French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a televised address to the country on Sunday announcing he would dissolve the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, and call “early” general elections on June 30, in the wake of the stunning results of his party. lose in the European Parliament elections. (Screenshot photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

National elections were a celebration for European conservatives last year, with victories in national elections in Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands.

In addition, European opinion polls pointed to continued growth for conservative political groups ahead of the recently concluded European Parliament elections, in which conservatives stormed to victory.

While votes are still being counted, conservative parties have been gaining ground in the European Parliament, especially at the expense of the Greens’ centrist Renew party and French President Emmanuel Macron, who stands to lose around 40 seats in the European Parliament. Parliament with 720 seats.

Turnout in this year’s elections is estimated at 51%. If confirmed, this would be the highest figure in 30 years for European Parliament elections and would lend credibility to voters’ concerns.

In fact, following a crushing defeat of his Renew party by the National Rally in the European Parliament vote in France, Macron has already dissolved the French parliament and called early elections.

Thanks to their additional seats overall, conservatives will have greater influence on migration and climate policies and can contribute to greater respect for national sovereignty within the European Union.

Perhaps the clearest message voters sent to the European Union was their rejection of the European Green Deal, as the Greens stand to lose around a quarter of their seats.

The Green Deal aims to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050, in the most ambitious agenda of its kind, with diktats imposed by Brussels to enforce compliance. These pressures have led to the economic bulldozing of European farmers and the equivalent of billions of dollars in government spending to make progress on these unrealistic goals.

With all conservative party groups about to overtake the Greens, Europe has an opportunity to jettison the Green Deal’s unrealistic targets and bureaucratic dictates, which ignore Chinese and Russian free-riding, discourage agricultural production and massive state spending stir up.

Not only is illegal immigration a leading issue in the minds of American voters, our transatlantic cousins ​​also view illegal immigration, from Eastern Europe to across the Mediterranean, as a defining political issue.

In previous years, Eastern European countries such as Lithuania and Poland have built border fences and strengthened border guard patrols to prevent illegal migration, even in the face of criticism from the European Union. Sensing the direction of the political winds, the EU recently expanded its border security force, Frontex, and signed legislation to speed up the processing of asylum claims at the European Union’s borders.

Now that we have seen popular support behind the actions of countries such as Poland and Lithuania, but also Italy, to combat illegal migration, often despite criticism from Brussels, the victories of the Conservatives in the European Parliament elections open the door for further strengthening of border protection measures while uncalibrated asylum systems are reworked.

As they consider the prospects for their five-year terms, the newly elected Conservative MEPs should work to reframe the bloc’s approach to national sovereignty.

Philosophically, conservatives have long defended localism against the centralization of power, arguing that the move from proximate decision makers to distant bureaucrats leads to poorer policymaking. Yet the European Union has steadily eroded national sovereignty in areas ranging from trade to defense policy, centralizing power in Brussels and effectively relegating national lawmakers to bystanders.

That centralizing trend has fueled support for conservative parties dating back as far as the 2019 EU elections, as conservatives have rejected this supranational overreach in favor of domestic solutions.

Despite being buoyed by their success in the EU Parliament elections, conservatives should be wary of a repeat of recent history in which election victories have not translated into government victories.

For example, after seven months of negotiations, the Dutch ended up with a technocratic prime minister, and both the Spanish and the Portuguese ended up in government coalitions led by or dependent on socialist parties.

For that reason, it is essential that newly elected conservatives firmly support their voters’ preferences when it comes to reducing illegal immigration, reforming climate policy and respecting national sovereignty.