So, the European elections are over – for Greece as for everybody else.
The more-than-slap-on-the-wrist that the Athens Government experienced in this contest forced its way to general elections in the very next weeks. If one looks at the Greek results under a European angle (there are 21 Greek MEPs for a total of 751 in Strasbourg, so the numerical impact of Greek participation is quite low; the political influence may be higher), EPP-oriented Centre-Right N.D. got better results than in 2014; (ex-radical) Left SYRIZA stepped down somehow; S&D-associated Centre KINAL (ex-PASOK) kept its ground; extreme-Right/nationalist Golden Dawn was almost halved; Communist KKE kept an even keel. Nationalist ANEL got wiped out, but equally nationalist/extreme “Greek Solution” got in. Firebrand Leftist Greek version of Europe-wide DiEM25, under dark star Yanis Varoufakis, may squeeze in.
If, now, one reminds oneself that Euroelections are intended to have European content in a European context, and if one throws a more-than-cursory glance on the overall Euroresults, there is quite a lot of food for thought. The fact the old stalwarts of Strasbourg – EPP and S&D – are very much in retreat, with an equivalent surge of ALDE (but with the Macron/LReM add-on) and of the Greens, makes for puzzling challenges for Greek parties’ participation in the Europuzzle now forming while the progress of both Eurosceptics and nationalist anti-European voices may well feed on Greek travails under austerity and the refugee/migrant experience.