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Can Cameron maintain his balancing act on Europe?

Parties that have moved to the left economically but to the right socially have been the big winners

By Jessica Abrahams  

We should be careful not to overestimate the gains of far-right parties in last week’s EU elections, said Professor Sarah Hobolt, Sutherland Chair in European Institutions at LSE, at a debate at Europe House in London last night. Their overall gain on the 2009 election has been 1.8 per cent—a rise, certainly, but not the tidal wave we have been hearing about in some media reports, she said. Far-right parties made big gains in Austria, France, Denmark and the UK, but they lost support in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Italy.

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