European People’s Party Triumphs in European Parliament Elections: Pro-European and Pro-Ukraine Stance Solidified
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff Writer with Agencies 

In a decisive victory, the European People’s Party (EPP) has emerged as the winner in the recent European Parliament elections. Ursula von der Leyen, the EPP’s lead candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, expressed her commitment to maintaining a robust pro-European and pro-Ukraine stance in the institution. Speaking in Brussels as the preliminary results were announced, von der Leyen emphasized the significance of this victory for the future direction of the European Union.

“I’ve been working hard to build a broad and effective majority of pro-European forces. I aim to continue on this path with those who are pro-European, pro-Ukraine, pro-rule of law. And as of tomorrow, this work starts again,” von der Leyen stated, according to Ukrinform.

Von der Leyen also addressed the rise of extremism, vowing to oppose both far-right and far-left movements. Despite far-right parties gaining more support than in 2019, particularly in France and Austria, von der Leyen assured that the EPP would counteract any extremist influences within the European Parliament.

Ukrainian authorities have already reacted positively to the election results. Oleksandr Merezhko, head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, highlighted the encouraging nature of the results based on exit polls. He noted that fears of a sweeping victory by extreme right and left forces, often associated with Russian influence, did not materialize.

“Judging by the results that we now have, based on exit polls, they look quite positive and encouraging. Why? Because, firstly, the expectation that there would be such a triumph of the extreme right and extreme left forces that are associated with Russia did not materialize. The second positive is that the European People’s Party received the most votes, which, by the way, includes the German parties CDU/CSU, which, during the period of full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine, take a pro-Ukrainian position,” Merezhko told Interfax-Ukraine on June 10.

Merezhko further elaborated that Ursula von der Leyen’s leadership and the EPP’s victory provide a strong foundation for forming a broad pro-Ukrainian coalition within the European Parliament. He dismissed concerns about Germany’s support for far-right politicians, noting that their influence remains limited due to their relatively low vote share.

The EPP’s victory is seen as a crucial step towards ensuring stability and continuity in the European Union’s policies, particularly concerning support for Ukraine amid ongoing Russian aggression. The party’s commitment to pro-European and pro-Ukraine principles is expected to play a pivotal role in shaping the EU’s legislative and foreign policy agendas in the coming years.

As the European Parliament prepares for its new term, the focus will likely be on reinforcing unity within the EU, promoting the rule of law, and continuing to support Ukraine in its struggle against external threats. The EPP’s leadership under Ursula von der Leyen promises a steadfast commitment to these values, aiming to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the European Union.

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