Earlier this month, Vox, the far-right populist party of Spain, became the third-biggest faction in the Spanish parliament following a general election in the country. The anti-Muslim and ultra-conservative party gained over 15 percent of the seats, sending 52 representatives to parliament.
As Statista's Katharina Buchholz shows in the infographic below, this type of incident is not unusual in European countries. Far-right parties have garnered even more success on the national level in several countries recently.
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Out of the ten selected in this chart, Vox only occupies seventh place. While Spain experienced more support for right-wingers than Germany, the UK and France – all countries with very prominent right-wing parties – lesser known parties have had massive success in other European countries.
Law and Justice is the ruling party of Poland, but at 18 years old, it was already a more established player that steered towards populism more recently. The same is true for the Swiss People’s Party, which received more than 25 percent of the vote in this year’s national election. The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) received 16 percent of the vote this year and has been in a coalition with the country’s ruling party, the Christian-conservative ÖPV.