that brought Europe on the brink of disaster.
The best example is France, where the conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy lost the presidential elections to socialist party candidate Francois Hollande. The new French president is against austerity and stated that he wants to change the current approach for euro-zone which is based on cutting the government spending and reducing the sovereign-debt.
On the other hand in Greece the two main parties, which support the austerity measures managed to gather a total of only a third of the votes and they do not have a majority in the parliament so the task of forming a government is still a challenge.
A big shock in Greek’s elections is the score of almost 7% gained by the anti-immigrant and neo-Nazis party named Golden Dawn. They have 21 seats in the parliament, which is a first for the small party that never hoped to have a seat in the parliament.
In both countries the voter turnout was extremely high, the population being very determined to express their choices and their disappointments through their right to vote. After four years of expenditures cuts and austerity the population is fed up with this type of management so the new trend in European countries is against austerity and pro social measures.
The future of Euro-zone and European Union is now more uncertain than ever. Practically the Europe is torn apart between financial crises and economic reforms, between left and right, between austerity and welfare. For all our sakes let’s hope that European Union will survive these hard times.