Far right successes have sent shock waves throughout the EU (Image: GETTY)
The strong performance of the far-right in Finland's elections has shown the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent. The elections have caused consternation in Brussels ahead of the EU Parliament elections from May 23-26. A similar pattern has emerged in Estonia where prime minister Juri Ratas is in coalition talks with the far-right, anti-EU EKRE party.
In Spain the anti-immigrant Vox party stunned observers and drove Socialist’s from office in Andalusia.
French far-right researcher Jean-Yves Camus told AFP identity and immigration are the "motor force" behind the populist vote in Europe.
He said: ”There is a real crisis of representative democracy which is being challenged through direct democracy.”
The researcher outlined how the hardline nationalist Jussi Halla-aho had driven his party in a much more radical direction than his