Video Duration 25 minutes 57 seconds
From: Inside Story

Will Europe’s populist leaders make a breakthrough?

Mainstream politicians face a challenge from the far right as 400 million vote in European Parliament elections.

Elections for the European Parliament get under way on Thursday.

Immigration and the economy are dominating the political agenda, and the rise of the far right is dominating the headlines.

On Saturday, right-wing leaders from nearly a dozen EU countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands gathered for a rally in Milan to show their unity.

The gathering was led by the Italian deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, who wants to form a far-right block within the EU Parliament.

Some analysts believe that the future identity of European politics – and the EU itself – is at stake.

So, how will voting shape the continent?

Presenter: Barbara Serra


Theofanis Exadaktylos – Senior lecturer in European politics at the University of Surrey

Anand Menon – Director of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative and a former special adviser to the House of Lords EU committee

Stefano Vergine – Italian journalist who focuses on economics and foreign affairs