EUROPEAN Union voters last night left the Brussels’elite bloody-nosed as millions called for a radical shake up of the bloc. But one of the attackers left leading EU bigwig Jean-Claude Juncker shaken the most, a source close to him has informed Politicalite.
Brussels’ traditional democracy-denying elite lost its iron grip on the bloc as votes for eurosceptics, reformists and climate activists surged. An unusually high voter turnout saw Jean-Claude Juncker’s centrist European People’s Party and the centre-left Socialists and Democrats finally relieved of their control over the EU.
EU Parliament officials boasted of the highest turnout in 20 years, with 50.5 percent of eligible voters taking part – 8 percent higher than the last ballot in 2014.
“Jean-Claude’s concerned about the rapid growth of euroscepticism within the Union” a source close to Juncker leaked to Politicalite. “He sees figures such as Farage, Le Pen, and Salvini as a threat to his life’s work and to the future of the EU.”
He added: “Right now he’s working with the Commission to put down the threat”.
“The results yesterday [for] The Brexit Party are also detrimental to the EU’s message and its future security. He [Juncker] is scared that other leaders will follow Farage’s path or even join with the [Brexit] Party to takeover the Union from within”.
The European Commission’s competitions chief Margrethe Vestager, who is running to replace her current boss Mr Juncker, said: “I have been working with breaking monopolies, that is what I have been doing for five years now, this is also what voters have been doing today.
“Now the monopoly of power is broken.”
According to early projections, the pair will command a combined 325 seats in the Parliament – The EPP as the largest party with 178 MEPs and the S&D with 147.
At least 169 eurosceptics will lay siege to Brussels as the Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage and Matteo Salvini’s League are leading national victories in Britain and Italy.
Smug anti-patriot Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE bloc, however, saw their numbers nearly double, benefiting from the democracy-denying remoaner Liberal Democrat’s success in Britain and the introduction of Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche in France, with 108 MEPs.
Amid an attempted climate revolution, which has resulted in bloc-wide protests and strikes, the European Greens saw their numbers swell also– with an expected 67 MEPs to make up the bloc.
The Parliament’s official projections of no clear winner have all but killed off the Spitzenkandidat process, opening the door for a bitter battle over the bloc’s top jobs.
EU leaders will gather in Brussels for a European Council summit today to start the process of selecting the next presidents of the European Commission and Council.
Mr Macron and Angela Merkel were also dealt crippling blows by voters who turned their back on the two national leaders at the ballot box.
Reacting to the news, Ms Le Pen said: “It’s a vote for France and for the people.”
The National Rally leader added Mr Macron “has no other choice than, at least, to dissolve the National Assembly and adopt a more democratic voting system.”
“This confirms the new divide between nationalists and globalists.”