Unlike Germany, Austria has had a serious conservative/right-wing/nationalist party for decades.
The Austrian Freedom Party [FPÖ] is currently led by Heinz-Christian Strache. It was originally founded in the 1950s, and became a major party when Jörg Haider became chairman in 86. Haider became the Governor of the state of Carinthia in 89, which was the parties greatest victory ever at the time.
In the 1999 Federal election, the FPÖ tied with the center-right Austrian People’s Party [ÖVP] with 27% each. Despite massive outrage from the EU and the European media, the ÖVP agreed to form a coalition government with the FPÖ. It was a historical moment for European conservatives. The ÖVP was attacked for breaking the so-called “sanitation corridor.” This was a term used to refer to the exclusion of right-wing parties from ruling coalitions. Media, around the world, hysterically denounced Jörg Haider as “the next Hitler.” Some in the EU even called for invoking the Article 7 sanctions process against Austria to break up their coalition government.
In 2005, Haider split off and formed the Alliance for the Future of Austria [BZÖ]. This party did poorly and continued to spawn even more splinter parties. Sadly, Haider died in a car wreck in 2009. The BZÖ appears to be nonexistent now.
Currently, the FPÖ holds 28% of the Austrian parliament and is part of the ruling coalition. Their coalition partner, the ÖVP, controls 33%.
Austria has 18 seats in the EU and will get 19 in the May election. The FPÖ is likely to increase their number of seats from 4 to 5. Their MEPs are part of the Europe of Nations and Freedom [ENF] grouping. This is currently a small grouping that includes parties like the Italian League, the French National Rally, and Geert Wilder’s Party for Freedom.
Note: Belgium will also be having Federal and regional elections in May as well as voting for the EU parliament.
Belgium is a very complicated country to talk about because you have the French speaking Wallonia in the south and the Dutch speaking Flanders in the north. Flanders is much more fiscally and socially conservative, while Wallonia is socialist.
Years ago, I met two of the longtime leaders of the Flemish right, Filipe DeWinter and Frank Vanhecke. They were leading the right-wing Flemish secessionist party Flemish Interest [VB]. At that time, it was one of the largest political parties in Belgium.
In the 2004 Flemish regional election, VB got 24%. Then the government of Belgium declared that their party platform was “hate speech” and banned them. They had to re-organize and lost their share of the government campaign funding. In Belgium, there are very strict limits on campaign donations and much of the campaign money comes from the government. [There is also no freedom of speech obviously.] Despite losing all their government money they got almost 12% in the 2007 Belgian Federal election.
Since then, VB has declined because other Flemish parties moved to the right and picked up their issues. However, DeWinter remains a high profile elected official and international activist. Vanhecke started another party called VLOTT, which at one time was running as a cartel with VB. I don’t think VLOTT is very active any more.
The Belgium parliament has many parties and most are either a Flemish party or a Walloon party. The New Flemish Alliance [N-VA] is currently the largest party with twenty percent of the seats. Over time, they have become fairly right-wing. Last December, they pulled out of the coalition government and allowed the Belgium government to collapse to protest the UN Compact on Migration.
Belgium gets 21 seats in the European parliament. Currently the N-VA holds 4 seats in the EU and the VB holds 1. These numbers are expected to stay the same. The centrist/center-right Christian Democratic and Flemish [CD-V] currently has four seats and will probably maintain them as well.
There are two centrist parties. The Flemish VLD and the Walloon Reformist Movement. These parties currently have six seats combine, but are expected to lose some of their seats to the socialists.
French voters in Wallonia appear to only be getting more left-wing than ever.
Belgium is often without a government due to the major ideological differences between the French region and the Flemish region. It remains to be seen if a government can even be formed again after the May Federal election. It is entirely possible that Belgium will cease to exist at some time in the future with Flanders becoming an independent country. Wallonia would likely have serious economic problems without the Flemish to subsidize their welfare state. I believe that a breakup would be good for both the Flemish and the Walloons as it would force the Walloons to abandon their socialist ways.
In a recent poll for the Flemish regional parliament, the N-VA had 27% and the VB had 11%. The only conservative party in Walloon is the People’s Party [PP] and they are only polling 5%.
Bulgaria has four small right-wing parties. Three of them have been running as a cartel called United Patriots, and are part of the ruling coalition. There is a fourth right-wing party is called Volya.
The United Patriots cartel includes Attack [ATAKA], who’s leader Volen Siderov scored second place in the 2006 Bulgarian presidential election with 21%. This party is well known for militant activism and holding rallies and marches. ATAKA was the inspiration for the Greek political party Golden Dawn.
Today ATAKA is a cartel with the Bulgarian National Movement and the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria. Their cartel controls 11% of parliament and is in a ruling coalition with the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria [GERB], which controls 39.5% of parliament.
GERB is part of the center-right EPP political grouping in the EU. This is the largest political grouping and is dominated by Merkel’s CDU. However, GERB could probably be considered more conservative and more populist than the typical member of the EPP. The Hungarian party Fidesz currently intends to remain in the EPP, despite demands by George Soros and others that they be expelled. GERB is seen as one of the biggest allies of Fidesz within the EPP.
Volya controls another 5% of the Bulgarian parliament. The Bulgarian Socialist party [BSP] controls 33% and the Turkish Minority Interest party [DSP] controls 10.5%.
Bulgaria gets 17 seats in the EU. Currently Volya holds one seat and the United Patriots cartel holds one seat. However, negotiations for United Front to run as a cartel again in May have broke down. A meeting on February 26th quickly ended in an argument with many people storming out. Volya seems to have fallen in popularity and may not be a serious contender for a seat again.
The interesting thing here is that the BSP is probably far more socially conservative than the Socialist parties of Scandinavia and Western Europe. They oppose immigration.
The EU election in Bulgaria will largely be a battle between GERB and the BSP. However, the globalists at the Soros funded European Council for Foreign Relations do not like either GERB or the BSP, believing that neither is a reliable partner for their agenda. Bulgaria also may be the most pro-Russia of any EU nation.
The interesting thing to know is that a lot of Western European Socialists opposed, in some cases very strongly opposed, the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU. They viewed these two countries as wild cards that might not be reliable partners for the International globalist agenda.