The radical right in the European Parliament: impact on development policy

Working and discussion papers
April 2014
Raphaëlle Faure

In May 2014, European Parliament elections will be held across Europe. There is a growing awareness that the next European Parliament may contain a large contingent of anti-Europe radical right parties. At the domestic level, the reality is that 21 out of the 28 EU member states have a radical right party in their political system but only in nine countries have those parties gained in popularity since 2005. Nevertheless, at the European level, radical right parties could see an almost 50% increase in their number of seats. This increase could result in a stronger influence over European decision-making, with implications for reduced aid budgets, aid tied to national interests and potentially a threat to the EU aid programme.