Phew. Turns out the bark of Europe’s far right is worse than its bite.
Yes, illiberal parties did well in France and Italy, Poland, Hungary and beyond. But overall no better than expected, and in some cases worse so.
Bottom line: The populists’ finish isn’t that much stronger than in 2014.
That’s good news for Europe’s democratic parties and even better news for the European Union. The strategy of Europe’s centrists, from Merkel to Macron, to cast the election as a question of “Europe’s destiny” helped drive voters to polling stations.